Less sleep = more pain
Why this matters:
A study in 20202 showed that sleep deprivation resulted in hyperalgesia (increased pain). This is because one of the many benefits of sleep is stress recovery. It allows our body to process the stress that we go through on a daily basis, so that we can move onto the next day. However, if we don’t get enough sleep, that stress will continue to accumulate and make us more sensitive to pain.
Give yourself permission to go to sleep. No task is too urgent to substitute sleep. Simply giving yourself the freedom to close your eyes earlier will even set you up for a longer night of sleep.
If you’re having trouble finding a comfortable position, try rotating your mattress or sleeping on the other side of the bed. If you have a sleeping partner, just let them know you want to try something new.
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