Thank you for joining me again this evening for our nightly podcasts. I perform these podcasts in the hopes that you will be able to education yourself on the topics discussed so you can make better informed medical decisions regarding your health in the future. I am doctor Harrison Campbell of Restoration Health a premier sugar land chiropractors office. Previously we discussed the muscles of the hand. Now we did skip several muscles, but we covered the high points. Hopefully we will have time in the future for a more in depth look at all of the muscles there are for the hand. Tonight, we are switching gears a little and moving towards talking about the importance of sleep.
The primary reason we are switching gears is because the previous night I received very little sleep so I figured we can break down what is happening and why. We previously talked of the importance of sleep in one of our earliest podcasts so updating this particular topic is also perfect timing. Now sugar land chiropractors like myself know that without sleep we skip out on or reduce the time our body has to physically repair itself.
Previously we called these injuries microtraumas which occurred throughout the day. This remains true. As we go through our day we have small injuries, microtraumas, which occur in the ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Now when we says microtraumas we are not talking about stepping off the curb wrong and twisting an ankle. We are describing an event where we pushed a muscle harder than normal, like increasing our workout in the gym, and small tears occurred to allow for hypertrophy in the future, this is known as muscle building. It is this microinjuries which are repaired while we are sleeping. You can almost view this as maintenance for our bodies. Similar to how you have to drop you car off for maintenance, sleep is our body’s maintenance.
Aside from the physical aspect of healing we also have the mental aspect of healing. Our brains constantly function. Whether we are memorizing for a speech or a test, making a schedule for the week, performing while at work or school, our brains are always functioning. Now as sugar land chiropractors know something which is always functioning needs constant tuning and repair. Sleeping provides this maintenance for our neurons as well.
Now sleep can be broken down into different phases. Now the one phase most people have heard of is called REM sleep. What REM stand for is rapid eye movement. This is the phase in sleep which is when we attain the most for our brain. This is the phase as sugar land chiropractors know where the neural pathways created during the day for short term memory are strengthened. This is how short term memory can become long term memory.
Shortening this sleep cycle interrupts this neural pathway strengthening. This is why students studying for a test without sleeping are told they will do poorly. Without sleeping, the time you spent memorizing fact does not quote unquote stick. Most of us have heard at some point that sleeping the night before the test will do more good than staying up all night trying to cram as much information as we can in before we take the test. This is why people say that. Most people do not know the science behind it, just that it works. Well now you can say you know why getting a good night rest before a big exam or the important presentation help you more than staying up all night panicking.
Additionally, as sugar land chiropractors can tell you losing out on sleep goes beyond the mental to the emotional. People who did not receive enough sleep are known to be irritable. The short temper comes from a variety of factors, but it is present. This is important because being irritable affects other aspects of our lives. Just like being in pain from microtraumas not being healed properly. Just like have difficulties with memory due to poor sleep.
These are just a few of the reason why sugar land chiropractors recommend getting eight hours of sleep each night. Without resting your body will start to break down. Physically and mentally. Physically those microtraumas will continue to grow in severity until there is a health problem on your hands. Without healing those ligaments, muscles, or tendons there will be long term problems which will become more than a microtrauma.
On the mental side of the equation not receiving enough time to allow the brain to rest will continue to impair memory and move beyond memory to muscle function. Fatigued neurons trying to control fine motor skills will produce lack luster results. At first this may sound simply enough, but the longer you go without proper rest the more severe the problem gets.
I do apologize if I am rambling in this podcast. Remember I did not get near enough sleep last night which affects me as well. Even sugar land chiropractors have to take their own advice and in this particular case I need to get the proper level of rest in order to function properly just like you. Therefore, this is a classic case of do as I say not as I do. Please make sure you get the adequate amount of sleep to prevent health problems down the road. I ensure you I will be following my w advice in the future. Everyone needs the proper amount of sleep, everyone.
Thank you for joining me again this evening for another great podcast. I hope you enjoyed the discussion on the importance of sleep. As always should you or someone you know require a sugar land chiropractors services or simply have more questions on what was discussed please call Restoration Health today. We would love to schedule you an appointment and get you on the path to better health today. Thank you once again for joining us. Have a good night.