The body needs energy to heal, so it’s important to allow enough time to recharge while damaged tissues are being repaired. Getting enough good-quality sleep after an injury can help the body heal. Tissue rejuvenates at night, so low-quality or limited sleep can stall the healing process.1 Try to create a quiet, restful environment that allows you to get uninterrupted sleep, and take more breaks than usual throughout the day to allow the body to rest during the recovery process.
Some of the methods you may try to help promote more restful sleep include2:
- Following a bedtime routine that may allow you to relax and wind down for the day.
- Making your bedroom dark and quiet so there are no distractions.
- Trying to avoid consuming caffeine in the afternoon and evening.
- Reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption.
- Trying to stay on a regular sleep schedule so your body knows when to shut down.
- Avoiding heavy, fatty foods right before bed.
- Getting plenty of natural light. This may be tough if you work an office job or are recovering from an injury, because you might not spend much time outside. Try scheduling a walk for 20 minutes each morning or evening.
Maintaining these habits even after recovering from an injury may help ensure that you continue to get sufficient rest and allow your body the opportunity to recover from the day’s activities.