You follow the doctor’s orders when it comes to taking your medication, switching your dressings and treating the wounded area with careful attention. Understandably, you want to get back to your healthy, tip-top shape in the least amount of time possible.

Wondering how to make a wound heal faster? Keep these methods in mind to recover from your injury in record time:

Get your rest

Recent research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggested that getting more sleep can help wounds heal faster. The researchers analyzed groups of participants who only slept for three hours at night versus those who slept normally for the duration of the study. They found that the sleep restriction led to higher levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, plus it delayed healing time by almost an entire day when compared to those who slept for the longer duration. These results point to a healthy sleeping routine for those hoping for speedy recovery.

woman sleepingA healthy sleeping routine can help boost the wound healing process.

Eat your vegetables

The same study found that nutritional supplements, in addition to healthy amounts of sleep, boosted the immune response in the participants. That’s because healthy foods are the fuel your body needs to propel the wound healing process.

Foods rich in nutrients and vitamins are especially important, including the vitamin A, copper and zinc found in many fruits and vegetables. According to Healthline, dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard, ginger, mushrooms, beets and yogurt are power foods that can help speed up the healing timeline.

Stay active

If possible, keep following a regular exercise routine. Even if you have to engage in less intense exercises or resort to simply walking around the neighborhood after dinner, the increased blood flow to the wound can speed the healing process. You can always ask you doctor for recommendations on the best physical activity for your particular injury.

Don’t smoke

Cigarettes are likely to impede the healing process, especially as smoking can increase the risk of complications, such as infections.

Keep the wound clean and dressed

Even if you think the wound is clearing up, make sure to keep cleaning and dressing the affected area until your doctor or treatment plan advises otherwise. Your skin needs adequate amounts of moisture and warm temperatures to heal properly and quickly. smartPAC by Advanced Tissue can make this aspect of the wound healing process easy, providing you with the exact number of single dressing packages you need to care for your wound.