Asking, "What is happiness," can unlock a can of philosophical worms that abstract the concept of happiness from reality. Because really, what matters besides the factors that make up your individual happiness? At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we believe that health is central to happiness. This is exemplified by the relationship between sleep and well-being: chronic sleep deprivation is linked to higher rates of depression, heart disease, mood fluctuation, obesity, low sex drive, poor physical performance and lack of mental acuity. In other words, it affects many of the areas that make us happy and puts us at increased risk for diseases that could end up killing us. It begs us to ask the question: what is holding you back from getting the restful sleep that you deserve and need?
If it is pain, particularly in the back, we can help. Keeping your spine aligned, your nervous system free of interference, and your muscles free of tension is a great way to encourage relaxation. Turning off the electronics before bed, cutting out the caffeine and using a properly-fitted pillow are some of the myriad lifestyle adjustments you can make to help yourself sleep well. Chiropractic in particular, helps the sleep deprivation sufferer by regulating blood flow and circulation and ensuring there is no miscommunication between brain and body.
Sleep deprivation is a public health problem. Are you part of the populace who knows how to improve their chances of sleep success, but for whatever reason refuses to do so? If so, now may be the time to change, because the value to be reaped from a good night sleep should out-duel any laziness regarding the matter.
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.