Why Sleep is So Important After an Injury

July 23, 2019

This blog post was provided by a guest contributor.


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One way to treat pain is by allowing muscles to rest and recover, which can best be done by

sleeping. Sleeping allows the body to repair itself and acts as a natural pain reliever. It will also help to relieve any stress that individuals may feel after sustaining an injury. 


Why Sleep is Important Post-Injury


While recovering from an injury, it is important to explore the treatment options

available. Casts and wraps, for example, are common ways to protect bones from further

damage. Casts can be placed by visiting a healthcare professional who can assess the injury and determine the best treatment. Wraps can be purchased from most stores, including online shops, and work by immobilizing the area around the injury to avoid further damage.


Aside from visiting a medical professional and obtaining a cast or wrap for an injury, sleep is the best natural remedy for injuries. This is because sleeping allows the body time and energy to repair itself. The hormones that work to heal injuries, for example, will be more plentiful when the injured party gets plenty of rest. HGH levels (which build and repair bodily tissues) also increase with rest. This allows the body to repair itself more easily, resulting in a shortened healing time. 


How to Get Better Sleep


It is important to receive the right amount of sleep during the injury recovery process, and there are a few different ways to improve sleep quality and quantity. 


Create a Good Sleep Environment


First, create an environment that is conducive to sleep. That means that the room must be calm, cool, and quiet. Consider adding a fan to add white noise and breezy airflow. It is also helpful to remove any devices from the room so that they do not cause any disturbance while sleeping. 


Create a Bedtime Routine


It helps to also create a bedtime routine. The hour before sleep should be screen-free and

relaxing. Replace screens with reading or quiet contemplation. Additionally, accomplish any

work that must be done well before bedtime and spend the time saved doing something peaceful like reading. 


Having a routine helps prepare the body for bed. Do the same activities before bed every night to train the body to recognize them as precursors to sleep and prepare itself for rest. Consistency in sleep schedule – falling asleep and waking up at the same time every day – is another element to consider adding to a bedtime routine. 


Try Light Exercise


It’s important to be mindful of an injury when doing any kind of physical activity, but the

existence of an injury doesn’t necessarily preclude exercise altogether. Performing gentle

exercises can help boost immune function and reduce the chances of infection, for example,

while also creating a relaxing environment conducive to quality, uninterrupted rest. Gentle yoga might be something to add to a bedtime routine. This activity can help safely stretch muscles and get the heart pumping without risking further injury. 


Sleep is the best natural remedy for injuries, and there are a number of things that can be done to help improve its quality. Keep the tips above in mind and make sure to get between seven and eight hours of sleep every night.


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