How To Get Your Best Night's Sleep and Supercharge Your Healing - Part One

Sleep is an essential component of your health that often gets overlooked and rarely gets prioritized. 

Whether you are trying to recover from injury, a heavy gym session or a blowout weekend, getting some quality sleep is going to speed you back to peak fitness as quickly as possible

Sleep has immense healing powers, with the capacity to promote tissue development, repair damaged or dysfunctioning cells and help boost immune function. Researchers have found that it’s not just the amount of sleep but also the quality that plays a large role in the body’s ability to adapt and recover from injury.

A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that subjects experiencing sleep deprivation had fewer capillary vessels and fibroblasts, which are essential to recovery suggesting that poor sleep may inhibit the healing process.

But how much sleep does the average person need?

While sleep requirements vary between people, Adults need to be regularly getting 7-9 hrs of good quality sleep to perform at their best. And those adults who are aiming for peak physical performance, really need to be increasing that towards 10 hrs per day

When it comes to children, there are vastly different recommendations based on age. Basically, the younger we are the more sleep we require. This chart below is a great guide to use.

So the question is, Are you getting enough sleep or do you need to make some changes?

Check out part 2 for some more information on what reduced sleep is doing to your health

Written by Dr. Simon Weekes, Chiropractor at Better Back Chiropractic, Oakbank - serving the Adelaide Hills and Mt Barker Regions.

References:

Asleep on the Job: Costs of Inadequate Sleep in Australia, Sleep Health Foundation, Aug 2017

https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/

American Heart Association Scientific Conferences, Palm Harbor, Fla., March 10-14, 2009.
News release, American Heart Association

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