Importance of Rest
This time of year is notorious for being busy. Much of the busyness is fun—holiday parties, shopping for loved ones, and making family memories. But if you’re too busy and not getting enough rest, you won’t enjoy this magical time of year as thoroughly as you otherwise could. It’s always important to get enough rest to fuel your body and brain, but this time of year, rest can be even harder to come by, so it’s essential that you prioritize resting and taking care of yourself.
How Your Nervous System Plays a Role in Your Rest
You may think that getting enough rest is only about sleeping more, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Your ability to rest well depends on a lot of things, but one of the biggest is your nervous system. Your autonomic nervous system is the part of the central nervous system that regulates your body’s involuntary functions. It has two primary responses, the sympathetic and parasympathetic. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for your body’s ability to “rest and digest.” It allows you to slow down and actually get restorative rest to heal, rejuvenate, and relax.
If your spinal column has a misalignment, meaning that a vertebra is shifted out of alignment even slightly, it puts pressure on the spinal cord. This pressure can impede communication between the brain and body, and it can interrupt normal, healthy processes, like resting and sleeping. So while your body may be asleep, your sleep is not as restorative or refreshing as it could be. When Rochester Hills chiropractors Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan adjust your spine and bring it back into proper alignment, it allows the nervous system to work better and can improve your overall sleep quality.
Getting Enough Rest
You know it’s important to get enough rest, but the impact it has on your health cannot be overlooked. Getting enough rest leads to improved digestion, lower blood pressure, improved healing, less stress, less pain, and more. Being well-rested can give you a better outlook on life and challenges, and it helps your body be better prepared to fight off illness, stress, and injuries. Chronic fatigue and chronic stress can compound, adding a slew of health problems and causing even more stress and exhaustion. It’s important to deal with anything that comes your way as promptly and efficiently as possible so that you can work toward healing and wellness.
If you feel exhausted much of the time, it’s possible you’re suffering from poor sleep quality due to a spinal misalignment. Get in touch with the doctors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic to learn more about how chiropractic care can help you get better rest and improve your overall health and wellness. Contact Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan today to schedule your consultation.