Do you know the secret ingredient to recovering from an injury?
I will give you a hint it is 5 letters and begins with the letter S.
Have you ever asked yourself a question – does sleep help injuries heal?
This is for you to share with your patients but also serve as a reminder to you as the reader to make sure you are getting enough sleep. Sleep and injury recovery are tightly connected to each other.
So why is sleep so important to injury recovery? Here are a few of the top reasons why getting your daily zzz’s is so important
- Sleep is important for healthy bone marrow. This spongy tissue inside our bones contains the ever so important stem cells. These stem cells inside of the bone marrow eventually form the blood cells in our body.
- When your body enters non-rem sleep also known as deep sleep, the pituitary gland releases growth hormones that helps muscles to repair themselves.
- There is also a hormone know as prolactin which is released while sleeping. This hormone regulates inflammation. If you are not getting enough rest inflammation is more likely to occur.
Muscle and other soft tissue repair and rejuvenate as we sleep. So, if you are not getting the necessary sleep at night than your body will not heal from the daily stresses or bounce back from an injury. Also, as you fall into deeper sleep at night your muscles will have an increase in blood which in turn brings nutrients that repair muscles and speed up the regeneration.
So hopefully this changes any notions about sleep being unproductive. It plays a direct role in recovering from injury along with improving many other functions such as brain performance and mood regulation. It can also help individuals maintain a healthy body weight and improve overall health.
So now that we have highlighted the importance of sleep don’t forget to educate your patients on the importance of seep hygiene. See the list below for some tips
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark and creates a relaxing mood
- Temperature is not too hot or too cold
- Make a habit to go to bed and wake up at the same time even on the weekends
- Remove electronic devices from the bedroom
- Avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol before bedtime
- Get some daily sunshine
- Be sure to exercise daily
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