Lot’s of Americans have a difficult time falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting the quality rest that they need in order for their body to rest and recharge. This means lots of late nights, sleepless nights, going in and out of sleep, and feeling tired and exhausted. Then we have the snooze button getting hit over and over.
Now let’s talk about the health of the upper cervical spine (upper neck) being important for sleep.
Our C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae protect the brainstem and the upper cervical spinal cord. Why does this matter? Among many other necessary life functions, the sleep centers of the body originate from the brainstem.
The movement or lack of movement of the C1 and C2 will directly affect how the brainstem is able to interpret information from the brain and to the rest of the body, which will also affect your sleep. This will also directly affect the crucial balance needed in the nervous system.
Why is the balance in the nervous system important?
The reason being is that the nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of the body. Thus why it is our most important body system and also why it is the most protected organ system.
Balance in the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems are crucial in normal bodily function and proper communication to all of the organs. An imbalance between these two divisions of the nervous system will slowly over time create break down in the body. Most commonly people are over-dominant in the fight or flight part of the nervous system.
This is why what we do at The Specific Chiropractic Centers – Carmel can help with sleep.
If you have an issue with the nervous system and the upper neck are not moving properly as they should be, we can help. We check the nervous system and the biomechanics of those top two bones and see if that could be the cause of your problem.
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