If sleep is not absolutely vital to our health, it has got to be the biggest mistake nature ever made.Sleep Pic. Dr. Drew

Now, before we start to blame nature for this mysterious process that consumes 1/3rd of our lives, lets take a look at what can happen when we start to miss out on it.

After suffering from a 5 year battle of what would have been diagnosed as insomnia had I paid to get my problem named (I only like to name things I plan on keeping around, like pets), people started telling me that I just “seemed different.” I took a serious look at the “changes” my closest friends and family were telling me about, and had a hard time realizing them because I was so accustomed to a sleep-deprived life.

Until I started thinking about the average day…

(RESTLESSNESS)

If you can imagine lying down at 9:00 p.m. in an attempt to fall asleep by 12:00 a.m. because you know it takes you those 3 hours to calm down, you can begin to understand where I’m coming from. This is all in hopes that you don’t wake up every 1-2 hours before you have to be up by 4:15 a.m. to be at work by 5:00am.

(MEMORY?)

I didn’t even REMEMBER that I had to switch work shifts from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. because I had been late so many times that I almost lost my position as a security guard.  And that was the job that I needed to help me pay my way through college.

(BRAIN FOG)

Grades were going down…

(INSULIN RESISTANCE)

Weight was going up (whereas previously I had been the exact same weight for 10 years)

(BRAIN GUT AXIS)

Digestion was a mess, and conversations were getting hard to follow.

(FATIGUE)

I tried forcing myself into the gym, but when the 44 lb. kettlebells started feeling like 144 lbs., “rest and recovery days” became my usual workout plan. Fortunately, I was eventually exposed to some information from books and podcasts that helped me start down the path to recovering my HEALTH.

I began implementing some of the “sleep hacking” techniques I had learned about, and had some success. Some nights there was rest, while some were still restless, but I now recognized that there was something I was missing.  And fortunately, I still had HOPE.

Until that point in my life, I had never had my nervous system checked. Then I was introduced to Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. Within the first week of getting my nervous system checked and corrected with an adjustment, life changed dramatically. I was sleeping for longer than 2 hours without waking up for the first time in years. My health was on it way back!

After about 2 months, I stopped keeping track of my sleep because I was so busy taking extra classes in school and excelling in them that I just decided it wasn’t worth the time anymore.

Six months down the path of Upper Cervical Care, and with my nervous system working correctly, I found myself entering a Kettlebell Sport Competition and taking 1st place with that 44 lb. kettlebell! I was eating as much as I wanted, and felt like an athlete again.

Had I continued on with restless nights, I know I wouldn’t have the energy and excitement, or the ability to share this awesome secret of a properly functioning nervous system and getting a good nights rest with my patients.

And here I am now, asking if sleep is a mistake. Without a doubt, the answer is NO. There is absolutely no question that sleep plays a vitally important role in your health. Whether you are recovering from an illness, a long workout, or even just a long day, sleep plays a crucial part in giving you the health and life that you deserve. Through all the published literature I’ve searched and found regarding sleep, every time someone is CHRONICALLY sleep deprived, they are at a higher risk for all sorts of metabolic and inflammatory conditions from diabetes to arthritis, all of which are under the control of the nervous system.

So if you have been trying to get a good night’s rest and are looking for a permanent solution, wouldn’t it make sense to see if a properly functioning nervous system is the missing link to your health?  Visit www.thespecific.com to find a doctor in your area that can help you today.

References:

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2) Maurizio Gorgoni, Aurora D’Atri, Giulia Lauri, Paolo Maria Rossini, Fabio Ferlazzo, and Luigi De Gennaro, “Is Sleep Essential for Neural Plasticity in Humans, and How Does It Affect Motor and Cognitive Recovery?,” Neural Plasticity, vol. 2013, Article ID 103949, 13 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/103949

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