JohnstonPT: Don’t Ignore Back Pain

NEWSLETTER THE HEALTH & FITNESS

2019

NOTES FROM ANDREW I’m tired! I think my old age and the attempts at putting too much in every single day over prolonged weeks, months and maybe even years anxiety and depression. I personally believe that when you’re not resting properly it will increase your pain. How do we prioritize or value sleepmore effectively for our own personal health?While I amcertainly no expert, I am attempting to find my best rhythm for sleep. Part of this is self-serving as I like the way I feel when I am getting enough rest, but more significantly I know that I cannot perform as well in the clinic or whatever activity I might be doing that day. Finding your optimal pattern for sleep can improve your mood, interaction with others and, when you’re injured- speed recovery. Like many things in life, getting a good nights rest is easier said than done. Getting into a sleep hygiene pattern can certainly help. That means finding a common time that you go to bed each night and get up eachmorning.There aremany other things that you can do as well – watch your caffeine use, limit screen time or exposure to bright lights for the last few hours (yes I said few hours) before bed, even temperature of the room your sleeping in can make a difference. For years I have askedmy clients how they are sleeping as an indicator of how much pain they are in and for cluesastowhatmightbethesourceoftheirsymptoms. I think I may have been asking the right question but missing the level of impact that the answer to sleep be having on a client’s recovery. If you’re struggling with an injury that’s preventing you from sleeping – please consider giving us a call to see if it’s there something we can help you with the remedy the situation. After all – you need your rest!

is catching up with me. What’s interesting is out of the blue my son Joshua recommended a podcast and a book to me on sleep. I’ve learned a ton and realize how little education I have ever been given on sleep. Inmy education we talked essentially zero about sleep other than it’s important for rest and recovery. It is so critical to so many different elements of our health. The more I am learning, the more I am convinced it needs to be a bigger part of our medical education and our general wellness education. We have all experienced periods in life where sleep is more challenging – being new parents, having to work and go to school, or even when finances dictate we need to carry 2 jobs. The book that my son recommended is called “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker. I must say I agree with many of the points Walker makes in his book about the near epidemic levels of sleep deprivation and accompanying health issues associated with lack of sleep. According to Walker, consistently failing to get at least 6 or 7 hours of sleep can lead to drastic weakening of your immune system, significantly increase the risk of cancer, disrupt your blood sugar regulation, is a significant player in cardiovascular disease and certainly contributes to

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