My worst bout of insomnia occurred two years ago after I fell and broke my wrist. I had an 8-year-old friend who liked to rollerblade, so I decided to buy a pair of used skates and join him one afternoon in skating around the cul-de-sac outside his house. The accident wrecked my sleep for three weeks.
It’s no secret that acute pain following an accident can interfere with sleep. But new research shows that insomnia is actually a stronger, more reliable predictor of pain than pain is of insomnia.