Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Our bodies typically need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, however some may need less and some may need more to feel energized and ready to take on the day. When you are sleeping, it gives your body the rest it needs to function properly and allows the brain to recharge.

Sleep occurs in multiple stages, including dreamless periods of light and deep sleep, and occasional periods of active dreaming or REM sleep. The sleep cycle is repeated several times during the night. Total sleep time tends to remain constant throughout life, however as we age, we tend to spend more time in the lighter stages of sleep.

Is this you?

  • 74% of American adults experience a sleeping problem a few nights a week or more
  • 39% get less than 7 hours of sleep each weeknight
  • 37% are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities

Did you know?

  • Humans are the only mammal that willingly delays sleep
  • Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more).
  • Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep.
  • Sixty-five percent of Americans lose sleep because of stress.

A lot of our patients tell us that they either have trouble sleeping or feel tired all of the time because they are not getting enough sleep. Along with feeling tired all of the time, they notice they are more susceptible to getting sick or they notice an increase in their appetites.

I got to thinking, what kinds of effects does lack of sleep have on your body? Take a look at this chart! It is crazy all the effects of not getting enough sleep can have on your body – effects you might not have even realized! There is even a difference for short-term and long-term effects due to lack of sleep.

Sleep Deprivation pic 1

If you do have trouble falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep, we recommend to our patients Valerian Root. It is an herb that is a natural sedative and sleep aid. It may taste gross, but it does work! And with none of the groggy side effects of over the counter sleep aids!

Now get some sleep so you can be at your optimal best!

Dr. Jess


2Dr. Jessica Stensland is a busy family wellness Chiropractor in Urbandale, Iowa. She spends her weeks taking care of dozens of families.  Not only does Dr. Jessica specialize in pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care, but she’s a board certified Acupuncturist.  Dr. Jessica believes that a healthier community means taking care of all ages.   She is a Minnesota native and enjoys seeing family and friends in her free time, in addition to staying active and reading the many books she has on her kindle


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