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We all know that getting sleep is good for us. We hear from a very young age that eight hours of sleep a night is what we should strive for. What we aren’t always told is why. With a society that has begun working more hours, drinking more caffeine to stay awake, and having more distractions for our waking hours than ever before, it can seem like an inconvenience to need to sleep. Here are some benefits to getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night.
1. Improved Memory. Sleep studies have shown that having a good night’s rest can help you recall more things that you are trying to learn. Through a process called consolidation, the mind actually helps to store things while you are asleep. This is why we were always told to get a good night’s rest before a big test.
2. Improved Immune System. Studies have concluded that getting a good amount of sleep can help you fight off sickness. You may have noticed that when you work a lot and your sleep suffers, you get sick easier or more sick than you normally would. By getting a good amount of sleep, you may be able to keep those nasty germs at bay for longer than you would if you streamline caffeine.
3. Avoiding Accidents. Driving while tired is one of the most dangerous things you can do. If you haven’t slept in a while, experts say you should not get behind the wheel. Either pull over and take a nap or have someone else drive you. In today’s society, this is incredibly easy with services like Lyft and Uber. If you’ve ever been in the car with a tired person driving, you know how frightening it can be. Always be sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel.
4. Boost Your Creativity. Sleeping can help to rest parts of the brain that are needed for creative ideas. Harvard studies have shown that sleep can help to improve the emotional responses to memories and may help to spur the creative process.
While there are many reasons that you may not be able to sleep, some of them may be easily fixed with a trip to Wirth Chiropractic. Come in and see if an adjustment can help you get a better night’s rest.

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