Sleep, ah, wonderful sleep! Sleep is the time when your body “reboots. Healing occurs during sleep and is vital to your survival. If you are not sleeping enough which includes enough hours as well as enough high-quality sleep, your health will suffer. The phrase “you can sleep when you die” is asking you to die sooner by not sleeping!

Of course, we all know the basic dangers of sleep deprivation. We are more prone to making mistakes, having accidents, moodiness, and agitation, and more. And if this were not enough, in recent years, research has shown that lack of sufficient rest can even cause weight gain.

Now it turns out that not getting enough sleep is a danger to your cardiovascular health, and a study has pinpointed a reason why.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital recently discovered one way that getting adequate sleep protects against the buildup of arterial plaques called atherosclerosis. In their paper receiving advance online publication in Nature, they describe how insufficient sleep increases production of inflammatory white blood cells known to be major contributors to atherosclerosis.

How much sleep do you need? This varies by age and individual activity. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults require between 7-9 hours per night.

Suffering from chronic insomnia? We can check you for nutritional deficiencies that may be causing you to not relax and sleep well. Ask us about it the next time you are in the office.

So turn off your computer. Say goodnight to the TV news. Take an evening stroll, not an aerobic walk, as looking out into the environment helps. Turn down the lights. Sip some chamomile tea and take a warm bath. When you lie down and do not feel sleepy, say to yourself, “I AM asleep” and pretty soon you will be!

Make time for sleep. It’s a major key to good health.

What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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