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More Sleep Reduces Pain Sensitivity

If you need to stop being a pussy, maybe you should take a nap.

http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=28718

Study Objectives:

To determine whether an extended bedtime in sleepy and otherwise healthy volunteers would increase alertness and thereby also reduce pain sensitivity.
Setting:

Outpatient with sleep laboratory assessments.
Participants and Interventions:

Healthy volunteers (n = 18), defined as having an average daily sleep latency on the Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) < 8 min, were randomized to 4 nights of extended bedtime (10 hr) (EXT) or 4 nights of their diary-reported habitual bedtimes (HAB). On day 1 and day 4 they received a standard MSLT (10:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00 hr) and finger withdrawal latency pain testing to a radiant heat stimulus (10:30 and 14:30 hr).
Results:

During the four experimental nights the EXT group slept 1.8 hr per night more than the HAB group and average daily sleep latency on the MSLT increased in the EXT group, but not the HAB group. Similarly, finger withdrawal latency was increased (pain sensitivity was reduced) in the EXT group but not the HAB group. The nightly increase in sleep time during the four experimental nights was correlated with the improvement in MSLT, which in turn was correlated with reduced pain sensitivity.
Conclusions:

These are the first data to show that an extended bedtime in mildly sleepy healthy adults, which resulted in increased sleep time and reduced sleepiness, reduces pain sensitivity.
Citation:

Roehrs TA; Harris E; Randall S; Roth T. Pain sensitivity and recovery from mild chronic sleep loss. SLEEP 2012;35(12):1667-1672.

whats good sleepy head.

I think 10 hours of sleep is a good start for most ills

Anecdotally: I’ve barely slept more than 6 consecutive hours in the 3 years since our daughter was born, usually 3-5, often interrupted. Now I pretty much cry for no reason. These findings do not surprise me.

Xen,

Thanks for posting that.

My first thought was, not really surprising. Tri-cyclic antidepressants are often used successfully to treat fibromyalgia, so my mind was doing the “better sleep yields better hormones yields better processing of nociceptive input” tract. Then I remembered that sleep deprivation can both cause and lessen depression and I realized I was WAY the hell out of my lane.

Anyway, thanks for posting it.

Regards,

Robert A

[quote]batman730 wrote:
Anecdotally: I’ve barely slept more than 6 consecutive hours in the 3 years since our daughter was born, usually 3-5, often interrupted. Now I pretty much cry for no reason. These findings do not surprise me.[/quote]

That is “not optimal”.

Going with out sleep is being shown to have similar effects to alcohal intoxication.

ABSTRACT
http://oem.bmj.com/content/57/10/649.short

ABSTRACT
http://hfs.sagepub.com/content/41/1/118.short

Full PDF of a literature review article
http://web2.med.upenn.edu/uep/user_documents/dfd3.pdf

Regards,

Robert A

[quote]Robert A wrote:

[quote]batman730 wrote:
Anecdotally: I’ve barely slept more than 6 consecutive hours in the 3 years since our daughter was born, usually 3-5, often interrupted. Now I pretty much cry for no reason. These findings do not surprise me.[/quote]

That is “not optimal”.

Going with out sleep is being shown to have similar effects to alcohal intoxication.

ABSTRACT
http://oem.bmj.com/content/57/10/649.short

ABSTRACT
http://hfs.sagepub.com/content/41/1/118.short

Full PDF of a literature review article
http://web2.med.upenn.edu/uep/user_documents/dfd3.pdf

Regards,

Robert A

[/quote]

I absolutely agree that this is “not optimal”.

I am familiar with the comparisons between sleep deprivation and alcohol intoxication. Sadly, in my experience, if this is true I only seem to get the less desirable effects of intoxication without the delicious taste and warm happy glow. Kind of a rip off really.

Thanks for the links. Will read later. Must sleep now…

I fucking love sleep! :stuck_out_tongue: