What’s the outstanding part of a long, stressful work day? Sleep!
Well, you may well like to sleep. Your body certainly
needs sleep. Statistics say that Americans don’t sleep enough. On average, we sleep
about 6.8 hours a night. Seven to 9 hours a night are recommended.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sympathizes with our West Des Moines patients who come into
the office dragging more some days than others! So let’s look at sleep a little
more in depth from the viewpoint of how it influences what we chiropractors, we back pain specialists
, seek to help relieve: back pain
, neck pain
, leg pain
and arm pain
. And Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers Cox Technic
in its West Des Moines chiropractic practice for its effectiveness and safety. But now, back to sleep...
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
defers to the medical literature for the finest insights about sleep. Research reports that sleep is to health and cognitive function. It keeps our brains functioning and our bodies
healthy! Sleep allows our bodies to regenerate and recover from the stresses of
the day. As a matter of fact, researchers even equate some of the metabolic
changes due to a lack of sleep – like those linked to cardiovascular disease
and diabetes – to changes related to stress. (2,3) Today 59% of us sleep our 7-9 hours
whereas in 1942 84% of us did! (1) West Des Moines folks need more sleep!
Poor sleep quality affects neck pain relief adversely. Neck
pain patients are less likely to improve when they don’t sleep well. (4) So
talk with your chiropractor at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa about your sleep quality.
Strong evidence links especially high demands at work
(active jobs) with severe sleep disturbances. (5, 6) Sleep disturbances may intensify
the link between high strain and troublesome neck pain, shoulder pain, and arm
pain. (6) If your job is really demanding, be sure to schedule time with your
West Des Moines chiropractor to keep neck pain at bay.
Sleep disturbed firefighters are more prone to developing
chronic lower back pain. (7) So those West Des Moines workers whose
schedules keep them from sleeping regularly will want to pay attention to their
bodies and their sleep patterns to prevent back pain. Visit Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for
back pain care and prevention tips.
Are you sleepless in
West Des Moines? Probably! 43% of us say we’d feel better if we got more sleep.
(1) How about you?
Interestingly, the older you are, the more you sleep. The
fewer kids you have, the more you sleep. The older your kids are (over 18), the
more you sleep. The more kids you have under 18, the less you sleep. (1) Make
sense? For most of us in West Des Moines, that sounds about right!
Contact your West Des Moines chiropractor at
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa to manage any neck pain, shoulder or arm pain you may have.
Consider your sleep habits. Maybe adding a few zzz’s to your night will benefit
your prevention and relief of neck pain and back pain.