Individuals talk about how they don’t sleep much because they have so much to do and can operate/function on only 5 or 6 hours of sleep and are surprised when they develop serious health problems and mental health issues. However, inadequate sleep is a big deal. Depriving the body and mind of proper sleep leads to all kinds of health problems that include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
- Memory issues
- Delayed reaction time and response
- Weakened immune system
- Decreased libido
Over time the adverse effects become worse, increasing the risk for severe medical conditions that include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Nocturnal Seizures
Chiropractors focus on whole-body health, are specialists in the musculoskeletal system, and take a multifaceted approach to treat fatigue and inadequate sleep. They can help with sleep problems and other health factors by bringing the body back into alignment/balance, improving circulation, nerve energy flow, and nervous system function. This includes chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic massage.
- Misalignment of the cervical spine could be contributing to issues breathing and getting into a deep sleep.
- Spinal realignment can help with better sleep.
Posture Analysis and Sleep Positions
- Posture is a significant part of optimal health, especially when breathing correctly.
- A chiropractor can analyze and correct any posture misalignments.
- They can also advise how best to sleep, so the airway does not become obstructed during the night.
- A recommendation for fatigue and inadequate sleep is to lose weight if overweight or obese.
- A trained nutritionist or health coach can help develop healthy eating and lifestyle habits.
Less Stress and Plenty of Sleep
The combination of spinal adjustments and therapeutic massage can generate significant benefits to help keep the body healthy. Chiropractic adjustments have been found to release stress-reducing hormones like oxytocin and neurotensin. And therapeutic massage has been shown to improve inadequate sleep patterns, as well as:
- Relax the body
- Reduce Stress
- Reduce muscle tension that causes restlessness
- Relieve pain and discomfort
- Release positive hormones
- Increase mobility
Lack of Sleep Makes It Harder To Lose fat
- Irregular sleep throws off the ghrelin and leptin cycles, making the body hungrier.
- Sleeping less has been linked to eating more, increasing energy intake.
- Sleeping less can cause reductions in Basal Metabolic Rate by as much as 20%, reducing total energy output.
- Being tired also reduces spontaneous movements, reducing total energy output.
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