Everybody knows that getting enough sleep is important. And the research has always backed that up with a resounding yes. The National Sleep Foundation guidelines vary by age, and staying awake past these recommendations can put the body in a state of stress, fatigue, and inflammation. This has been linked to anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and diabetes. And interestingly enough, lacking sleep can also put us at risk for physical injury. One recent study found that kids that slept less than 8 hours a night were 2 times as likely to suffer a sports-related injury than kids who slept 8 or more hours per night. While this study focused on school-age children, the findings are important for adults too! Childhood injuries, especially if not treated properly, can lead to chronic injuries and chronic pain in adulthood. And while adults are not as active in sports activities, many of us are hitting the gym. Working out when our brains and bodies are overly tired can put us at risk for spine and muscle injury.
Can Chiropractic help?
Yes! Doctors of chiropractic are experts in alignment, and chiropractic care improves the structure of the spine which reduces tension and gently soothes tight areas of the neck and back. They can also provide good advice on which pillow or mattress might best support a healthy spine and better sleep for you. Chiropractors are also experts in holistic healthcare, and will be able to address many of the lifestyle stressors that may be interrupting your sleep. Talk to a chiropractor about improving your diet, moderating physical activity, or finding a sleep supplement that works for you. Natural supplements such as melatonin or valerian root can work well without being addictive or having side effects like some of the prescription sleep aids prescribed by medical doctors.
All this to say, a good night’s sleep is really important. If we can be of any assistance, contact us by day or night.
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