Sleep Deprivation (And What To Do About It)

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It is said that the average person spends one third of their lifetime sleeping. That takes into account that the average person gets approximately eight hours of sleep per night. Now, how realistic are those numbers? In a recent study it was stated that the average person realistically gets only 6 and a half hours of sleep and it estimates that one quarter of the population gets inadequate sleep. That is not all that shocking given parenthood, work/school deadlines and other life stressors.

Unfortunately, a lack of sleep can have detrimental effects on your health. Sleep deprivation has been associated with conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress syndrome. In addition, in a recent issue of TIME magazine, author Christine Gorman reported that sleep deprivation is responsible for slower reactivity time and poor memory. After approximately 20 hours without sleep, reaction times are similar to those with a .08 blood alcohol content making certain activities and operations more dangerous. Furthermore, a lack of sleep can have a detrimental effect on your body’s immunity response. A lack of sleep decreases T-cell count and increases inflammatory cytokines which leaves the body more susceptible to infection.

So, what can be done about this problem. One simple answer would be to limit the amount of stress in your life. Easier said than done, right? A great option to try that does not require you to change your schedule would be to set up an appointment with your local chiropractor. In a study written by JR Jamison, it was reported that of 221 chiropractic patients, one third reported immediate effects on their sleep following a chiropractic adjustment. In addition, 98% experienced improved results with chiropractic care versus those whose sleep patterns did not get better. If you are tired of your sleep deprivation or tired of relying on prescription pills to put you to sleep, call a chiropractor. You may be shocked by the benefits your body can experience from treatment.

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