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Sleeping Longer At Night Could Up Your Pain Tolerance: Study

Sleeping Longer At Night Could Up Your Pain Tolerance: Study.

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To be less sensitive to pain, you might want to hit the hay.

A small new study links sleeping longer at night with decreased pain sensitivity andmore alertness during the day.

“Our results suggest the importance of adequate sleep in various chronic pain conditions or in preparation for elective surgical procedures,” study researcher Timothy Roehrs, Ph.D., of Henry Ford Hospital. “We were surprised by the magnitude of the reduction in pain sensitivity, when compared to the reduction produced by taking codeine.”

The study included 18 people between ages 21 and 35 who were healthy, free of painand sleep-deprived (their sleepiness was determined by using an assessment called the Multiple Sleep Latency Test). Researchers had some of the participants spend four nights going to bed at their normal time, and had the others go to bed for 10 hours each night. The researchers found that the group who was instructed to spend 10 hours each night in bed slept for 1.8 hours longer than those who were allowed to go to bed at their usual time.

The researchers tested the study participants’ pain tolerance by having them do a radiant heat stimulus test, where they had to leave their finger as long as possible by a source of heat. They found that those who were instructed to stay in bed longer were able to keep their fingers by the heat source 25 percent longer than those who got less sleep.

Read more at Huffington Post

Five Common ‘No No’s’ for People With Fibromyalgia

My empathy is with Fibromyalg­ia patients. I agree with earlier comments about these patients being labelled neurotic and getting shuffled from doctors to doctors without getting much help. Few points: 1. Fibromyalg­ia causes non-restor­ative sleep characteri­zed by frequent arousals and alpha intrusion (wakefulne­ss like EEG waves lasting for 3 sec or more). 2. Control of pain helps improve sleep and better sleep helps reduce pain. 3. Avoid caffeine completely­. Exercise in moderation­. Learn self-relax­ation and mindfulnes­s meditation­. See a Rheumatolo­gist and discuss antidepres­sant medicine with sedating properties­. Maintain a regular sleep wake schedule. See a sleep doc if you continue to have sleeping difficulti­es. Exclude other sleep disorders like restless legs, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy as commented above. Stay awake driving. Do not blame yourself.
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