You are recovering from an injury, surgery, or treatment, and your doctor has said it is essential to rest and get good sleep. But why is sleep so crucial to healing? In today’s blog from Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, we’ll offer concrete evidence on the healing nature of sleep.
When you’re awake, your brain is constantly working, taking in information and breaking it down. If you’re going through significant trauma or filled with worries, your brain goes on overdrive and can only tend to the moment’s flood of thoughts and emotions.
Once you fall asleep, the outside sources of information diminish. This gives the brain time to assess the rest of the body. When this happens, it signals to parts of the body that need attention, releasing hormones that have healing benefits, like repairing blood vessels and encouraging new tissue growth.
When sleep occurs, our blood pressure drops and allows the entire body to relax. This puts much less stress on the body, allowing oxygen and nutrients to the blood.
When the brain is no longer sending distress signals to the body, and the heart has had a chance to slow pressure and beats, the muscles that make up our body now have an opportunity to release tension. This release allows for a better flow of oxygen and blood through the body. When stress is released, so too are toxins that can hamper healing.
Depression and anxiety are huge roadblocks to physical healing. When we sleep, the brain releases negative emotions and can send positive hormones to the body that assist in recovery. Also, during sleep, we remove any negative thoughts we have throughout the day. This anxiety reduction and negative thoughts are why we feel refreshed and energized after a good night’s sleep.
Tips for Better Sleep
Regardless of whether you’re healing or going about your routine, getting solid sleep is essential for good health. But if you’re recovering from an injury, surgery, or treatment, a good night’s sleep is crucial for better healing. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to your home care provider or your doctor to see what tools you can use to sleep soundly.
- Develop a relaxing nighttime routine, such as going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.
- Eat proper foods for optimum health.
- Get some kind of physical activity every day, based on your physician’s recommendations.
- Turn your bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary of sleep. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet when sleeping.
Phoenix Home Care
Phoenix Home Care & Hospice specializes in caring for clients at home, where we believe the best healing occurs. Our home health services can help you or your loved one navigate the healing process, and we’ll help you rest and sleep better while at home. Contact Phoenix Home Care online or call toll-free 1-888-830-2388 for more information on what we offer.