Getting enough sleep is so important to overall wellness. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 3 Americans do not get enough sleep. This means 1/3 of our population is functioning from a sleep-deprived state. Are you one of these people?
Negative Mental Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep
Everyone knows how it feels to stay up a little too late and suffer the next day. Your mind is foggy, and you feel less productive. This is because different areas of the brain are significantly affected by lack of sleep:
· Decision making
· Emotional Regulation
Negative Physical Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep
Did you know that not getting enough sleep can also have significant effects on your physical health, as well? Studies link a series of diseases to lack of sleep. You may be surprised to discover a correlation between lack of sleep and the following ailments:
· Heart disease
What If I Can’t Sleep?
There is no doubt getting enough rest is important for the mind and body; however, many people find themselves wrestling with insomnia and sleeplessness. Improving the quality of the sleep you are getting can improve your health. First, if you are having trouble falling asleep, try meditation. A number of guided meditation apps are available for free to help those struggling to fall asleep. Also consider some gentle stretching and breathing exercises prior to settling down for the night. Yoga or just simple movements can help relax your body and ready you for a good night’s rest.
Chiropractic Care and Sleep
Of course, embracing a wellness mindset will improve sleep as well. When your body moves correctly and is aligned properly, physical pain that can inhibit restful sleep is alleviated. Numerous studies have shown a positive relationship between chiropractic care and improved sleep in children and adults. When the body is able to rest comfortably, the mind follows with improved sleep quality.
Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali
Getting enough sleep is critical to overall health and wellness. Not only does sleep help you to function at your best, healthy sleep patterns can prevent a host of physical symptoms from developing. If you are having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, contact us at Radiant Health Chiropractic. We will listen to your specific situation and develop a plan to restore balance and health to your life.