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It's Not Cool to be in the Sleep Deprivation Group

By Donna Kostiew

They live among us. They are responsible for subpar jobs or tasks not even being completed. They snap at us, lose their temper quickly, or cry at the drop of a pin. Oftentimes, we find ourselves repeating everything that has been said to them, only to have them respond with yet another, “huh?” They can be more dangerous on the road than a drunk driver. Fortunately, they are easy enough to identify with the bags under their eyes, the death grips on their coffee cups, and their nodding heads at the computer. No, they aren’t some strange lifeform that just landed on our planet. They’re your friends, your coworkers, your peers and they are completely and utterly sleep-deprived.

Benefits of Quality Sleep

Don’t become like one of them. The “Sleep Deprivation Group” is not the kind of organization you want to become associated with. Here are some top reasons of why you should aim to get the recommended amount of sleep each and every night.

Focused thinking – Adequate sleep offers better attention skills, improved decision-making, and increased memory.

Better mood – Getting the right amount of sleep can enhance your well-being, regulate your emotions, and reduce your risk of developing mood disorders such as depression or anxiety.

Clearer skin – The better you sleep, the better your skin … which will also put you in a better mood as well. Getting adequate sleep will reduce the signs of aging, improve the function of your skin, and help you get rid of those dark circles under your eyes.

Safer Driver – Driving while under the “influence” of poor, inadequate sleep is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated because reaction times are slower, decision-making skills are impaired, and you just can’t seem to keep your eyes open. The risks of driving like this can be devastating.

Better weight control – Research has shown that there is a link between inadequate amounts of sleep and weight gain, and that those who do not get the amount of sleep that they need every night tend to weigh more than those who do.

Improved immune system – Good quality sleep is needed because certain disease-fighting substances spring into action while we sleep and this helps to reduce the risk of developing many infections and diseases.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Your chiropractor can suggest ways to improve your sleep routine and will provide care that will help you achieve complete rest and deep sleep. Chiropractic adjustments can help improve your sleep by reducing any nerve interference that may be causing you disruptions during the night. Your body will begin to function better, which will leave you feeling healthier and more energized during your busy days.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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