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Sleep For Injury Recovery

Sleep for injury recovery

Sleep plays a crucial part in injury recovery. In fact sleep is often classified as the secret ingredient. Having a healthy sleeping pattern is so important for both physical and mental health. 8 hours of sleep every night allows your body to rest and recover. Research has shown that sleep can help aid tissue healing in particular for wound healing or that painful tendinopathy!

 

When we’re snoozing, our body is producing growth hormones. These hormones stimulate growth, which help with cell reproduction, cell regeneration and regulation of your body’s metabolism. All of these processes are necessary steps in tissue repair. Additionally, when we are sleeping, our general energy consumption is lowered which means more of our energy can be used to restore our bones and muscles.

 

Who would have thought that a bit of beauty sleep could help with that injury you have been battling with!

 

Here are a few tips and tricks to get you sleeping better!

 

  1. Get the light right: Dim the lights at night time before going to bed. Avoid TV watching or phone/laptop usage. Any bright light will stimulate your brain to stay awake.
  2. Wind down before bed time: After a busy day allow yourself 1 hour to rest before bedtime. If your brain is stimulated, you will struggle to sleep.
  3. Watch what you drink: Avoid caffeine before bed – Caffeinated drinks can stay in your system for up to 8 hours! Even alcohol can keep you up at night due to the effects it has on your REM sleep.
  4. Go to bed and wake up the same time each day: our bodies like routine. By keeping that habit, your body won’t be stressed due to that constant change in sleep pattern.
  5. Finally, exercise during the day: exercise helps promote good quality sleep. Do avoid High intensity workouts close to bed time.

 

There you have it! If you have been battling with an injury and can’t seem to get it right…definitely look at your sleep routine and sleep patterns!