Chiropractic and Sleep Relief
If you struggle to sleep well at night, you are not alone. In fact, more than 25 percent of the United States population reports difficultly falling asleep. 10 percent report having chronic insomnia! Less than 40 percent of Americans get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night. America is tired, and it is having a negative impact on our overall health.
Often, not being able to sleep is a symptom of another issue. The National Institute of Health says that inability to sleep can often be linked to neurological conditions, emotional disorders, arthritis, asthma, headaches, hyperthyroidism, gastrointestinal disorders, or hormonal changes. Other times, lack of sleep is self-inflicted. People work long hours, have increased stress loads, are in front of a screen for too many hours a day, or consume too much caffeine and alcohol to fall into a deep sleep at night.
If any of these describe your current situation, it’s time to pay attention! Inadequate sleep leaves people far worse off than just feeling tired and cranky. Not getting enough sleep each night can wreck your health.
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
Everyone feels better after getting a good night’s sleep, from infants to adults. The problem is that many people do not know how much sleep they should try and get! The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study over the course of two years. The recent publication of this study has the following recommendations for varying age groups:
- Older adults, 65+ years: 7-8 hours
- Adults, 26-64 years: 7-9 hours
- Young adults, 18-25 years: 7-9 hours
- Teenagers, 14-17 years: 8-10 hours
- School-age children, 6-13 years: 9-11 hours
- Preschool children, 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
- Toddlers, 1-2 years: 11-14 hours
- Infants, 4-11 months: 12-15 hours
- Newborns, 0-3 months: 14-17 hours
What Happens When You Are Sleep Deprived
Inadequate sleep has both short term and long term impacts on your health. According to the Cleveland Clinic, short term problems include, but are not limited to:
- Lack of alertness – Did you know that missing as little as 1.5 hours of sleep at night can seriously impact your health? Research proves it.
- Impaired memory function – When you’re tired, your memory suffers. The brain struggles to think and process and remember information as well when it is tired.
- Relationship stress – Everyone knows or has experienced a grouchy person when they have not had enough sleep. Inadequate sleep leads to moodiness and conflicts with others.
- Quality of life – When you are sleep deprived, your quality of life suffers. You are less likely to go out and be social with your community. You are also less likely to exercise.
- Greater chance of auto accidents –According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving while tired is responsible for thousands of car crashes, injuries, and deaths each year.
Continually living with inadequate sleep has long-term consequences on your health. Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. It has also been linked to obesity, depression, anxiety, and low libido. Even more so, sleep deprivation can cause wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, and an increase in cortisol, the body’s stress hormone.
Specific Impacts of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body
Sleep deprivation impacts almost every area of your body. Read on for specific impacts on your body.
Central Nervous System – Sleep is essential in keeping your central nervous system functioning as it should. Sleep allows the brain to rest and reset. Without enough sleep, you may experience impulsive behavior, depression, poor cognitive function, and more.
Immune System – As you sleep, your immune system is hard at work. It produces protective and infection fighting substances for the body that defend your body against viruses and bacteria. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body becomes more susceptible to infections and illnesses.
Digestive System – Sleep deprivation is linked to obesity, lack of exercise, and over eating. When you’re sleep deprived, your body is also signaled to release higher levels of insulin after you eat.
Cardiovascular System – Sleep impacts the body’s processes that keep your heart and blood vessels in great shape. These processes include blood pressure, blood sugar, and inflammation levels. Lack of sleep is often associated with cardiovascular disease.
Endocrine System – Did you know that your body’s hormone production is directly impacted by sleep? Lack of sleep can mess with your body’s hormone levels and wreck many processes in the body.
Chiropractic Can Help Your Sleep Troubles!
Dr. Paul Fisher of Gold Coast Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois can help you with your sleep troubles! Doctors of chiropractic are experts in the spine and body’s nervous system. The nervous system controls every single function in the body. When the body’s spine is out of alignment, every system suffers.
Dr. Fisher can identify any subluxations, or misalignments, that are present in your spine. Through chiropractic adjustments and therapies, he can correct these misalignments. This helps the body function as it should by restoring communication between the nervous system and the rest of the body.
Chiropractic care can also help treat any aches and pains that may be interfering with sleep. Often, patients struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep due to neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, etc. Chiropractic care can identify the source of these pains, and treat it.
Over the counter medications and prescription medications do not treat pain at its source. They mask the symptoms. Chiropractic aims to treat pain at its source so that it stays gone, once and for all.
Contact Gold Coast Chiropractic Today
If you are interested in learning more about chiropractic care and how it can help you achieve more restful sleep, contact Gold Coast Chiropractic today! We are conveniently located at 1150 North State Street, Suite 310, in Chicago, Illinois. Reach us by phone at 312.988.9655 or by email at info(at)goldcoastchiropractic.com. We look forward to working with you on your journey for better sleep!