Sleep is one of the most important periods of the day for your brain. A healthy and restful sleep is important each and every night. Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep? Do you wake frequently throughout the night or too early in the morning and then have a hard time going back to sleep? Do you feel groggy and lethargic during the day after a night’s rest?
If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then you may be suffering from sleep debt. This can substantially affect your health and your life. Sleep is not merely a break from our busy routines. Sleep is essential for good health, proper mental and emotional functioning and ultimately our safety.
Insufficient sleep may result in reduced productivity and concentration, impaired memory, decreased learning and logical reasoning abilities. It can also lead to an increase in feelings of stress, which may cause difficulties in all areas of life. There is mounting evidence that long-term sleep debt may be a factor in managing the conditions of diabetes, obesity and a weakened immune system. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that 60% of American adults routinely experience sleep problems.
Although everyone’s individual sleep needs may vary, most healthy adults need an average of eight hours of sleep each night. However, the quality of sleep is usually more important than the quantity of sleep. Getting proper sleep without interruptions from your environment or internal factors will help maintain your body’s natural sleep pattern and result in more restful and restorative sleep.
Doctors of chiropractic have helped countless individuals restore normal sleep patterns by correcting subluxations in the spine. Subluxations of the spinal bones are misalignments that result in nerve interference. When the spinal bones lose their normal position and proper motion, nerves can be twisted or stretched. Since your nervous system controls all body function, it is imperative for normal sleep patterns to have a nervous system that is working properly. Dr. Larson is an expert at detecting and correcting subluxations. Call today to schedule a thorough examination!