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How Sleep Deprivation Can Increase Aches and Pains

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Sleep is amazing, but unfortunately, many of us don’t get as much as we should. According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), 50-70 million US adults identify as having a sleep disorder, and 35 percent of adults say they get less than the necessary seven hours of sleep a night.

Sleep deprivation is a very real problem, but have you ever noticed how after a night of tossing and turning, little aches and pains start to feel much bigger than usual? According to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, there’s an actual scientific reason for this!

The research, which was comprised of both a sleep study with actual participants and a survey, found that “acute sleep deprivation amplifies pain reactivity in the brain,” while simultaneously lowering pain thresholds. So yes, if you’ve ever felt super sore from a workout after not sleeping well the night before, you’re not imagining things!

Get Better Sleep

The ASA says one of the best ways to get more sleep (and avoid those increased aches and pains) is to go to bed and wake up around the same time every night. So while it may be tempting to sleep until 11 a.m. on the weekends, if you don’t typically do that during the week, try to avoid a snoozefest.

If you find yourself lying awake and then trying to take a nap the next day to fill your sleep bank, the ASA warns against napping for too long, as it could make falling asleep that night more difficult.

Their third piece of advice around getting better sleep? Don’t just lie there! If you can’t find those zzz’s because of a cold, allergies, or just a general racing mind, get up and find a chair to sit in until you feel sleepy. And if a stuffy nose from occasional allergies or a cold is one of the big reasons sleep is elusive, we’ve got just the thing for that: Breathe Right nasal strips. Effective, drug-free, and easy to apply, Breathe Right nasal strips open your nose to relieve snoring and nighttime nasal congestion due to colds and allergies.

The bottom line: with our go, go, go! culture, losing sleep over work or family life is almost seen as a positive, but when it comes down to our health, that’s not the case at all. Whatever you can do to get the recommended amount of sweet shut-eye, you should do — and Breathe Right is here to help!

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