One of the most common complaints I hear when discussing back or neck pain is that “I can no longer sleep through the night”. A person often dismisses this as normal, especially since it has been going on for years. “I just get up because if I stay in bed my back will tighten up worse, but it is OK because I get 5 hours sleep before that point”.
This really is not OK. Study after study shows us that getting between 7-9 hours of sleep per night is optimal for being alert and allowing enough time for the body to heal from the injuries of the day before. Each day we may stub a toe, sit for too long, strain our back doing yard work, irritate our neck looking at our computer… the list goes on and on. Without a proper night’s sleep to let the muscles and tissues heal, our health becomes more and more compromised. Pain increases, sleep worsens leading to more pain, leading to less sleep,… the cycle spirals downhill.
Chiropractic care allows our bodies to move and function more efficiently. It removes strain and tension from the head to the toes, not only making you feel better throughout the day, but letting you sleep longer and more comfortably. Allowing the pain levels and sleep patterns to be reset can make a major difference in long term energy levels and overall health, something we all want to maximize.
Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC