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Majority of Americans are not Sleeping Enough

The LA Times reports that a new survey says 83% of Americans don’t get a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis.

Why not?

Stress and anxiety were cited as the top reason by 48% followed by pain at 38% of the 1,008 adults interviewed by the polling firm Harris Interactive.
Why aren’t People Sleeping?
There are many reasons why someone may not be sleeping. Physical, emotional and mental problems may be disturbing the sleep cycle. But a common problem that many people don’t know about is an upper neck misalignment, that can result from head or neck injury. These misalignments can create a cascade of health problems.  When accidents and injuries tear loose the connective tissue that hold the spine in place it creates a weakness, which allows the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position.  Once that happens the function of the nervous system is disrupted.  Nerves do 4 primary things in our body…

Every movement we make
Everything that we sense and feel
The control and regulation of all body systems
Our ability to relate to the world around us

The fourth factor is the one that can be the most devastating when the misalignment is disrupting the function of the nervous system in the upper neck at the Brain Stem level.  Stress, anxiety and pain can all be related to a misalignment in the upper neck.

Upper neck misalignments diminish your body’s ability to adapt to stress and can impact you mentally and emotionally. Pain is frequently caused by the postural changes that occur as a consequence of an upper neck misalignment.

Is it time to finally get some sleep?

Do you want to stop relying on sleeping pills and get to bed naturally?

Then NUCCA may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

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5 Ways to Get Great Sleep Tonight! NUCCA in Upland California

Learn 5 Ways to Get Great Sleep Tonight
There are many reasons why someone may not be sleeping.  Physical, emotional and mental problems may be disturbing the sleep cycle.

Here are 5 ways for you to beat the no sleep cycle:
Get Some Exercise
In a 2011 study published in the Journal of Public Health, researchers using survey data on sleep and exercise found that people who reported getting “any exercise” in the past 30 days were less likely to have complaints about sleep or daytime tiredness.
Avoid TV and Tablets Right before Bed
The body prepares for sleep over a period of three to four hours, Charlene Gamaldo, a Johns Hopkins neurologist says. “There’s a whole cascade of events, including the release of melatonin,” a hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles. The blue light of television and electronic devices is particularly disruptive to hormones involved in circadian rhythms and can lead to problems initiating and maintaining sleep.
Don’t Drink to Get Sleepy
Alcohol can contribute to middle-of-the-night awakenings as well.”The term ‘nightcap’ is a misnomer,” Gamaldo says. “Alcohol does have sedative properties and might help you get to sleep, but it’s rapidly metabolized, and when cleared [by your body] can function to wake you up.” Gamaldo calls this “rebound insomnia.”
Keep Your Bedroom Cool, Dark and Quiet
“Like a cave,” Gamaldo says. “Anything that disrupts that lovely little formula can wake you up in the night.” Use window blinds to block street lights, and mute your cellphone.

And if you do wake up in the night?
“Once you’re awake more than 20 minutes, you should leave the bedroom,” Gamaldo says. Go to another room, engage in a relaxing activity, such as listening to music or reading, but keep lighting on the dim side. When you’re […]

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    10 Ways to Help End Insomnia and Get Some Sleep in Upland, California

10 Ways to Help End Insomnia and Get Some Sleep in Upland, California

Insomnia
Are you having problems with insomnia? Having trouble falling asleep?  Staying asleep?  Feeling rested in the morning?  Frequently sleeping problems have a natural and drug-free solution. So before you take that Ambien for insomnia try these drug-free alternatives.

Make sure your head is on straight! 

Misalignments in the upper neck will put stress on your entire body and will affect the quality and quantity of your sleep.  You must see a qualified Upper Cervical Doctor in order to assess alignment of your body.
 
Listen to White Noise or Relaxation Sounds.

Some people find the sound of white noise or nature sounds, such as the ocean or forest, to be soothing for sleep. You can use an air purifier or a fan to create white noise or use an app.  There are several apps that are available for download, just search for white noise apps in the app store.
 
Sleep in complete darkness or as close as possible.

If there is even the tiniest bit of light in the room it can disrupt your circadian rhythm and your pineal gland’s production of melatonin and serotonin. There also should be as little light in the bathroom as possible if you get up in the middle of the night. Please whatever you do, keep the light off when you go to the bathroom at night. As soon as you turn on that light you will for that night immediately cease all production of the important sleep aid melatonin.

Journaling.

If you often lay in bed with your mind racing, it might be helpful keep a journal and write down your thoughts before bed.
 
Melatonin and its precursors.

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Helping Women Sleep Better with NUCCA

Why Women Have More Sleep Problems and Insomnia Than Men
Women are widely recognized to have significantly higher incidence rates of insomnia and sleep problems than men.  In many cases, NUCCA can help mitigate or eliminate these symptoms, allowing the patient to experience significantly more restful sleep.  Let’s take a look at how NUCCA care can help combat sleep problems and insomnia for women:

Reduced Pain Stimulus – NUCCA Corrections can significantly reduce the amount of pain you feel by helping relaxing your muscles and improve posture.  When you are in less pain, you are less likely to wake at night every time you toss or turn.
Hormones Lead to Misalignment – Women have special hormones, such as relaxin, that cause joint instability (it helps during pregnancy and childbirth).  These same hormones can lead to women’s spines being even more excessively misaligned then men, which can ultimately cause sleep problems and insomnia. So spinal misalignments in women can have a more dramatic effect on the way their body feels and functions.
Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain – Women are also recognized to be at significantly higher risk of osteoarthritis and other joint issues than men.  These conditions again cause significant pain which may be mitigated through NUCCA, enabling patients to rest better at night.

So while women are uniquely at risk for several extra factors which can contribute to sleep problems and insomnia, treatment options are available.  Speak with an NUCCA chiropractor about whether or not, NUCCA may be the right choice for your personal circumstances.
What to Do Next
If you would like to find out if it’s possible for you to be able to sleep better, go to www.nucca.org or if you are in the Upland, California area, to schedule your NUCCA evaluation, click here.

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