Majority of Americans are not Sleeping Enough

The LA Times reports that a new survey says 83% of Americans don’t get a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis.

Why not?

Stress and anxiety were cited as the top reason by 48% followed by pain at 38% of the 1,008 adults interviewed by the polling firm Harris Interactive.

Why aren’t People Sleeping?

There are many reasons why someone may not be sleeping. Physical, emotional and mental problems may be disturbing the sleep cycle. But a common problem that many people don’t know about is an upper neck misalignment, that can result from head or neck injury. These misalignments can create a cascade of health problems. When accidents and injuries tear loose the connective tissue that hold the spine in place it creates a weakness, which allows the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position. Once that happens the function of the nervous system is disrupted. Nerves do 4 primary things in our body…

  • Every movement we make
  • Everything that we sense and feel
  • The control and regulation of all body systems
  • Our ability to relate to the world around us

The fourth factor is the one that can be the most devastating when the misalignment is disrupting the function of the nervous system in the upper neck at the Brain Stem level. Stress, anxiety and pain can all be related to a misalignment in the upper neck.

Upper neck misalignments diminish your body’s ability to adapt to stress and can impact you mentally and emotionally. Pain is frequently caused by the postural changes that occur as a consequence of an upper neck misalignment.

Is it time to finally get some sleep?

Do you want to stop relying on sleeping pills and get to bed naturally?

Then NUCCA may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. To find a doctor in your area go to or if you’re in the Seattle, Washington area, to schedule your NUCCA evaluation, click here.

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Dr. Reanna Plancich of Discover Health Chiropractic in Seattle, Washington is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves the Northwest Seattle area of University District, Wallingford, Wedgwood, Montlake and Capital Hill. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo, whiplash and auto injuries. More information can be found on her website at

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