The Benefits of Sleep for Physical Therapy

Author: Brandon Guastafeste, PT, DPT, CSCS

To increase mood, sports performance, and general health, quality sleep is crucial for physical therapy recovery. Overall, sleep is essential and effective in Physical Therapy to reduce pain, increase mental well-being, and can lead to better therapy outcomes.

Some Benefits of Quality Sleep are:

  • Speed Up Muscle Recovery
    • Repair and rebuild muscles
    • Reduce Pain
    • Improve strength
  • Decrease Inflammation
    • Good sleep helps in quicker and smoother healing
  • Strengthen Cognitive Function
    • Improve memory and learning
    • Help patient perform exercises correctly
  • Improves Pain Tolerance
    • Allows physical therapy sessions to be more tolerable   
  • Boosts Immune Function
    • Helps fight infections
    • Supports recovery
  • Enhances Motivation
    • Improves mental health
    • Continues patient motivation and engagement

A few tips for Better Sleep:

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Make sure sleep environment is dark, quiet, and cool
  • Avoid screen time before bed
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol in the evening