Sleep is essential for many things, including pain relief. But if you don’t sleep properly, your pain will stay persistent.

According to research, if one doesn’t have an adequate amount of sleep, “brain activity ramps up in pain-sensing regions while activity is scaled back in areas responsible for modulating how we perceive painful stimuli” (“Poor sleep”, 2019).

To study this, researchers utilized healthy young adults, and kept them awake throughout the night. It was observed that there was more activity in their somatosensory cortex (which is responsible for deciphering sensations), and reduced activity in the striatum and insula cortex (which affect homeostasis) when undergoing a pain sensitivity task (“Poor sleep”, 2019).

The participants proceeded to  report more pain throughout the day, after a poor, almost sleep-less night – this research could provide more insight on an effective approach to pain management by analyzing sleep patterns (“Poor sleep”, 2019).

Reference: Society for Neuroscience. (2019, January 29). Poor sleep at night, more pain the next day. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 3, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190129093714.htm