Beat Back Pain with Sleep

Struggling with an achy back (or head, or hip)? Get your z's.

In a small study, well-rested volunteers were 25 percent less sensitive to pain than those who were mildly sleep-deprived.

One trick for getting 40 winks: Block out more time than you need. Study subjects who agreed to spend 10 hours a night in bed dozed nearly 9 hours, while those who followed their regular nighttime routine slept just a little more than 7 hours (and were tired the next day).

Give yourself a bedtime and stick to it!

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