Be honest: how many hours of sleep do you get at night on average? Less than seven? A lot less than seven? If that’s the case, then you are part of the one-third of American adults who don’t get enough shut-eye.
We all know that lack of sleep has been associated with injuries, chronic diseases and irritability, but now a comprehensive study in the journal Sleep suggests it might also weaken tolerance for pain.
“Our results suggest the importance of adequate sleep in various chronic pain conditions or in preparation for elective surgical procedures,” said Timothy Roehrs, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator and lead author. “We were surprised by the magnitude of the reduction in pain sensitivity, when compared to the reduction produced by taking codeine.”
Even more reason to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following sleep hygiene tips to achieve healthy sleep: