What do 30 million Americans have in common?

If you’ve ever felt like you’re not getting enough sleep or that you’re tossing and turning all night-know that you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from insomnia, in fact 10-15% of Americans have chronic insomnia. Chronic Insomnia is defined as trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, experiencing daytime fatigue, anxiety, feelings of restlessness, irritability, or waking up tired all lasting longer than one month.

Research studies have found that sleep quality is closely tied to one other bodily function. What is that function?

Breathing.

In fact researchers have discovered that there is even a magic number of breaths per minute that is ideal for optimal sleep. How many breaths per minute is it?

Less than 12

Who breathes faster in general-healthy people or sick people?
Sick people breathe faster. Patients who smoke, have heart disease, or who are fighting a chest cold will have difficulty breathing. To compensate they will breathe faster in order to keep oxygen going to their brain.

If you had abnormal messaging going from your spine to your brain what effect would that have on your breathing?

Abnormal messaging from the spine to the brain can negatively affect the body’s fight or flight response. This can result in undesirable changes to blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory function. The sympathetic nervous system can also increase breathing rate even when it may not be helpful. An overactive fight or flight response may be useful if you are running from a zombie clown however it is not helpful when you need to give a calm, cool, and collected presentation to your boss. Correction of abnormal nerve function especially in the thoracic region (upper back) can result in a higher quality of life and improved respiratory function. Thus giving you a sigh of relief and a good night’s rest.

Sources:

J Chiropr Med. 2008 Sep; 7(3): 86–93.
PMCID: PMC2686395
Sympathetic and parasympathetic responses to specific diversified adjustments to chiropractic vertebral subluxations of the cervical and thoracic spine
Arlene Welcha, and Ralph Booneb

J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Sep; 28(9): 2547–2549.
Published online 2016 Sep 29. doi: 10.1589/jpts.28.2547
PMCID: PMC5080173
The immediate effects of spinal thoracic manipulation on respiratory functions
Doo Chul Shin, PT, PhD1 and Yong Woo Lee, PT, DC, PhD1

Exp Brain Res. 1999 Apr;125(3):248-54.
Effects of voluntary hyperventilation on cortical sensory responses. Electroencephalographic and magnetoencephalographic studies.
Huttunen J1, Tolvanen H, Heinonen E, Voipio J, Wikström H, Ilmoniemi RJ, Hari R, Kaila K.

Scroll to Top