Early results from a smartphone-based weather study in the UK show that rain and lack of sunshine have an impact on how we perceive pain.
Over 9,000 people are participating in The University of Manchester’s Cloudy with a Chance of Pain project, using a special app to record their daily pain levels.
The app also captures hourly weather conditions using the phone’s GPS, giving researchers the ability to compare the pain data with real-time local weather.
Researchers reviewed data from participants in three cities – Leeds, Norwich and London – and found that as the number of sunny days increased from February to April, the amount of time participants spent in severe pain decreased.
Pain News Network - By Pat Anson, Editor