Why is sleep important?
It is common for some people to experience sleep problems. Symptoms may include fatigue, lack of focus and short temper. These symptoms usually follow a poor night’s sleep. A rare poor night’s sleep is not an issue, but chronic changes in sleep can have adverse effects on our overall health. You may find it difficult to concentrate. You may experience low mood and be more prone to medical conditions including obesity and high blood pressure. Other potential risks include heart disease and diabetes . This can have a negative effect on a person's quality of life. It is important we consider how to change this in order to learn How To Sleep Better.
Why do physiotherapists talk about this?
At Physioflexx Ayrshire we have discovered there are associated risks with poor sleep and injury risk. Not only from a physical perspective but also psychological. If we feel low mood and have other psychological issues associated with poor sleep, this can have negative outcomes resulting in longer rehabilitation times. Our bodies need time to recover physically and mentally. If these demands are not met, we are more susceptible to injury and pain. There is evidence to support this with increased risk of musculoskeletal injury in adolescents (Gao et al., 2019) and chronic pain in wider population (Boakye et al., 2016), amongst others.
So, how can you sleep better and what can you do about it?
Read on for some sleep advice for you to apply (adapted advice from Jeremy Christey)
Increased risk of musculoskeletal injury in adolescents with chronic lack of sleep (Gao, B., Dwivedi, S., Milewski, M.D. and Cruz Jr, A.I., 2019. Chronic lack of sleep is associated with increased sports injury in adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 7(3_suppl), p.2325967119S00132.)
Complex relationships between chronic pain, depression and sleep disruption (Boakye, P.A., Olechowski, C., Rashiq, S., Verrier, M.J., Kerr, B., Witmans, M., Baker, G., Joyce, A. and Dick, B.D., 2016. A critical review of neurobiological factors involved in the interactions between chronic pain, depression, and sleep disruption. The Clinical journal of pain, 32(4), pp.327-336.)