Have you ever wondered why doctors or your parents have told you, in the
past, to make sure and get plenty of rest when you aren't feeling well? There's
good reason for it. Your body does its best healing when you are asleep.
You may have also heard of that goofy expression that we only use 7-10% of our
brains. Obviously, that is NOT true - you consciously might only use that much
of your brain, but the unconscious part that is responsible for all those bodily
processes that you don't have to think about is used all day, every day of your
entire life. And it is when you shut off the conscious part of your brain that
the unconscious part has 100% use of it and can really go to work on healing
For that reason, I want talk about sleep today. I recently read a study about
how chronic insomnia, however mild it may be, has a direct correlation with
lower life expectancy. Whether it be trouble going to sleep or trouble staying
asleep or not feeling well rested after you sleep, the risk of death is up to
three times greater for those that are unable to get enough sleep (or enough
good quality sleep). It's pretty common to be included in one of the above
categories...and if you are, then it's likely that you've been dealing with it
for quite a while.
Put simply: If you don't get enough sleep, you won't live nearly as long.
The reason for the above is simple. Sleeping allows you to recharge your
batteries, so to speak. Internally, there are an infinite amount of processes
going on that responsible for keeping you alive and well. There are trillions
of cells in the body that each undergo hundreds of thousands of chemical
reactions every split second. Your "awake" part of the day involves a lot of
external processes. Similar to how a plane alters its course when there is
stormy weather, your body diverts a lot of attention from the vitally important
internal processes throughout the course of a day to deal with the external
pressures that are involved in every day life. Work stress, personal life
drama, and mental and physical exertion toward your activities of daily living
are all external demands. When you lay your head down on the pillow at night,
close your eyes, and drift off into la-la land, that is when your body can
re-direct its attention to the internal stuff once more.
So, you see, not getting the proper amount of sleep even one night can start a
vicious cycle of the body not being able to fully recuperate and heal on the
inside. Very much like spending more money on a credit card than you are
able to pay off at the end of the month can spiral into a situation of
accumulating a lot of debt, not getting enough sleep one night can leave your
body in a weakened state. One night turns to two nights...two to three...three
to a week...a week to a month...and the next thing you know you're so
chronically exhausted that your body is breaking down rapidly.
Many will then turn to medications to get them to sleep better. There are a lot
of such easy habits to make sure you get to sleep that end up being not so good
in the long run. These aren't a long-term solution, but a quick fix with a lot
of long-term implications. Like it or not - no matter your opinion on the
matter - medications are, in fact, a chemical that your body has to deal with
internally. If a medication is strong enough to make you fall asleep, then
there is no doubt that it will give your body plenty of things to do that will
distract it from healing you and "recharging your batteries."
I'll tell you one thing about Upper Cervical Care from personal experience...it
has a lot of side-benefits. One of the things that typically happens for
patients once they get under care - and I fall into this category - is that they
are able to sleep better. When your brainstem is properly able to route the
electrical signals between the brain and the body (and from one part of the
brain to another), your Reticular Activating System that controls your sleep
cycle has the opportunity to return to normal function. Trust me, it's nice...
Spread the word...
Thinking good things for you, as always...