Sleep

Tier Wellness

Chiropractic & Wellness Center located in Long Beach, CA

About 35% of adults don’t get the recommended seven-to-nine hours of sleep each night. That’s a big health concern, because lack of sleep increases your risk of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and obesity. Adam Sandahl, DC, CCEP, at Tier Wellness Center, specializes in customized treatment to restore a good night’s sleep. If you’re one of the millions who struggles to sleep, call the office in Long Beach, California, or book an appointment online.

Sleep

Why is it important to get restorative sleep?

Restorative sleep is needed to clean toxins out of your brain and store new memories. Lack of sleep increases your risk of chronic health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Sleep deficiency also affects your mental health. For example, people with insomnia are four times more likely to become depressed compared with those who get restorative sleep.

What is restorative sleep?

To get restorative sleep, you need to sleep long enough to go through all of the sleep stages. There are two types of sleep: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep.

When you get a good night’s sleep, you cycle through the following stages several times during the night:

  • Stage 1 non-REM: the short transition from wakefulness to sleep
  • Stage 2 non-REM: light sleep when your heart rate and breathing slow down
  • Stage 3 non-REM: heartbeat and breathing slowly to lowest levels, muscles relax, brain waves become slower
  • REM sleep: eyes move rapidly; brain activity, heart rate, and breathing increase to near waking levels

The REM stage is when you dream. It’s also the stage when memories are consolidated and stored in your brain. However, you must get enough stage 3 non-REM sleep to wake up feeling energized in the morning.

What chiropractic treatments can help me sleep better?

Routine chiropractic care, whether spinal adjustments, physical therapy, massage, or nutritional counseling, can all help you sleep better by keeping you pain-free and healthy.

Ongoing pain interferes with restorative sleep, but the problem works both ways: Lack of sleep makes you more sensitive to pain.

Spinal alignment may also help restore hormone imbalances associated with sleep. Hormones, such as melatonin, regulate your sleep cycle. Conversely, your sleep rhythms directly affect levels of vital hormones, such as growth factor.

Spinal alignment maintains a healthy nervous system. When your brain receives timely nerve signals, it can trigger the release of hormones that help you sleep.

Dr. Sandahl also helps you overcome sleep problems with specialized items such as:

INTELLIbed®

The INTELLIbed uses a gel mattress to support your back like a firm mattress while providing the comfort of a soft mattress. Pressure points are relieved, and you get restorative sleep.

Chiropractic pillow

Chiropractic pillows, also called cervical pillows, support your neck in a way that keeps your spine in its natural alignment. As a result, you get better sleep, and you don’t wake up with neck pain.

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, call Tier Wellness Center or book an appointment online.