Objective: Sleep restriction seems to change our experience of pain and reduce laser evoked potential (LEP) amplitudes. However, although LEP-habituation abnormalities have been described in painful conditions with comorbid sleep impairment, no study has previously measured the effect of sleep restriction on LEP-habituation, pain thresholds, and suprathreshold pain. Method: Sixteen males and seventeen females (aged 18–31 years) were randomly assigned to either two nights of delayed bedtime and four hours sleep (partial sleep deprivation) or nine hours sleep. The study subjects slept at home, and the sleep was measured with actigraphy both nights and polysomnography the last night. LEP, thermal thresholds and suprathreshold pain ratings were obtained the day before and the day after intervention. The investigator was blinded. ANOVA was used to evaluate the interaction between sleep restriction and day for each pain-related variable. Results: LEP-amplitude decreased after sleep restriction (interaction p = 0.02) compared to subjects randomized to nine hours sleep. LEP-habituation was similar in both groups. Thenar cold pain threshold decreased after sleep restriction (interaction p = 0.009). Supra-threshold heat pain rating increased temporarily 10 s after stimulus onset after sleep restriction (interaction p = 0.01), while it did not change after nine hours sleep. Conclusion: Sleep...

Ødegård, Siv Steinsmo; Omland, Petter Moe; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Stjern, Marit; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Sand, Trond
Clinical Neurophysiology 126(10): 1979–1987
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