9 things that can lower your pain tolerance

Jessica Dysart is a senior staff writer at Considerable.

Ever wonder what causes a low pain tolerance? Studies have confirmed that sensitivity to pain varies from person to person. If a pinch feels more like a punch to you, your sleep habits, gender and other surprising culprits could be to blame.

1. Insomnia

Trouble sleeping can diminish your tolerance to pain, according to a Norwegian study published in the journal PAIN. Researchers found that participants who experienced insomnia more than once a week had a significantly lower pain tolerance than those who didn’t have trouble sleeping.

Although studies show a relationship between sleep and pain tolerance, researchers still have no answer as to why.

2. Depression

Depression is known to affect pain, says Sadiah Siddiqui, M.D., an anesthesiologist at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University. Read more of this in https://www.considerable.com/health/pain-management/low-pain-tolerance-causes/

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