Could getting better sleep reduce chronic pain symptoms? Yes, according to numerous studies.
We all know that getting plenty of sleep is always recommended for better health. There is growing scientific evidence of specific health conditions that can arise from a lack of sleep, including obesity and mood disorders. Evidence is mounting that sleeplessness even lowers pain tolerance.
Various studies have found that sleep loss amplifies the nervous system’s pain response, noted Anahad O’Connor of the New York Times. “Though it is not clear why, one theory is that sleep loss increases inflammation throughout the body,” she said. “Catching up on sleep if you are behind may reduce inflammation.”
The ramifications of this connection between sleep and pain could be far-reaching. For instance, a patient could potentially lower their pain by treating a sleep disorder. The correlation also helps explain why pain medication tends to become less effective as people become increasingly sleep deprived.