Campus Commons PT - September 2021


Cognitive: You focus more easily, remember better, and learn quicker when you’re well rested.

From bank accounts to emotions, couples share a lot of things in their lives. But one thing couples have long shared is being called into question: a bedroom. You may have heard about this trend of sleeping apart from a friend or from celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham, who took it to an extreme by building “his and hers” wings in their home. You may not have an extra wing in your home, but if

Mood: Insomniacs are five times more likely to develop depression. Though that’s an extreme, if you’ve ever had a poor night’s sleep, you’ve probably experienced the grumpiness or short temper that can go with it.

you have a spare bedroom, you might consider joining the estimated 25% of American couples who are sleeping separately in an effort to sleep better.

• Heart health: Blood pressure decreases during rest, which helps keep your heart healthy. Chronically poor sleepers are more at risk of heart disease. AREN’T THERE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR COUPLES? One of the most common concerns couples have about sleeping in separate rooms is that it will lead to less intimacy in their partnership. However, sleeping apart often means sleeping more and better, and studies show that well-rested couples are more likely to share intimacy. Plus, sleeping arrangements are highly cultural and change over time. There’s nothing that says that sleeping together is a must for a happy relationship! As more couples are learning, sometimes it’s just the opposite.

WHY SLEEP SEPARATELY? While the stereotype holds that couples who don’t share a bed are in a fight or unhealthy relationship, more and more evidence shows that sleeping alone may simply be the best way to get a good night’s rest. And as more research comes out about the importance of sleep for physical and mental health, some couples can’t figure out how to improve their sleep while sharing a bed with a snoring spouse or one who has a completely different schedule.

If you need a reminder about the myriad benefits of sleep, here are just a few:


CONCUSSIONS Many times, concussions accompany other

What sorts of injuries and conditions do you think people need physical therapy for? Post-surgery recovery? Sports-related injuries? You’d be right on both counts — but physical therapy can help you with so much more. Our bodies are more than just arms, legs, and backs. Likewise, physical therapy can help with conditions localized in other parts of the body that might surprise you. VERTIGO Vertigo, usually characterized by intense dizziness, is the result of calcium crystals in the inner ear (the part of the body responsible for balance) getting dislodged. Physical therapy can help patients with vertigo with a procedure known as the Epley maneuver, which helps return the crystals to their normal positions, greatly reducing or eliminating your vertigo. All it takes is a few sessions of PT. JAW PAIN Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), a common cause of incessant jaw pain, occurs when the jaw is misaligned, causing pain and even lockjaw in some cases. With a few physical therapy sessions to treat the neck and jaw joints, and the muscles that help you chew, you can make a full recovery. No more painful chewing during meals!

bodily injuries as a result of serious accidents. By understanding the nature of the individual patient’s concussion, physical therapists can develop a plan to slowly get a patient’s brain used to different stimuli again, such as bright lights or quick movements. ARTHRITIS This condition is caused by painful swelling in the joints, which certain movements and stretches can mitigate. Physical therapists can give patients with arthritis a series of exercises to perform that will strengthen the muscles around the joints, stabilizing them and reducing pain levels. This list is far from exhaustive, but it should give you an idea of just how many different types of injuries physical therapy can help alleviate. If you have any questions about what Campus Commons Physical Therapy can do for you, call us at 916-927-1333 today. 2

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