Pain is not a word that’s often thrown into the conversation on poor sleep, even though poor sleep can lead to muscle and joint pain. Instead, a conversation on poor sleep ushers in thoughts of bags under your eyes, a cartoon animal taping his eyelids open, and sluggishness that’s only fixed with a cup of coffee. But those pesky bags under your eyes are the least of your worries when poor sleep is a nighttime ritual.
Poor Sleep & Pain Go Hand-In-Hand
Research proves that poor sleep:
- Lowers your pain tolerance
- Increases the intensity of your pain
- Increases your chances of experiencing chronic pain
What the above bullets mean is that poor sleep changes your resiliency to pain, and it alters how acutely your pain is felt. Even though pain is enough of a reason to strongly consider tackling sleep issues, there are a few more facts about poor sleep that might further incentivize you to make proper sleep a priority:
- Weight gain
- Decreased concentration
- Decreased productivity
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased inflammation
- Higher likelihood of experiencing depression
- And more!