More Sleep Equals Less Pain?

May 12, 2017

Chronic sleep loss increases pain sensitivity, according to a new mouse study from Harvard Medical School researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  The study suggests that chronic pain sufferers can get relief by getting more sleep, or, short of that, by taking medications to promote wakefulness, such as caffeine.  Both approaches performed better than standard painkillers in a rigorous study in mice, described in the journal Nature Medicine on May 8.