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Ease Your Pain With Sleep

ease-your-pain-with-sleep_300Sometimes, the simplest health solutions are the best. If you suffer from chronic pain, research shows that simply getting more sleep can tone down your sensitivity.

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

When study participants slept about two hours more per night, their pain sensitivity dropped by about 25 percent. The researchers report that the magnitude of benefit is greater than the effect found in a previous study of 60 mg of codeine.

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineEasy Health Options NewsPainSleep

About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • Doug Pedersen

    Hello: I just read the article about sleep helping with pain. I suffer with chronic pain 24/7. I found however that laying–sleeping, or sitting up sleeping adds to my pain levels. Where-as sleeping is a form of escape from pain or seems to be –pains ugly head rises when and every time I awaken

  • Travis Ehrenstrom

    So much is coming to light about the importance of good and proper sleep habits. The human body is so powerful and it will fix most of it’s ailments as long as you give it the time and fuel that it needs to heal! There are so many products coming out that help remind you how important sleep is and I am thankful that people are starting to realize that sometimes your body can save itself! Thanks for the great post!