Nothing compares to sliding into bed after a long exhausting day for a restful night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep at night is vital to living a long and prosperous life. As you sleep, your body uses that rest time to rejuvenate, and heal itself allowing you to feel well-rested in the morning. However, if you’re subluxated none of these positive effects of a good night’s rest will not be experienced until you correct the subluxation in your upper cervical spine.
If you are have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you are not alone. The American Sleep Association (ASA) says that 50 to 70 million people in the United States struggle with some sort of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can prevent you from getting the sleep you need to stay healthy and feel good during the day. Fortunately, Blair Chiropractic Care can be part of the solution for better sleep.
Sleep is so important and it plays an important role in maintaining a person’s health and well-being over the course of their life. During sleep, your body is working to restore itself and support healthy brain function and physical health for the next day.1,2 Therefore, getting good quality sleep can help protect and improve your mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life.
The American Sleep Association (ASA) issued recommendations for appropriate sleep duration. The recommended sleep guidelines show that at different stages of our lives we require different amounts of sleep. Typically, infants and newborns need nearly twice as much sleep as a fully-grown adult, and that duration reduces in slight increments as children grow into adults3:
Newborns (0–3 months): 14–17 hours each day
Infants (4–11 months): 12–15 hours
Toddlers (1–2 years): 11–14 hours
Preschoolers (3–5 years): 10–13 hours
School-age children (6–13 years): 9–11 hours
Teenagers (14–17 years): 8–10 hours
Younger adults (18–25 years): 7–9 hours
Adults (26–64 years): 7–9 hours
Older adults (65+ years): 7–8 hours
It’s never too late to develop good sleep habits to help in achieving a good night’s rest. Adding mindful routines to your evening as you get ready to turn in for the night. Allow your body and mind time to wind down. Avoid using electronic devices 30 minutes before going to bed. This will help your mind relax. Consider incorporating simple stretches, meditation, or other relaxation methods before going to bed. These activities will help your mind and body feel relaxed and ready to sleep.
These are just a few of the steps you can take to ensure your body and your environment is primed for sleep. For more tips on how to improve the quality of sleep, talk to us and find out how Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic care can help you achieve a better nights rest, speak with Dr. Fiore during your next visit.