After being in PT for almost 20 years, I’ve spent the last 5 years looking at methods outside of traditional physical therapy and patient education. Everyone is searching for the elusive magic bullet that will help the non-responders. That is why I started studying mindfulness, nutrition, and sleep. I’ve touched upon sleep here before.
I’ve known that sleep is vital to recovery, for athletes with recurrent injuries, and is associated with individuals in chronic pain. So I wanted to dive into the why. I often educate my patients on the importance of sleep but did not have the background on the mechanisms of why sleep is so vital.
After reading Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, I’ve become convinced that of all the basic pillars (Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise), Sleep may be the most vital and often ignored.
How this Book Can Help Your Patients
Decreased sleep less than 8 hours on average can lead to
- persistent flight or fight mechanisms – increased levels of cortisol
- this was the most AHA moment I’ve had while listening to the audiobook on Audible, as poor sleep quality/quantity has been associated with persistent pain states and central sensitization
- decreased athletic performance, increased likelihood of injury and delayed recovery times
Learning these vital points and learning about their specific mechanisms will only strengthen your patient education.
How this Book Can Help You
- increased energy levels
- better recall – which honestly I just blamed on getting older and having an army of children
- better ability to concentrate and increased productivity
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