Sleep! Why it is so important?

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

In recent years, research has been adding to the reasons why sleep is so important for every one of us.

As a physio, I know more about the relationship between pain and sleep, but there is a whole lot more to it than that.

A lot of what I have learned so far has come from CPD courses, and from starting this book:

Most recently I learned that there has been research that shows that an increase in hours slept, can reduce bone stress injury significantly in some groups of runners. (Finestone and Milagrom 2008).

Here is a summary of sleep effects on the body, from the NHS website, in an easy to read format:

And here are some of my favourite resources to go to when helping people in pain think about their sleep and what could help:

(You can download both of these as PDFs to print if it works better for you).

I do not claim to be an expert in sleep or know a whole lot about it, hence why I refer to these resources to help you learn and understand more yourself :)

Above everything, we all know how a good night's sleep can make us feel, and listening to our bodies on a day to day basis and becoming more familiar with what helps us feel good is the key 🔑 to being healthier!


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