Making The Case For A Good Night’s Sleep
In modern society the number one priority is often productivity. How much can we get done in a day? What can we accomplish? As a result, rest and sleep are usually neglected. How often do we hear of people bragging about needing only 4-5 hours of sleep?
Unfortunately, our understanding of the brain and nervous system tells us this is unhealthy.
The brain has its own sewer system called the glymphatic system. Similar to the lymphatic system, its main goal is to maintain the delicate environment our brain needs to function properly by flush out metabolic waste and toxins.
During waking hours, the glymphatic system is mostly inactive. However, while sleeping, the glymphatic system canals open up by an astounding 60%!
The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can flow more freely throughout the glymphatic system while you are asleep, sweeping away the proteins and waste that are tied to many neurodegenerative diseases of the brain, like Alzheimer’s. When this flow is disrupted it allows build-up and plaque in the brain.
The early results of research in this area show that sleeping on your SIDE is the best at opening up the channels of the glymphatic system. In rodents, 25% more CSF flow is seen in a side laying position – good news side sleepers!
Why does this matter to us at Precision Chiropractic?
Structural Abnormalities within the spine also prevent proper flow of CSF in the head and neck. Instead of a steady flow, Structural Abnormalities cause turbulent, interrupted, or reduced flows that cause damage to the sensitive tissues of the brain and central nervous system.
Correcting and stabilizing the underlying Structural Abnormality allows the CSF flow to return to a normal state, flushing out your brain and central nervous system of its metabolic waste products.
Combining a good night’s rest with a specific NeuroStructural Correction of the spine leads to a healthy, happy brain!