2015-05-22 / Community News

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: The importance of the proper amount of sleep cannot be ignored. Yes, not getting enough sleep in a night results in a very tired day. But new research shows if your overall pattern of quality sleep is lacking, the negative impact on your health can be huge. According to the Journal of Neuroscience, without sufficient sleep, the neurons in the brain show signs of degeneration. Interestingly, “catching” up on sleep, like a weekend of sleeping in, does nothing to repair the damage. In the journal, Neurobiology of Aging, research shows that poor sleeping habits cause brain damage and even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep deprivation causes disruption of certain synaptic connections that can impair your brain’s ability for learning, memory formation, and other cognitive functions. Maintaining a natural rhythm of exposure to sunlight during the day and darkness at night is a crucial component of sleeping well. Suggestions for improving your sleep include keeping the temperature in your bedroom below 70 degrees F, and avoiding electromagnetic fields near your bed. This means that you have to keep cell phones and other wireless devices, like modems away from your bed.

Thought for the Month: Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: The brain is the master controller of the body. If there is miscommunication between the brain and other parts of the body this can also impact your sleep. Chiropractors specialize in removing that miscommunication and helping your body function at its optimum. Many of our practice members report more restful sleep as one of the side effects of their chiropractic care!

For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

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