Hi – I’m Dr. Meredith Warner, orthopedic surgeon, functional medicine physician, Air Force veteran, and founder of Well Theory.
One of the most common recommendations I make to my patients is for them to make good sleeping habits more of a priority. Sleep is when your body repairs itself, regenerates tissues, clears out most of your harmful free radicals, and more.
Getting 7-9 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep a day is essential to maintaining good health. It’s when your brain and body do most of their “housekeeping” tasks like removing toxins and inflammation, neutralizing harmful free radicals, and more.
Because of its benefits for antioxidant production and function, good sleep is really one of the best anti-aging treatments possible.
Oxidative damage, or damage to your cells membranes, DNA, mitochondria and more from free radical activity, can “speed up” the aging process by degrading these structures over time.