Is there anything worse than waking up to face a new day without enough sleep? That aching feeling across your whole brain, when even your coffee isn’t helping, where you just can’t focus on everything you need to do that day. While this phenomenon isn’t shocking, the scope of it in America may be, as we will look into later.
Not getting enough sleep can ruin much more than even your quality of life, with severe health consequences coming from sleep disorders and chronic exhaustion. Combining all of these factors results in the status of sleep disorders as one of America’s most dangerous health epidemics, on so many levels. Luckily, there are ways to help yourself get better sleep, and Petett Chiropractic, your holistic care specialists, is here to help walk you through these options.
America’s Sleep Problem
The extent of the problem Americans have sleeping is staggering. Across the country, some 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder of some kind. Nearly half of the country reports snoring on a regular basis. 38% of those surveyed in the above link report having fallen asleep during the day, unintentionally, at least once in the month prior to the survey. Even more frightening, 4.7% reported falling asleep while driving at least once in that same time period. The most common sleep disorder is insomnia. Occasional insomnia is reported by about 30% of adults, while chronic insomnia sufferers make up nearly 10% of the adult population of the country.
The Consequences of a Bad Night’s Sleep
While it may seem like a sleep disorder is only affecting your head, this idea is unfortunately misguided, and the reality is much more dire. The effects of sleep deprivation go beyond memory issues, trouble focusing, and increased mood swings, in your brain. They negatively impact your immune system, raise your blood pressure, increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and weight gain, lower your sex drive, and even cause your balance to diminish. In totality, the impact of a bad sleep is one of the most devastating things your body can undergo on a regular basis.
How Chiropractic Care Improves Your Sleep
One reason that people have trouble sleeping is that they can’t get comfortable, due to chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain. Tossing and turning is no match for the sharp pain or lasting ache, so you never get the rest you need. Contact Petett Chiropractic today for a spinal adjustment to relieve the pain from your body, and get back to the sleep basics, in order to avoid the consequences outlined above.