You’ve likely heard that not getting enough quality sleep can be detrimental to your health. As a matter of fact, there is quite the price to pay. Being sleep deprived can impair memory, decrease performance and alertness, lead to depression/anxiety, and decrease immune function, leaving you more susceptible to disease.
If that doesn’t motivate you, maybe the following will. Research has found that people who get less sleep are much more likely to OVEREAT and put on EXTRA WEIGHT.
While practicing, we’ve taken care of several people that have struggled with sleep issues related to structural abnormalities within the spine. These issues include sleep apnea, disrupted sleep, and insomnia. When these people began sleeping well again, their lives and health began to improve in many ways they didn’t expect.
So, how does getting more sleep lead to weight loss?
Sleep isn’t just about having enough energy to get through the day. When you are sleeping, your body is hard at work repairing and creating new cells. Your body’s biggest window for healing is the invaluable 8 hours you spend horizontal. A good night’s sleep lowers your insulin levels, normalizes hormone balance, and slows processes of aging.
When you are sleep deprived, the hormones in your body that regulate your weight and appetite are not functioning the way they should. When appetite isn’t regulated, you’re more likely to overeat and your body falls into a state of insulin resistance, which puts you on the path toward Type II Diabetes
Ways to Improve Your Sleep
- Make Movement a Priority – Almost every study ever done on sleep shows that people who exercise daily are able to fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep. It doesn’t take much, going for a 20-30 minute walk has this effect.
- Monitor your Eating and Drinking – Don’t go to bed hungry, or too full; discomfort might keep you awake. Caffeine has a stimulating effect which can keep you awake, and alcohol might make you feel sleepy at first, but can cause disrupted sleep later in the night.
- Create a Room Ideal for Sleeping – This often means cool, dark, and quiet. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.
- Develop a Nightly Routine – Do the same things each night to tell your body that it’s time to wind down. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music with the lights dimmed. Limit screen (TV and electronic devices) at least 30 minutes before sleep, as some research suggests that the light emitted from these devices interferes with sleep.
- Rule Out Sleep Disorders – Many people that have a sleep disorder don’t know they have it. If you’re struggling with sleeping problems, a sleep study can be useful in identifying potential disorders that can be treated. If there are structural abnormalities in you spine leading to sleep-related secondary conditions, it’s critically important that you get checked by chiropractor focusing on Neuro-Structural Correction.