Carrick Institute

Sleep and Pain Perception

“Researchers found that poor sleep interferes with pain centers in the brain and can change how a person perceives and reacts to a noxious stimuli.

The scans showed that when the group was sleep-deprived, they had a 120% increase in the activity of their somatosensory cortex, the brain region that interprets pain perception. This means their pain threshold was lower than it had been after they had slept for eight hours.”

How much sleep do you recommend to your patients suffering from pain?

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