You know that feeling when you go to bed feeling alright and wake up with everything in your body aching? That happens not because you slept in a wrong position or on a lousy pillow, science have an explanation for that check it out below.
Turns out that our bodies work on suppressing inflammation while we are asleep so when we wake up it feels like the inflammations are all back on and we have all that pain again, according to a study don’t by Manchester University published by the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
Researchers examined humans and mice cells who were diagnosed with the inflammatory disease rheumatoid arthritis, people with RA have always known that the pain and stiffness can vary at different times of the day, with many reporting greater pain upon waking up, our body clocks that tell us when to go to bed and when to wake up is what is in control for this pendulum of pain.
What the researchers found was that, the mice that slept in light had their paws slightly swollen and having more inflammatory marks on their bodies as they woke up, in darkness these inflammatory marks decreased but they began to slowly rise back up in the morning, the author of the study Julie Gibbs ,PhD says that this study didn’t examine pain, but assuming that with greater inflammations levels comes more pain, then we’d expect higher pain levels in the morning as Inflammation levels rise.
A specific protein in our cells that grove our inner circadian clocks, tend to also influence inflammation, that protein is called cryptochrome. The author believes that with more research experts might be able to figure out the best time of the day that anti-inflammatory meds may be most effective or even target this protein to reduce inflammation.
In the meantime, knowing that your circadian rhythm can actually affect the pain levels you experience, then it is better to work with it than against it in order to reduce pain, especially if you are already suffering from an ongoing joint pain. It is known that having a regular healthy circadian rhythm is beneficial for the general health state. So make sure to maintain healthy schedules of sleeping and waking up even on weekends.