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SUZANNE JARSCHKE I OWNER I WELLSPRING CHIROPRACTIC

GET A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP Chiropractic care can ease sleep disorders as well as back pain.

“GET AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS OF BEAUTY SLEEP. NINE IF YOU’RE UGLY.” BETTY WHITE

Most people think healthy sleep for an adult is one long eight to nine-hour period of unconsciousness. However, sleep consists of different states of sleep that cycle throughout the night – deeper sleep and lighter REM sleep. Each cycle takes about 90 minutes to complete and repeats four to five times. This cycle of sleep is the real nature of the basic sleep mechanism. Early last year an economic report commissioned by the Sleep Health Foundation revealed that sleep disorders cost the Australian economy more than $5.1 billion a year in health care and indirect costs. In addition, the reduction in life quality caused by sleep disorders had a further cost equivalent of $31.4 billion a year. The report, ‘Re-awakening Australia – The Economic Cost of Sleep Disorders in Australia’ highlighted more than 1.5 million Australian adults now suffer from sleep disorders. Insomnia is said to be present when an individual regularly finds it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Approximately three per cent of the population suffers from long-standing primary insomnia and, at any given time, around 10 per cent of people have at least mild insomnia from a variety of causes. A reaction to change or stress is one of the most common causes of transient insomnia. The trigger could be a major

or traumatic event such as an acute illness or injury, the loss of a loved one or job loss. Temporary insomnia could also develop after a relatively minor event, including extremes in weather, an exam or travel. Stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and some medications may contribute too. In most cases, normal sleep usually returns when the condition resolves, the individual recovers from the event, or the person becomes used to the new situation. Sleep disorders such as insomnia have been associated with painful musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractic care is based on the fact that the human body is self-regulating and selfhealing. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences to the nervous system that may inhibit achieving an overall state of wellbeing. By improving the nervous system function, chiropractic care may also have a positive effect on other areas of health and wellbeing, not normally thought of as ‘back’ problems, including sleep disorders. Different types of insomnia show different sleep patterns. Download the CAA’s Sleep Handbook & Assessment Checklist from wellspringchiropractic.com.au and record your sleeping times and habits in the sleep diary. Call 4779 1604 to discuss your results with one of our chiropractors.

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