Ep52: How Sleep Affects Our Health and Pain Levels

We all know that sleep is important and that we should get enough sleep, but this can be hard to put into practice. This is episode 1 of our 4 part sleep series to get better sleep. Today, we explore why sleep is so important. Why do we need sleep? What happens when we sleep? What are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? How does not sleeping enough influence our pain levels?

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Insomnia Until it Hurts. The role of sleep deprivation in chronic pain, especially muscle pain

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