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Is a Lack of Sleep Causing Your Pain?

Most people will have had trouble sleeping at some time and understand the common consequences this has. However, research estimates that up to 90% of us have suffered with sleep deprivation at some point, and up to 30% of us meet the diagnostic criteria for insomnia. This means a large percentage of the population have had issues with maintaining regular sleep. A lack of adequate sleep has been strongly linked to depression, anxiety, stress and weight gain due to the increase in the hormone, ghrelin, which makes you feel hungrier and crave foods high in saturated fat and sugar. Lack of sleep is clearly not good news if you’re on a diet, but does it have anything to do with pain?