Saturday, August 25, 2018
"I Slept Wrong" Is Code for I Am In Denial
I've heard this at least once a month if not more often from practice members, "I slept wrong."
People say it so often it is taken for granted. It is like the boy who cried wolf so many times that no one noticed him anymore.
Yes, I slept wrong last night, and it didn't happen by accident. I woke up today with a sharp ache in my my right shoulder blade. It was a reminder that I did not follow my usual routine and now I am paying for it.
I really didn't sleep wrong. I did a lot of things wrong. For starters, I stayed up until it was close to midnight. I typically go to bed at 9:30.
Also, I seemed to graze all day long, snacking on almond butter and coconut milk. That doesn't sound too bad, but my intermittent fasting went out the window.
I didn't eat dinner until after 8 PM. So, the evening just keeps getting worse. I was in Ithaca and stopped at Green Star to grab something from the hot bar. And grab, I sure did. I got a small carton of turkey salad. Then I noticed some nice samplings of Indian cuisine made with coconut sauce, and another dish with spinach and chick peas. I couldn't resist a dark chocolate tart either.
I also took a few bites of my son's chocolate whoopie cookie. It told him it was made with healthy ingredients. He was almost in a panic. He said, "No way." Well, it was till sweet and carby, but not artificial.
When I get to bed late I can wake up with a mountainous head ache. This morning I was lucky. I felt very dehydrated and stiff. I managed to escape the head pain. I don't mean to joke about it, since I know so many people suffer with persistent headaches. I knew I was risking it because I want to stay up on weekends like everyone else. However, it is just not a smart practice.
I did not skip my usual bedtime supplements and I believe that helped me stave off the dreaded "I Slept Wrong," scenario. I take Min-Tran, Min-Chex or Bio-Dent before bed.
(If you want to know more about my health routine, just ask at your next appointment.)
When people come to me and say they slept wrong, it is usually the straw that broke the camel's back. Alleviating the muscle tension with an adjustment is helpful, but they have to admit they are constantly feeding the fire of inflammation that gives them pain, brain fog, and low energy.
There is never one cause. It is a complex formula of stresses until the body finally throws in the towel and falls down on the job. It is the perfect storm, as they say.
The body's sensory system has a high tolerance level. You can suffer incredible tissue damage in the organs and muscles before you are finally alerted with an uncomfortable and disruptive pain process.
Mechanical stressors are easy to figure out. It takes more honest introspection to admit you are exposing yourself to chemical and emotional stress, as well. They all damage the body the same way.
Most of the stress we ignore is the stress that requires us to seriously evaluate our lives. Work demands, family squabbles, and financial difficulty are health wreckers. If we don't have the courage to face them, our bodies break down.
Denial is a disease.
How did I go from a lousy pillow to a life crisis?
The Perfect Storm......
Let's take care of it. Take the negative and learn from it. There so many ways we can incorporate the positive. First, help your brain with a nice batch of chiropractic adjustments over the next month.
See you at the table... the adjusting table.
--Your Health Freedom Advocate
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