Why Sleep is Essential for Your Health

by | Dec 10, 2021 | The Rubin Chiropractic Health Center Blog

If you often feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done on your to-do list, skimping on sleep may seem like a good option. However, sleep isn’t optional – it’s a critical factor in your body’s overall health. Without adequate sleep, your body can’t function at its best, and long-term sleep deprivation can have serious consequences. 

Sleep is essential for the following aspects of your health:

Weight Management

Poor sleep can hinder your ability to maintain a healthy weight. People who don’t get enough high-quality sleep each night are more susceptible to weight gain. Additionally, not sleeping for long enough each night is a major risk factor for obesity. 

Focus and Cognition

Have you noticed that it’s more difficult to concentrate after a night of poor sleep? Sleep is crucial to multiple functions of the brain, so it’s no surprise that poor rest can inhibit your cognitive ability. Specifically, sleep is linked to cognition, concentration, and productivity. By getting enough rest each night, you can ensure that you have the brain power to carry out the next day’s tasks. 


Sleep deprivation can diminish the body’s ability to manage inflammation. As a result, inflammation may remain in the body, increasing your risk of developing conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.

Athletic Recovery

While you sleep, your body works to repair damage sustained during the day. For athletes, this means that sleep is a vital component for effective recovery. With enough high-quality sleep, you can improve your athletic performance with faster recovery times, higher energy levels, and improved coordination. 

Immune Function

The recovery process that occurs while you sleep also works to boost your immune system. When you sleep, your body works to repair itself and fight off foreign invaders. As a result, with high-quality sleep, people are less susceptible to illness. 

Treatment methods at The Rubin Health Center including massage therapy and acupuncture can help patients improve their quality of sleep. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us today!