Do you lay in bed at night looking at the clock and calculating how many hours of sleep you could get if you fell asleep right now? Do you wonder why you were falling asleep at your desk today but can’t now? Are you waking up more tired than when you went to sleep?
You are not alone. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, “insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. An estimated 50-70 million adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders”.
Recommended Amounts of Sleep
According to the Canadian Sleep Society the recommended amount for teens is 9-11 hours per night and for adults it is 6-8 hours to feel refreshed and perform optimally through the day.
So really, what’s the big deal about being tired?
The impact that sleep deprivation has on our health and lives is huge! Not only are you at risk for car accidents and workplace accidents, your physical health can be compromised.
Poor or decreased sleep can decrease your immune system function leading to inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.
According to Dr. Anne Calhoun, a neurology professor a the University of North Carolina, “The foundations of good health are good diet, good exercise and good sleep, but two out of three doesn’t get you there.”
Don’t wait until tomorrow or the next day to start making changes. Start right now! If you are eating or drinking something you know is not good for you, put it down. If you get the chance to take the stairs instead of the elevator today, do it! And as for bedtime, pick a time to start getting ready for bed and stick to it. Your body will thank you!
Don’t let stress affect your body. Try Chiropractic for stress reduction and improved immune function. You’re worth it! Invest some time on yourself.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Corbett Family Chiropractic. Call, click or come by so we can help you live a full and healthy life!