“Americans aren’t spending enough time snoozing. In 2013 (the last year measured by Gallup), the average American slept 6.8 hours a night—with 40 percent banking less than six hours. The nation hasn’t always been this sleep-deprived: Back in 1910, people slept an average of nine hours per night. Our culture of sleeplessness has been propelled by technologies like the light bulb and the Internet, which have given us more opportunities to stay awake in an increasingly 24/7 world.” - Neil Howe, forbes.com
Generational Attitude’s Effects
Our nation’s bad sleep habits are closely tied to generational attitudes. Baby Boomers were known to literally work themselves to death as being the biggest workaholics in any generation. Gen. Xers were never made to go to bed and get rest as their Boomer parents set the example that it was ideal to achieve work goals at expense of sleep.
Unlike the Boomers who took drugs to mellow out, Millennials are increasingly taking stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall, and Modafinil to stay focused both in the classroom and in the workplace. Pressure is always on in order to earn the next gold star which is pushing them towards drugs that keep them awake alert.
Consequences of Insufficient Sleep
Depression, ADHD, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease can be linked to inadequate rest. In 2014 sleep deprivation was considered a public health epidemic, with over 70 million adults suffering from a sleep disorder. Even worse, driving while drowsy causes 1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries every year in the US.
Another major consequence is that the economy loses $411 billion a year in productivity. If one hour a night was added to each worker’s rest, it would mean over $200 billion a year added back into the economy.
Clever Americans ready to cash in on the problem, came up with pharmaceuticals as the answer. Consumers spent $41 billion on sleep-related products in 2015, a figure that could rise to $52 billion by 2020. (source: consumerreports.org)
In the long run, they didn’t work. Soon a market emerged for incredibly comfortable mattresses that has grown into a $13 billion market in beds and bedding.
What is the Answer?
20% of the people reporting inability to sleep attribute it to pain. “One of a number of often overlooked complaints which can be effectively treated with chiropractic medicine, insomnia affects tens of millions of American citizens, with 50–70 million adults in the United States believed to have some form of sleep disorder.” (source: The Good Body)
Why Chiropractic is the Answer
The alleviation of pain, plus the relaxation component resulting from chiropractic adjustments and other care, have a positive effect on the body being able to relax into sleep. This is achieved without needless surgery or pharmacological interference.
Chiropractic care requires no drugs. This is a no brainer, and it’s the answer to many chronic sleep problems.
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