What is Sleep?

"Sleep is an essential part of our lives"

This is not only a time for your body to heal itself, but also a chance for you to revitalize and recharge after each day, especially if it has been a very tiring one.

You need this rest so that you can deploy new energy during the next day's waking hours.

Insomnia, nighttime awakenings, chronic pain and other obstacles to restful sleep can all have negative effects on the body.

Whether it's feeling restless, irritated, having trouble falling asleep or waking up tired in the morning, physical problems like these interfere with your ability to control your activities during the day.

Causes of fatigue.

Fatigue is a very common and usually temporary state of exhaustion. It can have many causes, but sufferers are usually aware of several:

  • physical stresslike running too much or being sick.
  • chemical stressdrinking alcohol dehydrates you, because your body needs water to fight dehydration caused by other elements of our diet (sugar, for example)
  • emotional stressThese include anger, helplessness and frustration, which wear down a person's mental capacity.

Stress and psychological fatigue

When the body is under chronic (regular, long-term) stress, it continuously produces cortisol and adrenaline, which has two effects:

The first is that sleep is not restorative because it is in "survival mode" - meaning that when you are stressed, your body continues to function regardless of physical activity or emotional tension.

SecondlyIf you are not satisfied with your diet, you will probably experience an increase in sugar cravings as your body craves something sweet to compensate for the lack of energy instead of healthy food!


Sympathetic/parasympathetic imbalance:

"The body's response to stress is fascinating."

The autonomic nervous system seeks a continuous balance between the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (awakening and reflection phase) and the parasympathetic nervous system (resting and digestion phase).

When the body is subjected to chronic stress, we go into what we call reptilian, fight or flight mode: "survival mode".

The nervous system is in over-adaptation with a predominant activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

This means that in this state, the individual cannot sleep deeply, the sleep is not recuperative. He or she may even feel tired after 10 hours of sleep, because it takes a lot of energy to fight against these constant alert reactions.


A physical problem

A physical problem can be a barrier to sleep. Whether it's pain, discomfort, there are always consequences of these problems on the way sleep is restored.

Painful conditions, such as neck problems (whether or not he has them), send alarm signals that activate our sympathetic nervous system; this interrupts deep relaxation and physical recovery.


Prolonged bad postures

Movement is the key to adopting different postures on a daily basis. It reduces our energy needs by up to 80 % and can even help improve your mood!

Movement helps us to be more physically comfortable and allows us to release all the tension accumulated in all the muscles of the body

Using movement and the life force within us is already a source of energy. When we adopt good postures, we don't have to fight against gravity every day, but when bad habits take over, they decrease our energy level.


A disease

The body is a powerful machine that constantly regulates itself. To do this, it needs energy, and when our internal balance is disturbed - usually because of an illness or chronic condition - we become more tired day after day. Fatigue is to be expected during these periods, as abnormal amounts of energy are required for the self-regulating mechanism to work properly!


A drug

Drug treatment can alter consciousness and sleep, either to promote or inhibit them. On the other hand, chemical treatments always have some toxicity that will be drained by your liver in a way that may generate more fatigue depending on the amount used.


Sleep and Chiropractic

Sleep can be disrupted by many factors, including hydration, poor nutrition and emotional state. Chiropractic allows you to release tension so that your body's energy systems (nervous system) can rest during peaceful nights of restorative sleep that are vital for physical and mental healing after intense days.


The importance of evacuating sources of stress to better rest the body

We all have days that are more stressful than others, but if you can find a way to help your body relax and release the pressure, it will be easier for your mind to rest. This includes both mental workouts like meditation or deep breathing exercises and physical activities like yoga or stretching.

Chiropractic care is an option because chiropractors often focus on the spine, which is an important part of our nervous system. They also know that other factors, such as hydration and emotional state, affect sleep quality. So they can recommend changes in those areas as well.


Are you tired?

If you are feeling stressed or sleep deprived, we hope this article has given you some ideas on how to improve your health. For a chiropractic follow-up or simply a postural assessment, book an appointment with us online today! Our team is here to help you.

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