On average people are sleeping 30% less than what they used to, research shows, bringing the total of Americans not sleeping to 100 million!
Let’s consider the facts:
70 million people suffer from sleep related pain
22% of those people suffer from chronic insomnia
25% take sleeping aids on a regular basis
Most of the serious issues/disorders of sleep; narcolepsy, sleep apnea and deprivation, go undiagnosed and untreated. And 60 million prescriptions are written for sleep aids each year! Imagine if they were properly diagnosed. These prescriptions do not address the underlying cause of the issue. In fact, studies show that those drugs prevent the brain from efficiently going through the necessary sleep cycles.
Without the proper support – your sleep will suffer. So if you are reading this and you are one of those 100 million Americans, listen up!
Healthy sleep is actually a complex issue. To accomplish a good night’s sleep, it is recommended to work at these four areas to ensure a good foundation for a healthy and restorative sleep:
√Proper Alignment and Support
It is not only important to properly support the spinal column during sleep, it is important to HAVE good alignment prior to sleeping. Chiropractic adjustments are imperative to improve the function of the nervous system, therefore creating a better night’s sleep.
During sleep, our bodies have a built-in defense mechanism to move automatically when pressure reaches a point when it cuts off the circulation. This is why you may toss and turn. Chiropractic adjustments diminish these pressure points by restoring movement to the joints where the muscles attach.
√Safe, Non-toxic Environment
You need to control the environment that you sleep in. The bedroom needs to be cool, quiet, dark and good air quality. An over-looked issue is the toxicity level of the sleeping environment. For example: mold, cigarette smoke and the materials in the bedding.
Today’s mattresses use synthetic foams that degrades rapidly. A mattress with very good support and comfort may only last you five years. If that mattress and pillow are used past their time, they will be a major contributor to poor sleep, improper back support and pain.
Ultimately, a poor sleep is statistically linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters and medical/occupational errors. So it is best for you to conduct good sleep hygiene! Go to bed at the same time each night and also rise at the same time. Avoid large meals and showers before bedtime. Also do not drink alcohol, caffeine or smoke cigarettes close to bedtime.
Hope you enjoy and have a good night’s sleep. If you are having trouble after performing these tips, please do not hesitate to come in and see me to receive professional advice.