Sleep and Injury Risk:
Well hello there, Dr. J, Chiropractor Tigard Community and all that, and oh yeah, very recently a new father. The past 2 months have been an absolute blur, as all parents can attest, but there’s something I noticed the other day I needed to take heed of. I never realized just how important sleep was until we had our first little monster and suddenly 8 hours per night of sleep changed to 4-6 hours. And I know all about the studies of sleep and pain or injury, but it wasn’t until I was face first in the middle of it that I realized the struggle is real! (#thestruggleisreal )
There’s a great graphic that I’ll post below showing some of the results of a sleep and athletics study performed by the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25028798) that goes through the information regarding amount of hours of sleep and injury rates. This is especially true, as a Chiropractor for Tigard local athletes, and especially high school athletes, which the study focused significantly on.
If you aren’t getting enough sleep then you will run the risk of incurring an injury if you are engaged in sports or athletics. As a Chiropractor, I aim to help the Tigard community not only with pain but overall health. This also includes quality rest to keep injuries to a minimum. I myself have experienced during my regular workouts just how much easier it is to be injured, and keep it injured after it occurs due to healing taking longer. For all of the kids who take place in sports each year, we really need to have more emphasis on proper sleep training and education on and off the sports field. This is especially true in that over 50% of adolescent athletes report getting less than 8 hours of sleep.
I’m certainly not a sleep doctor, but as a Chiropractor for Tigard local athletes, I can say that I do see a lot of injuries. And I can’t help but think how many of those injuries and pain are involved with poor sleep. Below is a video with some good tips that will help with getting to sleep and staying asleep. -Dr. J