circulation and sleep

circulation and sleep

How your brain controls sleep

Your brain conducts the transition between the stable states of wakefulness and rest. As you proceed through a day full of activity, your body and brain naturally progress toward the need for sleep; this is an essential need that affords your body the time it needs to rest and recharge. As it becomes time for sleep, your brain sends signals that inhibit the parts of the brain which are responsible for wakefulness and begins the transition toward sleep. But what if your brain doesn’t have the inputs it needs to function properly? 

Circulation is responsible for the inputs that influence sleep

Proper blood circulation ensures that all of the cells in your body receive the oxygen and nutrients necessary for proper cellular function; at the same time, circulation provides the removal service for lymphatic material and cell waste, and the accumulation of toxins which harm our immune systems. But if you don’t move, the blood doesn’t flow: stagnant lifestyles are contributing to poor circulation which has a damning effect on all of the body’s essential functions. It may not seem apparent but, when it comes to sleep, movement is one of the most important factors. Moving throughout the day encourages your blood to flow to all regions of the body, including the brain. When your brain cells receive the oxygen and essential nutrients they need, they are better able to effect the transition from wakefulness to sleep.

More movement starts with less pain

Sleep is a cornerstone of wellness and our priority is your wellness. If you are suffering with a painful musculoskeletal condition that is preventing you from moving and getting the circulation you need, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. We can help you correct the underlying cause of your condition and set a course for more movement that will help your body increase circulation, and thus improve your ability to fall and stay asleep. 

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