We all live with an injury at some point in our lives, and it sucks. Injuries prevent us from going about our lives and participating in the activities we love.
Unfortunately, when you push your body too hard while you’re injured, you can actually prolong the injury for weeks or months longer than necessary. Even though it’s hard to do, it’s important to take a break and give your body the rest it needs to recover.
One of the most vital components of that rest is sleep. While you’re asleep, your body regenerates tissue, delivers nutrients to vital systems, and initiates cellular repair.
But what happens if you’re struggling to sleep? There’s a reason sleep deprivation is used by some cultures as a torture method – sleep is vital to survival. If you don’t sleep, you can’t function, and your body doesn’t have time to repair. You create a cumulative effect of non-repaired tissue – layering more damage on top of your injury and prolonging your pain. The pain keeps you awake and the whole cycle continues.
At the clinic, we frequently treat injured patients who are struggling to get to sleep. Their sleep problems impact their whole life, making it hard for them to function as a spouse, parent, employee, and happy human being. We recommend the following tips to help get a good night’s sleep:
1. Cut the stress
If you’re worried before you go to bed, you’ll spend all night trying to think instead of nodding off. Try relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation to release stress, or ask for help to relieve stressful burdens. Perhaps it’s time you delegated tasks at work, or dropped a couple of responsibilities that are stressing you out.
2. Make bedtime sacred
Save your bedroom only for sleeping and intimacy. Get rid of TVs, computers, and other screens. Don’t bring work or other chores into the bedroom.
An hour before bedtime, start preparing yourself for sleep. Have a hot shower, enjoy a soothing tea (nothing with caffeine), turn off your TV and phone, read a book, and slowly wind yourself down.
3. See a physio
Physiotherapy can help isolate and relieve the pain that’s keeping you awake at night. If you come to The Corrective Clinic, we can give you some personalised advice to help you get better sleep, and we have a whole team of professionals across nutrition, massage, acupuncture, and fitness who will give you a complete holistic toolkit to a quick recovery.
Getting a good night’s sleep won’t just help you to heal faster, it will make you healthier, happier, and improve your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. If you want more advice on how to heal from injury faster and get better sleep, come see the team at The Corrective Clinic today.