Article by Dr. Nash Anderson, Chiropractor, Tuggeranong Chiropractic Centre

Sleep is a natural and essential state of rest for the body and mind. During sleep, the body’s physiological processes slow down and the brain becomes less active, allowing the body and mind to rest and repair.

Sleep is important for a range of physical, mental, and emotional functions. It helps to restore and repair the body, consolidate memories, regulate mood and emotions, maintain physical health, and improve cognitive function.

Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, although the right amount of sleep for an individual can vary depending on factors such as age, lifestyle, and overall health. Disruptions to sleep, such as those caused by sleep disorders or other health conditions, can affect overall health and well-being.

Sleep is important for many reasons, including:

  • It helps to restore and repair the body: During sleep, the body produces hormones that help to repair and regenerate cells, tissues, and muscles.
  • It helps to consolidate memories: Sleep helps the brain to consolidate and process new information and experiences, which can improve learning and memory.
  • It helps to regulate mood and emotions: Sleep can help to improve mood and emotional well-being by reducing stress and anxiety.
  • It helps to maintain physical health: Lack of sleep can increase the risk of various health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • It helps to improve cognitive function: Sleep can help to improve cognitive function, such as concentration, attention, and decision-making.

Sleep FAQs

Here are a few tips for relaxing your mind before sleep: Create a calming bedtime routine: Establish a relaxing bedtime routine that you can follow every night, such as taking a warm bath, listening to soothing music, or reading a book. Make your bedroom a comfortable and relaxing place: Ensure that your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet, and that your mattress, pillows, and bedding are comfortable and supportive. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and heavy meals before bedtime: These substances can interfere with your ability to fall and stay asleep. Limit your exposure to bright lights and screens before bedtime: The blue light from TVs, computers, and smartphones can disrupt your body's natural sleep-wake cycle. Try relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, meditation, and other relaxation techniques can help quiet your mind and prepare your body for sleep. Overall, the key to relaxing your mind before sleep is to create a calm and peaceful environment, and to engage in relaxing activities that help you unwind and prepare for sleep.
The amount of sleep that a person needs can vary depending on their age, lifestyle, and overall health. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, while children and teenagers typically need more. However, it is important to remember that the right amount of sleep for an individual is the amount that makes them feel rested and alert the next day. Some people may need more than 9 hours of sleep, while others may need less. If you are unsure how much sleep you need, it may be helpful to pay attention to how you feel during the day. If you are consistently feeling tired or lacking energy, you may need to get more sleep. On the other hand, if you are consistently feeling rested and alert, you are likely getting enough sleep.
The circadian rhythm is the body's internal clock that helps regulate various biological processes, including sleep. The circadian rhythm is influenced by environmental cues, such as the exposure to light and dark, and it helps to regulate the body's sleep-wake cycle. The circadian rhythm is important because it helps to ensure that the body's physiological processes are synchronized with the external environment. When the circadian rhythm is functioning properly, a person will feel sleepy at night and awake during the day. However, disruptions to the circadian rhythm, such as those caused by jet lag or shift work, can cause sleep problems and affect overall health and well-being. Overall, the circadian rhythm plays a crucial role in regulating the body's sleep-wake cycle and maintaining overall health and well-being.
The sensation of jerking as you are falling asleep is known as a hypnic jerk. It is a common and normal occurrence that can affect most people at some point in their lives. Hypnic jerks are thought to be caused by the body's natural sleep process, during which the muscles relax and the brain becomes less active. In some people, this process can cause a sudden and involuntary contraction of the muscles, resulting in a jerking sensation. Hypnic jerks are typically harmless and do not cause any long-term health problems. However, if they are frequent or severe, they may interfere with sleep and cause discomfort. In such cases, it may be helpful to talk to a healthcare professional for advice and treatment.
Naps can be beneficial for some people, as they can provide a quick and easy way to recharge and refresh the mind and body. Short naps of 20-30 minutes can help to improve alertness, mood, and cognitive function, and can also provide a boost of energy. However, naps can also have drawbacks if they are not taken properly. Long naps of more than 30 minutes can cause sleep inertia, which can leave you feeling groggy and disoriented. Additionally, naps can interfere with your regular sleep pattern, which can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. Overall, the decision to take a nap and how long to nap for will depend on your individual needs and preferences. It may be helpful to experiment with different nap lengths and times to see what works best for you.
The amount of time it takes to fall asleep can vary from person to person and can depend on factors such as age, lifestyle, and overall health. On average, it is normal for it to take about 15-20 minutes to fall asleep. However, if you are consistently having difficulty falling asleep or are taking more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, it may be a sign of a sleep disorder or other underlying health condition. In such cases, it may be helpful to talk to a healthcare professional for advice and treatment. Conversely, falling asleep too quickly may not be a good sign. If you go to sleep instantly it could be a sign that you are overtired or sleep deprived. Overall, the amount of time it takes to fall asleep can vary, but if you are consistently having difficulty falling asleep, it may be worth discussing with a healthcare professional.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person's breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. This can cause the person to briefly wake up multiple times throughout the night, which can lead to poor quality of sleep and a range of health problems. There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA is caused by a physical blockage of the airway, such as the tongue or excess tissue in the throat, while CSA is caused by a failure of the brain to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that can increase the risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and other serious health problems. If you think you may have sleep apnea, it is important to talk to a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
No, it is not true that people eat spiders in their sleep. This is a common urban legend that is not supported by scientific evidence. Spiders are not attracted to humans, and they do not crawl into people's mouths or other body parts while they are sleeping. In fact, spiders are more likely to avoid humans and will only bite if they feel threatened or provoked. Additionally, the human body has natural reflexes that prevent the swallowing of objects, including spiders, while sleeping. So even if a spider were to crawl into someone's mouth, it would most likely be immediately spit out or coughed up. The idea that people eat spiders in their sleep is a myth and is not based in reality.
Having a dream does not necessarily mean that you had a better quality of sleep. While dreaming can be a normal and healthy part of the sleep process, the quality of your sleep is determined by a range of other factors, such as the amount of time you spend in each sleep stage and the presence of any disruptions or disturbances. Additionally, not everyone dreams every night, and the frequency and vividness of dreams can vary from person to person. Some people may have vivid and memorable dreams every night, while others may only dream occasionally or not at all. Overall, the quality of your sleep is determined by a variety of factors, and the presence or absence of dreams is just one of them. If you are concerned about the quality of your sleep, it may be helpful to talk to a healthcare professional for advice and treatment.
Sleep hygiene refers to the habits and practices that can promote good sleep and prevent sleep problems. Good sleep hygiene can help you get a good night's sleep and improve your overall health and well-being. Some examples of good sleep hygiene habits include: Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends Creating a comfortable and relaxing sleep environment, with a comfortable mattress, pillows, and bedding Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and heavy meals before bedtime Limiting exposure to bright lights and screens (such as TVs, computers, and smartphones) in the hours before bedtime Using relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, to help you unwind and prepare for sleep By practicing good sleep hygiene, you may be able to improve the quality of your sleep.

Following reading dozens of different sleep journals and finding their information very helpful Nash has written a brief but helpful guide on how to improve sleep quality.  It is available for purchase on the Amazon kindle store.

Also for more information on how to find a good mattresses please see our blog.

Otherwise, if you are concerned about the quality of your sleep, or you are tired from being disturbed by aches and pains from things including the fact that ergonomic recommendations may be required, it may be helpful to talk to a healthcare professional like ourselves for advice and treatment. Give us a call on 62921092 or book online. We’re happy to help.

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