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Sleep is an essential component of good health, and it plays a vital role in injury recovery. When we sleep, our bodies are able to repair and regenerate damaged cells and tissues, which can help to reduce inflammation and swelling. Adequate sleep can also boost the immune system and improve overall physical and mental well-being.
Does your back pain make it difficult to sleep or does your lack of sleep increase your back pain? It may not be either-or. In fact, initial findings in several studies show that poor sleep quality and lower back pain are related.
In short, all of this means that sleep quality and pain intensity, affect one another.
The physical benefits of sleep are significant and impactful for our health, physically and mentally. When we sleep, our bodies produce higher levels of certain hormones, such as growth hormones, which are important for tissue repair and regeneration, and essential for injury recovery. In addition, sleep can help to reduce inflammation, which is often a key factor in the recovery process. There are several other ways in which sleep can support injury recovery and overall good health. For example, sleep can:
The amount of sleep that an individual needs can vary depending on their age, lifestyle, and overall health. However, the National Sleep Foundation has recommendations based on age:
To get the biggest benefit from our sleep, it's important to follow good sleep practices. If you need a new routine or have not routine at all, some great things to try:
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It’s important to note that these are general recommendations and that individual needs may vary. Some people may feel well-rested with less sleep, while others may need more. If you struggle with sleep or have questions about how sleep is impacting your health, it’s important to consult your doctor. If pain impacts your ability to sleep or limits your ability to be active, chiropractic care may help you! Your chiropractor is a partner in your health and will work with your other healthcare professionals to be sure that you receive great care to help you to feel your best.
Don’t delay care that can help you live a health forward and motion-filled life, call your nearest MCR Chiropractic to schedule an evaluation or complete the form below to request an appointment.