Previously we’ve talked about the importance of following post-surgical instructions and what you can do to help your body heal after surgery. In this blog piece we will discuss why getting your rest is so vital to healing faster and better. People tend to discount sleep as being unimportant, especially when there are more entertaining things to do, but without sleep you will feel worse for longer after your surgery and even after you’ve healed you will not be at your best. Why is sleep so important?
We all know what we feel like when we’re tired: cranky and not at our best. If you are sleep deprived, you are slower to react, less able to focus or remember details, and more likely to fall or run into things. Sleep deprivation also affects your ability to control your emotions. You are more likely to experience frustration, irritability, mood swings, or depression if you are not getting enough sleep. Some of that is because your brain simply cannot perform as well. While you are asleep, your brain is working to create new neural pathways that will help you learn better and remember more information. Without that brain development many mental tasks will be harder to perform than they have to be.
Getting adequate sleep is also crucial for physical health. When your body is in deep sleep it produces many hormones, including the one that promotes cell growth, either for development or repair. That’s when your heart and your blood vessels heal and repair themselves and when, after surgery, the real work of healing happens. Naps are not enough. You have to sleep long enough to experience REM sleep, the final stage of a single sleep cycle. Over the course of 8 hours of sleep, a person will go through multiple sleep cycles, sleeping more lightly at first and more deeply later with longer periods of the restorative REM sleep. Experiments with rats have demonstrated that REM sleep and lifespan are interconnected.
If you’re concerned about maintaining your figure, you need to add more sleep to your schedule too. During sleep your body regulates other hormones, including leptin, ghrelin, and insulin. These control your hunger levels and your blood sugar. If you do not get enough sleep, you will feel hungrier, and your body will convert more of the food you’ve eaten into stored fat. You are setting your diet up to fail if you do not factor in your need to sleep enough at night, no matter how much resolution you have to lose weight or keep it off.
Bancroft Feldman wants you to succeed in the aesthetic goals your set for yourself, whether that means a better diet, more exercise, weight loss, or enhancements through plastic surgery. Getting enough sleep must be a part of the process for anyone who wants a better body and better health. We cannot recommend it enough. Are you getting your 8 hours of sleep every night?