Why losing sleep is a real pain…

Everything somehow feels worse after a poor night’s sleep…including our aches and pains.

New research by sleep experts Adam Krause and Matthew Walker from the University of California, Berkeley, has shown that the amplified pain we might feel after a restless night isn’t just all in our minds – but that lack of sleep can actually affect the brain’s pain management centres.

In an experiment, they tested the ‘ouch’ tolerance of a group of volunteers – once after the group had a good night’s sleep and once after they’d stayed up all night.

The result? Their sensitivity to pain increased markedly after the sleepless night.

What’s more, brain imaging showed a rise in activity in regions of the brain linked to pain sensitivity and less activity in regions linked to managing and relieving pain.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, or suffer from insomnia, my book – 222 Ways To Trick Yourself to Sleep – has plenty of scientifically supported tips that might help you nod off easier and get that all-important shut-eye for optimum health. You can order it here from Amazon or here from Waterstones

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