Esperance Physiotherapy

- Caring for your health -

Following on from the previous two emails (Part 1: Your Stress Guide, Part 2: Exercise & Diabetes), you now are able to assess your level of stress at present (and recognise that this level will change with time and circumstance) plus you better understand the way your body responds to stress. How chemicals are released in response to perceived stress and then the effects these chemicals will have on your body. We also looked at the positive benefit that exercise has on one chronic health condition, that being diabetes, but is has similar positive benefits on other chronic conditions like osteoporosis and heart health. Sleepless lady

Now we are looking at the effect poor sleep has on our health and what you can do to improve this situation. Remember, sleep (of which we spend 1/3 of our lives) is critical for recovery - both physical and mental. We process our experiences, organize our thoughts, problem solve and test out theories all while asleep. When we are in the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycle, we are actually physical paralyzed (apart from eyes and diaphragm), so we don’t hurt ourselves (or partner) while testing out our newly acquired super powers! I think all would agree that a poor night's sleep, results in a less than ideal sport or work performance the next day. I seemed to handle late nights when studying, but clearly, remember how wasted I felt getting up a few times in one night when the children were young.


In the last post, we looked at stress and what effect it has on our body. Huge.

Stress is a part of most people’s lives. Now that we are aware of the effect of stress on our body, we are turning towards methods that we can employ to better manage this stress, but first an analogy.

If you think of your stress capacity as a glass (some people have taller glasses than others = better ability to cope with their stress), into which stress from different sources (review the stress scorecard from the last blog) is poured. As subsequent amounts are tipped into the glass the level rises. When the glass overflows, that is when our body succumbs to something; a migraine, low back pain, mental exhaustion, heart attack or acne flare-up for example.


So you may have heard that stress is positive, even necessary to get ahead in life. True. But this is where it is important to understand the difference between short-term and repeated (or chronic) stress. But first, let's understand how our body is hard-wired to respond to stress.

Survival Reflex


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We are upgrading our website to enable us to provide you with current and relevant information relating to improving your health and well-being. While the physical visuals will not change much, the whole back end has changed enabling us to provide you with more services, one of which is this blog.

Sometimes this will involve links to other blogs that feature relevant information, some we will provide from our experience and training and some will be in relation to new products that we have sourced simply because they will improve your lifestyle.