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The Importance of Good Sleep

woman sleeping peacefullyDo you find yourself skimping on sleep, thinking that you’re getting enough? Maybe you find it challenging to shut down even after powering down your devices. Getting sufficient shut-eye isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity! Proper slumber is critical to our overall health and wellbeing, affecting everything from our metabolic health to our mental performance.

Too much or too little shut-eye is associated with a range of health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Now for some good news: healthy sleep can aid in weight loss, strengthen your heart, decrease mental conditions and improve immune function.

The Impact of Proper Slumber

“Getting the right amount of sleep can improve your cognitive and memory performance by up to 40%,” said Dr Kara Martelle (Chiropractor). It’s a restorative process essential for the health of our bodies and minds. Yet many of us struggle to get the rest we need.

The Critical Role of Chiropractic Care

You may wonder how getting adjusted can foster sleep. Chiropractic care may help you achieve better slumber by rewiring your brain from a state of constant wakefulness into a more restful and rejuvenating state. This is achieved by assessing the nerve system and its relationship to your spine, removing any interference, and helping your nervous system function optimally.

Create a Healthy Sleep Environment

There are many factors that contribute to good sleep, including the right environment. This starts with the basics, like selecting the right pillow and mattress for your body. Believe it or not, the right pillow can make a huge difference! Sleep position matters as well. For instance, if you sleep on your back, you’ll need a narrow pillow, whereas side sleepers require more support to prevent constant head sagging.

Set the Stage for Sound Slumber

Another significant factor is establishing a healthy pre-sleep routine. This includes knowing when to stop consuming caffeine. Maybe you enjoy that second flat white or cuppa in the afternoon or find yourself reaching for an energy drink to help power through your day. It’s a good idea to refrain from drinking caffeinated drinks at least eight hours before you want to fall asleep.

Spending time on electronics close to bed can also interfere with shut-eye, as the blue light emitted from digital devices can be stimulating. We recommend turning off your devices at least an hour before bedtime so your brain can wind down.

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Take the first step towards better sleep and overall health by contacting us today to schedule an appointment.


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