Three Most Important Tips For A Better Night’s Sleep, By Doctor Polucki
By: Doctor Polucki
How do you feel after a few restless nights? Sleep is the natural repair cycle and without it we start breaking down physically, mentally and emotionally.
- More than 70 million Americans have a sleep problem.
- 1/3 of adults in the United States do not get enough sleep to function normally.
- Each year drowsy drivers cause 1500 deaths and 71000 injuries
- Conservative health costs of insomnia $108 billion.
- CDC-“Poor sleep increases risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer.”
- NIH-“Insufficient sleep linked to relationship trouble.”
The most common treatment for sleep problems is sleeping pills.
Besides the risk of addiction, common side effects of sleeping pills include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Suicidal thoughts and actions
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While there are plenty of natural sleep aids out there. A functional approach to better sleep focuses on restoring your body’s ability to sleep naturally without chemical dependency. Here are the three most important tips for a better night’s sleep.
1. Address pain issues affecting sleep.
Some people swear by Acupuncture, Yoga or Pilates for lasting pain relief. We teach a form of Acupressure massage to couples and an Advanced Foam Roller technique that is remarkably effective. The most important connective tissue to decompress for lasting relief is the central nerve system; I recommend a no twist or crack form of chiropractic called Upper Cervical Specific that takes several years of post-graduate training for the doctor to be certified. Ask to see the chiropractor’s certification if they claim to offer this highly specialized service.
2. Uncover and resolve digestive and metabolic issues.
With 80% of melatonin (your natural sleep hormone) produced in your gut, food sensitivities, allergies and indigestion play a role in sleep problems that cannot be ignored and are often compounded by medications. Since human physiology is designed for daytime activity, every hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after midnight for recharging your “batteries”. Certified Practitioners of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition specialize in uncovering hidden metabolic stressors in your diet and lifestyle that could be contributing to your sleep issues.
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3. Exercise every day.
Wake up and get moving. Early morning exercise helps regulate your metabolism and improves your body’s ability to handle stress throughout the day so you don’t bring it to bed with you.
Dr. Thomas Polucki is a Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic certified in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Metabolic Typing. Find more information at www.doctorpolucki.com. Call 661-753-9340 to schedule a free phone consultation. Patients are seen by appointment only at 25050 Peachland Avenue, Suite 105, Newhall, California 91321.