Sleep – The Game Changer
Did you know? Sleep deprivation is linked to serious health issues.
How does acupuncture help?
Acupuncture reduces anxiety, stimulates melatonin production, promotes sleep onset, and reduces sleep disturbance during the night. Acupuncture is also used to reduce pain, which results in better quality sleep.
How does chiropractic care help?
According to Chiro Med, chiropractic care relieves the body’s stress response caused by spinal misalignment (subluxation), improves blood flow, relieves back pain, improves breathing, reduces restless leg syndrome and more. It’s a proven treatment for insomnia.
How much sleep should we get?
The National Sleep Foundation recommends 9-12 hours a night (for 10-12 year olds), 8-10 hours a night (for 13-18 year olds), and about 8 hours of quality sleep per night for the rest of us.
Why is sleep so important to good health?
Sleep keeps your immune system in top shape. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep. Without sufficient sleep, the body makes fewer cytokines (a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation.)
Restorative sleep reduces chronic inflammation related to pain and disease.
Quality sleep is proven to reduce stress, anxiety and risk of depression.
Aging and Dementia
Sleep keeps both your body and your mind younger, and helps fight cognitive decline. Sleep enhances long- and short-term memory, and improves your ability to learn new things. Too little sleep – or too much – can increase risk of dementia.
Heart Disease and Cancer
Disruption of the circadian rhythm and lower levels of melatonin increase risk of heart disease and cancer. Lack of sleep increases risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease — regardless of age, weight, smoking and exercise habits. Those with irregular sleep patterns, including those with shift work, are at greater risk for cancer including breast cancer in women, and prostate cancer in men.
Type-2 Diabetes and Obesity
With ongoing sleep loss, less insulin is released in the body after meals. Insulin regulates blood sugar. The body also secretes more stress hormones (such as cortisol), which make it harder for insulin to do its job. Too much glucose stays in the bloodstream, increasing risk for obesity and type-2 diabetes.
What about children and teens?
Young children, middle school, and high school youth require more sleep than they typically get. Too little sleep puts them at risk for:
Depression and anxiety
Lower academic performance
Mood swings and behavioral disorders