Chiropractic Care and Sleep
Sleep deprivation can have major repercussions on your health. If you’ve ever crammed for a test or stayed up with a sick child all night, you know exactly how deleterious lack of sleep can be. Short term it leads to poor mental acuity, limited productivity, and fatigue. Yet, the bigger issue is the long term effects that regular sleep deprivation can have on your health. In fact, poor sleep can be a trigger for many of the chronic health issues that plague our society, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Are you getting enough sleep?
It’s been drilled into us that getting somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep is good for our health. Equally as important to getting this amount of sleep each night is the actual quality of that sleep. For example, if you are lying in bed for 8 hours but not getting restful sleep you will still suffer from symptoms of sleep deprivation. The quality of your sleep is dictated by factors such as how long it takes you to fall asleep, whether you can stay asleep, and your ability to wake up feeling rested in the morning.
What affects your sleep quality?
There are many decisions you make throughout your day that could be sabotaging your sleep quality. These include:
- Blue light exposure from electronic screens (i.e. TV or phone) less than 30 minutes before bed
- Eating too close to bedtime (less than two hours), particularly when the food is high in carbs
- Not having a consistent sleep or bedtime routine
- Poor nutrition- particularly when high in processed foods and sugar
- Poor stress management skills
- Living a more sedentary lifestyle
- Being obese or overweight due to its effect on your breathing patterns at night
- Dealing with chronic pain that affects your ability to fall and stay asleep
Spine alignment and sleep
All of the factors discussed above result in imbalances in the body that make it hard for it to get high quality sleep and properly recover each night. The underlying issues that accompany poor sleep quality are typically related to neural health and hormone balance. At the root of neural health is spine alignment and the ability for the nerves to properly communicate with each other.
Spine misalignment ultimately affects nerve energy. More obvious factors that cause misalignment include poor posture and faulty movement patterns. Yet, oftentimes it can be hard to detect spine misalignment without a trained eye. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is an elite, research-oriented, specialized approach that specifically focuses on restoring spine alignment.
Sleep and chiropractic care
A CBP care provider can help you address health issues, such as poor sleep quality, at the source. When nerve energy is restored, the body can perform its basic functions properly. This allows the entire body to sync and tap into its full potential.
The expertly trained CBP team at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV can help you decide if this approach is right for you. Get in touch with them today to discuss your options for maximizing your sleep and other basic functions that promote good overall health.