Sleep Quality

Sleep quality.

The average person will spend about one-third of his or her life sleeping. Why do we need so much sleep? Basically, the quality and length of our sleeping hours affects the quality of our waking hours in a huge way. Without quality sleep, our bodies can’t heal, rest or repair; our energy can’t be replenished; and important hormones aren’t released.

What Happens While You Sleep?

Sleep is broken into four main stages, and something different happens with the body in each stage. The first stage of sleep happens as we fall asleep and transition from being awake to being asleep. We experience light sleep during this first stage, and our bodies become more relaxed. We spend most of our sleeping time in the second stage of sleep. In this stage, our heart rate and breathing become slower and more regular. Restorative sleep, when your body repairs and heals itself, happens in the third stage of sleep and is followed by REM sleep. “REM” stands for Rapid Eye Movement, and in this stage of sleep our brains are active (this is when dreaming happens). The REM stage of sleep happens about 90 minutes after we fall asleep and continues to occur about every 90 minutes thereafter, as our sleep “cycles.”

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Sleep needs change with age. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to get all of the benefits a good night’s sleep has to offer. You’ll know you’ve gotten enough sleep if you wake up feeling alert and refreshed. If you need a nap to get through the day, you may need more nighttime sleep. Some people have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep. There can be a number of reasons for these kinds of sleep troubles, and a good place to start working on getting enough sleep is by practicing good sleep hygiene—and we are not talking about the “brushing your teeth before going to bed” kind of hygiene, though that’s not a bad idea!

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene is important to allow our bodies to relax and prepare for a good night’s sleep. A few recommendations for good sleep hygiene include avoiding caffeine, alcohol, disruptive foods (foods that may upset your digestion), nicotine or even bright lights within a few hours of going to bed. Another part of sleep hygiene is setting a regular bedtime and waking time, and sticking to those times even on weekends. Getting in a regular bedtime routine will help signal your body and brain that it is almost time to sleep. Also, make sure the room is cool and dark, without blue light from screens, such as TVs, cell phones and tablets. Studies have suggested that going to bed early (no later than 11 p.m.) improves your sleep quality.

There are a few things we can do during the day to help our sleep patterns at night as well. Regular exercise will help encourage regular sleep patterns. Seeing daylight during the day and darkness at night also helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

Chiropractic Care and Sleep Problems

Many patients who have received a chiropractic adjustment say they’ve experienced an immediate improvement in sleep. This may be for a number of reasons: The adjustment removed nerve irritation or pain that was causing poor sleep; the adjustment improved blood flow which improved sleep; and/or the adjustment created relaxation. No matter the reason, a chiropractic adjustment may help relieve some of your sleep problems.

Sleep is very important for functioning in everyday life. Without the quality or quantity of sleep we need, it is nearly impossible to achieve overall wellness, to allow the body to heal and repair, and to re-energize for tomorrow. Ask us for more suggestions to help get a better night’s rest.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "DR MIKE IS A GREAT CHIROPRACTOR. HE TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE YOU A COMPLETE ADJUSTMENT IS TIME. HE IS ALSO A GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST. THANKS"
    RICHARD R.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.


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