In Sleep Deprived? Naps and Caffeine Might Help Pain

in the Animal model if animal sleep deprived ( Not fragmented sleep though) , they animals become more sensitive to noxious stimuli.  Yet sleep would restore things and Caffeine would also reduce pain reaction.

Sci Signal. 2017 Jun 27;10(485). pii: eaao1782. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aao1782.
A nap a day keeps the pain away?
Ferrarelli LK
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28655856

Alexandre, Chloe, et al.
Decreased alertness due to sleep loss increases pain sensitivity in mice.
Nature Medicine 23.6 (2017): 768-774.
https://www-nature-com.cyber.usask.ca/nm/journal/v23/n6/abs/nm.4329.html

  • mice were kept awake with stimulating activity
  • in this sleep deprived situation were more sensitive to “noxious stimuli”
  • a nap relieved this
  • Ibuprofen had no effect on the pain, but caffeine reduced it.

Comment – apparently this does not work in those not rested because they had frequent wakenings (fragmented sleep). However if shift work or whatever is keeping you up, then a nap or coffee might help you through it all.

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