Updated: Apr 21
When comes to recovery, we often focus on things like nutrition and rehabilitation, however, many fail to consider another vital component that speeds up recovery – quality rest!
Pushing yourself too hard during recovery can cause immediate or long-term physical complications. It’s common for patients undergo recovery to feel mentally and emotionally vulnerable, hence, quality rest during recovery state is very important because your body is going to do a lot of healing when your body is at rest or sleep.
Sleep is an essential biological function, and sleep deprivation can lead to a variety of physiologic and psychological dysfunctions. Disrupted sleep can result from numerous and diverse causes, including primary sleep disorders, medical conditions, environmental factors and psychological factors like stress and anxiety and eventually leads to poor recovery and lengthens hospital stays.
Converging evidence from different research paradigms suggest that psychological stress and disrupted sleep can affect the rate of recovery. A meta-analytic study using diverse wound healing models and outcomes found that across studies there was an average correlation of 0.42 between psychological stress and wound healing.
Here are a few ways in which poor rest quality negatively affects the recovery process:
1. It directly impacts your immune system
2. It slows down tissue growth
3. It can compromise healthy eating habits
Active Recovery = Nutrition x Rehabilitation x Quality Rest
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Walburn J., Vedhara K., Hankins M, et al. Psychological stress and wound healing in humans: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Psychosom Res. 2009;67(3):253–71.
Gouina J.P., Glasera J.K. The Impact of Psychological Stress on Wound Healing: Methods and Mechanisms. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2011 Feb; 31(1): 81–93.