Sleeping Away Dizziness
Sleep. You know you need it, but are you actually getting enough? In our high paced modern society sleep is often sacrificed at the expense of meeting a deadline, attending a social function, or watching just one more episode on NetFlix. I have heard many people say ‘well, if I just push through this week I can catch up on sleep on the weekend’. Unfortunately, our systems are not quite wired that way.
When you skimp yourself of sleep you are depriving your body of essential healing and repair time. In the short term, you may feel more irritable, forgetful, and discover you have the munchies…all the time. However, long term sleep deprivation can lead to prolonged problems with concentration and memory, weight gain, weakened immunity, and, yes, feelings of dizziness or light headedness and trouble with balance and coordination.
How much Sleep do you need?
The amount of sleep a person needs will vary throughout their life time. Generally speaking, the more energy you require, the more sleep you need. For example, infants and toddlers go through exponential growth and development and their little bodies and brains require huge amounts of energy. This is why they will sleep 14 – 16 hours (hopefully!) a day. As you get older and your body reaches maximum growth your sleep requirements begin to decrease. The average adult typically only needs 7 - 9 hours of sleep a night.
While you may think you can get by just fine on five to six hours of sleep, the reality is that you are slowly and gradually depriving yourself of essential sleep time, which risks optimizing your performance and reaching burnout. Have you ever gotten sick right after completing exams or a major project that has kept you up all night? This is often when you will begin to experience additional symptoms, including dizziness and trouble with coordination.
So, what can you do to optimize your sleep?
Simple lifestyle changes can be beneficial in helping you restore your internal balance and set you up for a restful night’s sleep. These include:
· Daytime exercise
· Cutting out processed food and sugar
· Getting fresh air and exposure to sunlight
· Breathing techniques and mediation
· Creating a dark sleep sanctuary
· Avoiding blue light exposure at night
A good night’s sleep is essential to help you create balance in your life and thrive throughout your day!
Dr. Speranza is an upper cervical Chiropractor in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She follows the protocols of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) to help people experiencing problems with postural related dizziness regain balance, return to doing the activities that they love, and ultimately take back control of their health.