Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.
– Thomas Dekker
For some, there’s a perverse pride in not having much sleep. And the corporate world has long glamourised burn-out. But getting enough good quality sleep is an essential component for optimal functioning of mind, body and soul, and there is a lot of evidence that shows sleep loss by itself can significantly impair the recovery of muscle and connective tissue. Getting enough, good quality sleep can not only improve your ability to recover, but it will improve your performance, reduce the likelihood of reinjury and help you to manage pain.
“Sleep Hygiene” is a range of different habits that we educate patients on so that they can improve the quality and quantity of their shut-eye, such as taking a hot bath/shower an hour or so before bed, lowering the temperature in your bedroom, eating an appropriate low GI snack or even reading the right type of book.