Sleep is where all of your body’s tissue growth and repair take place.
It’s hard to heal your neck if you’re not getting enough good quality sleep, or if you’re sleeping in a crooked neck position that keeps re-stressing your healing neck structures.
We want to help you get this right!
Dr. Russel Foster is a circadian neuroscientist. In this engaging and informative TED Talk, he asks what we know about sleep.
Society’s perception of sleep has shifted from that of sleep being vitally important, to the health-undermining notion that sleep is a waste of precious time. Shakespeare referred to sleep as “nature’s soft nurse”, but Edison thought it was a “heritage from our cave days.” People often identify with the latter notion, but it’s usually because they don’t understand the purpose of sleep.
The reality is that our brain doesn’t shut down during sleep. The most popular theory for why we sleep is that sleep controls our brain function. Sleep deprivation is shown to cause poor memory, increased impulsiveness, and poor creativity. But that’s not even the worst part. Sleep is strongly connected to serious health problems like cardiovascular disease and mental illnesses. Sleep deprivation can cause a 50% higher rate of obesity, brought about by excess release of the hormone, ghrelin, which triggers your hunger. Sustained stress, another result of sleep deprivation, suppresses your immune system.
Foster spends the second half of his talk on the genetic ties between sleep disruption and schizophrenia. A discovery was made that stabilizing sleep also helped reduce symptoms of paranoia. The question you might be wondering now is, how do I know if I’m getting enough sleep? If you need an alarm clock to wake up, are grumpy and irritable, or need a cup of coffee to do anything: you are probably sleep deprived. The key is to listen to your body. You might need 6 hours of sleep or you might need 10 hours. To get a good night’s sleep, make sure that you’re room is as dark as possible and slightly cool. Reducing light exposure/electronics use during the 30 minutes prior to going to bed will also help. (From TED Summary).
...and what you can do about it. Dr. Mathias Basner discusses the science behind how noise affects your health and your sleep -- and how you can get more of the benefits of protecting yourself from unwanted noise. Basner is currently President of the International Commission of Biological Effects of Noise, and his research interests include the effects of sleep loss on neurobehavioral and cognitive function, as well the effects of traffic noise on sleep and health.
Learn why sleep posture matters when it comes to healing your neck so we can get rid of your headaches.
We advise our patients to completely avoid sleeping on their stomachs because of the chronic rotational stress this posture creates on headache-generating neck structures.
Take a look at this informative video from SPINE-health.
Sleepio is a sleep improvement program, scientifically-proven to help overcome even long term poor sleep— without pills or potions.
Once you are receiving care at the Headache Institute of Texas, we can help you sign up to receive the Sleepio program free of charge if your insurance does not pay for it.