The Power of Sleep-advice from Osteopath Christian Bates

Christian Bates Osteopath The Power of Sleep

The Power of Sleep

We’ve all been told that rest is important, but in today’s always-on culture many of us aren’t getting the sleep we need. Far from being the preserve of the lazy, sleep plays an essential role in keeping us healthy.

As an osteopath, Christian Bates sees the toil that everyday wear and tear takes on our bodies. He works with clients to overcome these issues. He’s teamed up with the experts at Sussex Beds to promote the importance of good back health and the ways to take better care of ourselves.

Good sleep is a gift

Christian comments:

“Good sleep is a gift. It plays a vital role in our ability to renew and refresh in so many fundamental ways. However many of us don’t create the right conditions for good sleep. Whether it’s not having the right mattress to support your body or reading on your mobile before bed. Or it may simply be just staying up too late, there are a host of bad habits that actively prevent us from getting the rest we deserve, and need.

Time to heal

Good sleep supports and encourages the reproduction of cells involved in repair.

During the night, we go through different stages of sleep – known as a sleep cycle. Each cycle ranges from 90 to 120 minutes in length and runs ‘on repeat’ until morning. Most of the essential repair work occurs in the 3rd and 4th stages of sleep. Therefore the longer we rest, the more sleep cycles we benefit from.

Brain cells repair and rewire

During this magic stage our brain cells repair and rewire. Also our ability to produce myelin increases. This substance surrounds nerve cells and aids the functioning of our nervous system from our brain to our spinal cord. Sleep also promotes deep relaxation and strengthens ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bones. Backs need sleep!

What’s the harm?

More than simply feeling tired, studies have shown that sleep deprivation can raise blood pressure and increase the heart rate. It can knock our immune system in the same way stress does. Lack of sleep can also cause us to eat more: tiredness increases our chances of reaching for the wrong food. Therefore interrupting appetite-regulating hormones which can lead to weight gain.

So the best advice I can give my patients is to spend time creating a comfortable, sleep-inducing environment in your bedroom. Make sure your mattress is providing the optimum, supportive foundation for a rejuvenating night.

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