Chiropractic Murray Hill http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com Chiropractic Murray Hill Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:41:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Treat Sunburn! http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/how-to-treat-sunburn/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:44:02 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22200 slider-1 Manhattan Wellness Group promotes health and well being through chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture. You’ve heard the advice before: stay out of the sun or use plenty of sunscreen and reapply every few hours. But while it’s true that excessive sun exposure resulting in sunburn may increase your risk of skin cancer, it’s a fallacy […]

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slider-1Manhattan Wellness Group promotes health and well being through chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture.

You’ve heard the advice before: stay out of the sun or use plenty of sunscreen and reapply every few hours. But while it’s true that excessive sun exposure resulting in sunburn may increase your risk of skin cancer, it’s a fallacy to believe that sun exposure should be avoided altogether.

The key is to find the right balance, where you’re exposing plenty of skin to the sun’s rays, but not staying out to the point of getting burned. Sun exposure can only be therapeutic when it’s done in appropriate and measured amounts.

Excessive sun exposure provides no benefit and can only result in damage like sunburn, which is an inflammatory response in your skin to UVB overexposure. However, UVB exposure is precisely what you want, in appropriate amounts, because when UVB strikes the surface of your skin, your skin converts a cholesterol derivative into vitamin D3.

Ironically, one of the benefits of exposure to Vitamin D is actually a significant reduction in cancer risk, both skin cancer and many other types of cancer.

Research continues to support that vitamin D truly is a master key for optimal health and disease prevention. This is why it’s so important to strike the right balance. You need sun exposure, but not so much that you burn your skin.

So, how can you get the benefits without raising your risk for skin damage? It’s important to remember that the sun can either be helpful or harmful depending on what type of ultraviolet light you’re getting. The ultraviolet light from the sun comes in two main wavelengths:

    • Ultraviolet A (UVA)  Considered the unhealthy wavelength because it penetrates your skin more deeply and cause more free radical damage. Sunblocks containing SPF filter out the beneficial UVB, not these cancer-causing UVAs, unless they also contain a UVA blocking ingredient.

As a result, wearing sunscreen may prevent you from burning, as excessive UVBs are the chief cause of sunburn, but you still receive a large amount of skin-damaging radiation. Moreover, UVA rays are constantly available, even on cloudy days.  There are likely some benefits to UVA in moderation that we do not fully understand, as there appears to be with many spectrums emitted from the sun.

    • Ultraviolet B (UVB) – This is the ‘healthy’ wavelength that helps your skin produce vitamin D. While both UVA and UVB can cause tanning and burning, UVB does so far more rapidly.

Contrary to UVAs, which are more readily available, UVB rays are low in morning and evening, and high at midday or solar noon, making this the most optimal time for vitamin D production (roughly between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.). Ironically, this is the timeframe most mainstream experts warn you to stay out of the sun.

As a general rule of thumb, to optimize your vitamin D levels, you need to expose large portions of your skin to the sun, including your legs, back, arms, and chest. For optimal benefit, strive to have at least 40 percent of your skin uncovered.

The key is knowing when to cover back up. You want your skin to turn the lightest shade of pink. This can occur in as little as 10-20 minutes, depending on your skin tone and other factors, such as location and cloud cover.

At that point, you’ve reached your skin’s equilibrium or saturation point, and your body will not produce any more vitamin D. It can take three to six times longer for darkly pigmented skin to reach the equilibrium concentration of skin vitamin D.

You can create as much as 20,000 units of vitamin D per day this way. Best of all, your body has this built-in feedback loop that prevents you from overdosing on the nutrient when you get it via sun exposure.

It’s important to remember that there’s no additional benefit to staying in the sun past the point of “pinking.” For some light-skinned individuals with minimal previous sun exposure, this could only be a few minutes. You’re only raising your risk of sunburn, which is something you definitely want to avoid. The risk of sunburn is higher if you have a lighter complexion.

The benefits of sun exposure definitely outweigh its risks, but you do need to be smart about it. Taking a few sensible steps to avoid sunburn will ensure you’re maximizing the benefits while limiting any potential adverse effects. To continuously enjoy the positive effects of sun exposure without getting burned, I recommend following these safety tips:

  • Protect your face and eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or a cap. The skin around these areas is much thinner than other areas of your body and is more at risk for cosmetic photo damage and premature wrinkling.
  • Limit your initial exposure and slowly work your way up. If you are a fairly light-skinned individual who tends to burn easily, limit your initial exposure to just a few minutes, especially if it is in the middle of summer. The more tanned your skin gets, the longer you can stay in the sun without burning.
  • Moisturize your skin naturally. Before sunbathing, apply organic coconut oil on the exposed areas of your skin. This will not only moisturize your skin to prevent dryness, but will also give you additional metabolic benefits.

The amount of antioxidants you get from your diet actually plays a major role in how you effectively avoid sunburn. The more antioxidants you have in your skin, the lower your risk of getting burned. They act as an internal type of sunscreen and allow you to maximize your sun exposure while minimizing the risks. Carotenoids, for instance, are critical to the photosynthetic process and protect a plant or organism from damage by light and oxygen.

By consuming plants or organisms that contain these pigments, you gain a similar protective benefit. Vitamins A and C are also important, your cells use them to regulate both light absorption and protection against sun overexposure.  Whole fresh vegetables and fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Although the exact pathway by which antioxidants help protect your skin from burning has yet to be pinned down, it’s most likely related to the antioxidants’ anti-inflammatory properties, as sunburn is actually an inflammatory process.

Taking measures to prevent sunburn from occurring is clearly your best course of action. But should you end up getting overexposed, the following strategies can help speed the healing of your skin, and minimize the damage. One of the most effective first-aid strategies I know of is to apply raw aloe vera gel topically to the burn. It’s loaded with powerful glyconutrients that accelerate healing. Aloe is also easy to grow if you live in a southern location, and is an excellent medicinal plant to keep in your home garden.

You need to be careful of the species as many have very flat leaves with virtually no gel. The best plants have the thickest leaves. They are relatively easy to propagate and you can turn one plant into six or more in under a year.  After cutting the leaf from the plant, you want to first cut off the prickly edges. Then, using a peeler, peel the skin off one side. You can now rub the jelly side directly on your sunburn.  Apply it five times a day until your condition improves.

Applying cold compresses to the sunburned area can also help lessen the burning pain. To avoid further irritation, do not wash sunburned skin with harsh soaps. Speaking of water, you also want to make sure to stay properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Young children need to be carefully monitored for signs of dehydration.

Avoid applying petroleum jelly on your sunburn, as it may exacerbate the burn. It is also a petrochemical that is loaded with toxins you don’t want in your system. I would suggest never applying petroleum jelly topically. Also, it’s inadvisable to take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers in most cases, as they may simply worsen your condition. Besides aloe vera, there are plenty of other topical food-based remedies that can help ease the pain and speed healing.  Potatoes can help, as can honey, vinegar, green tea and cucumbers.

As noted earlier, sunscreens effectively protect against UVB, which is the main cause of sunburn, and are classified into their level of sun protection factor or SPF:

  • SPF 15 – Blocks 93 percent of UVB radiation
  • SPF 30 – Blocks up to 97 percent of UVB radiation
  • SPF 50 – Blocks up to 98 percent of UVB radiation

This means that when you apply sunblock, even at a lower SPF 15, you’re effectively eliminating any chance of raising your vitamin D level. And, as mentioned earlier, most sunscreens do not filter out the more damaging UVAs, unless it also contains a UVA block. So you’re still being exposed to harmful UVA rays, even if you don’t get burned. Besides preventing vitamin D production, sunscreens are problematic for other reasons as well.

Many contain toxic and/or hormone-disrupting ingredients, which migrate through your skin directly into your bloodstream. Products that contain vitamin A and its derivatives, retinol and retinyl palmitate, may also increase the speed at which malignant cells develop. Parents should stop applying spray-on sunscreens on their kids until more research is done to assess the dangers of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two key sunscreen ingredients. According to reports, children may be inhaling these chemicals when the sunscreen is sprayed on.

In my view, sensible sun exposure is so important for optimal health, you’re really doing yourself and your kids a disservice by not learning how to do so safely and effectively. A robust and growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for disease prevention. Researchers have pointed out that increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year. Incidence of several types of cancer could also be slashed in half.

So enjoy the sun, and as with anything that is good for you, enjoy in moderation, don’t over do it!

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The Weather and Your Back http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/the-weather-and-your-back/ Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:24:28 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22197 contact Manhattan Wellness Group promotes health and well being through chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture. Many people think the weather affects their back pain, but a new study shows they are probably wrong.  A recent study found no association between temperature, humidity, barometric pressure or precipitation with episodes of pain. The findings, apply only […]

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Manhattan Wellness Group promotes health and well being through chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture.

Many people think the weather affects their back pain, but a new study shows they are probably wrong.  A recent study found no association between temperature, humidity, barometric pressure or precipitation with episodes of pain.

The findings, apply only to back pain.  So don’t worry about the weather and your back pain, there’s nothing you can do about the weather, but you can be careful about how you lift, stand, your weight range and maintaining good physical activity.

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Left-Brain/ Right-Brain Thinking a Hoax? http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/left-brain-right-brain-thinking-a-hoax/ Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:40:57 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22194 chiropractor Studies over the years have suggested that we use one half of our brain more often than the other, playing a part in the type of personality we have.  But recent research shows that this is a myth, there is not evidence in brain imaging that shows people are right or left-brained.  The left side […]

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Studies over the years have suggested that we use one half of our brain more often than the other, playing a part in the type of personality we have.  But recent research shows that this is a myth, there is not evidence in brain imaging that shows people are right or left-brained.  The left side of the brain is usually associated with logical, analytical and detail-oriented behavior, the right side has been connected to creative, thoughtful and subjective thinking.

It is true that some brain functions occur more in one side than the other, language for example tends to be left, attention more on the right.  But there is not evidence that people have stronger left or right-sided brain networks.  It seems that personality types have nothing to do with one hemisphere being more active, stronger, or more connected than the other.

It is important to make sure you spine is aligned properly so that these networks are able to communicate well.

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Chiropractic Care Good For Self-Healing http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/chiropractic-care-good-for-self-healing/ Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:49:28 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22192 contact Our body is in a constant and never ending struggle for survival. Scientists estimate that each of our cells must withstand around 10,000 individual assaults from free radicals. Amazingly, the body has an incredible system of self-healing that withstands the onslaught and rebuilds what has been damaged. Chiropractic care has been shown to be a […]

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Our body is in a constant and never ending struggle for survival. Scientists estimate that each of our cells must withstand around 10,000 individual assaults from free radicals. Amazingly, the body has an incredible system of self-healing that withstands the onslaught and rebuilds what has been damaged. Chiropractic care has been shown to be a powerful method of stabilizing and enhancing this self-healing ability.

The central nervous system is the primary system that controls all function and healing within the body. This flow of nerve energy from the brain to the body coordinates all 75 trillion cells to action. The brain is then fed through movement information that it receives from skin, joint, & muscle receptors.

Physical nerve stress occurs when the spinal bones are twisted or thrown out of alignment. This is caused every day by macro traumas such as falls, car accidents, & sporting activities. Micro traumas such as bad posture, repetitive movements, and poor sleeping habits can damage the spine & nervous system as well. Physical nerve stress causes a deficiency in healthy brain-body signaling and an increased release of the stress hormone cortisol. This disrupts the body’s ability to heal.

Chiropractic adjustments remove this built-up pressure on the nervous system allowing the body to heal as it was designed.  We experience physical, chemical and emotional stress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system.

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How Babies Are Held Just After Birth http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/how-babies-are-held-just-after-birth/ Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:48:09 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22189 slider-1 Changing the way a baby is held before its umbilical cord is clamped could improve rates of iron deficiencies in newborns.  Current recommendations on how babies should be held immediately after birth are based on studies conducted 35 years ago. They suggest that the baby needs to be held in the “introitus position,” which is […]

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Changing the way a baby is held before its umbilical cord is clamped could improve rates of iron deficiencies in newborns.  Current recommendations on how babies should be held immediately after birth are based on studies conducted 35 years ago. They suggest that the baby needs to be held in the “introitus position,” which is at the level of the placenta, so that enough blood can pass from the placenta to the baby.

It is intuitive to keep the newborn baby’s position below the level of the placenta, as gravity should maximize the volume of transferred blood. However, trying to hold a wet, crying, wriggling infant in that position for two minutes in gloved hands is awkward, and the mother is waiting to hold her baby too, so sometimes the full two minutes suggested before clamping the cord aren’t waited out.  Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord until 2 minutes after birth improves this placental transfusion and reduces the risk of iron deficiency in the infant.

Researchers believe that there may be a low delayed cord clamping in hospitals as a result of the awkwardness of the introitus position, and that this may result in more babies than necessary having iron deficiencies.  To promote this delayed procedure in hospitals, the researchers compared the effectiveness of the introitus position in transferring blood from the placenta with an alternative, more comfortable position, like placing the baby on the mothers stomach.

Studies found that placing the baby on the mother is no less effective than the introitus position, but it does have the advantage of being less awkward, and allows immediate contact between the mother and her child.

Because of the potential of enhanced bonding between mother and baby, increased success of breastfeeding and the compliance with the delayed cord clamping, holding the infant by the mother immediately after birth should be strongly recommended.

Manhattan Wellness Group promotes health and well being through chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture.

 

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Exercising the Brain http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/exercising-the-brain/ Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:56:32 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22185 chiropractor How do we understand the complex network of the brain and how to keep it sharp as we age?  We do know that exercising the neurons in the brains circuitry can improve your memory and possibly stave off dementia. Neurons, the functional building blocks of your brain, communicate using a combination of electrical and chemical […]

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chiropractorHow do we understand the complex network of the brain and how to keep it sharp as we age?  We do know that exercising the neurons in the brains circuitry can improve your memory and possibly stave off dementia.

Neurons, the functional building blocks of your brain, communicate using a combination of electrical and chemical signals.  The 86 billion neurons in your head are constantly active. Even though the brain doesn’t account for much of your body weight, it uses 20% of your body’s energy to function.

It’s not enough for your brain cells simply to fire in the same patterns over and over. From moment to moment, throughout your life, your neurons need to rewire themselves based on your genes and experiences.  The differences in the connections between neurons are what make each of our brains unique.

There are many things you can do on a daily basis to keep your neurons firing strong.  Most importantly, stay in good physical health.  Exercising and eating a healthy diet have shown they help the brain at a cellular level.  Exercise enhances the growth and survival of new neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain essential for long-term memory.

You know you need to workout to keep your body in shape. Your mind is no different. Learning and practicing any challenging skill, for example, a second language, reading, doing crossword puzzles or even juggling, can change the structure of your brain for the better.

This type of mental stimulation can delay cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease, although there’s evidence that once the symptoms of dementia begin, they progress faster.

Also, stay connected with friends and family, several studies have shown that being part of a larger social network can reduce the cognitive effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

The fact that the brain is always changing gives us the opportunity to shape those neural connections through our behavior and environment. But beneath all of those factors lies the unchangeable role of genetics.

How do genes and your environment interact in normal aging, let alone result in diseases such as Alzheimer’s? Neuroscientists are still looking at the effects of lifestyle choices.  Scientists are still striving to understand how to keep the brain youthful.

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Healthy Snacking http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/healthy-snacking/ Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:18:49 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22180 diet Lets talk shop about healthy snacking, what to pack for those long summer road trips to the beach or your favorite hiking spot. It’s unfortunate that recent studies found that 27 percent of kids’ diets come from high-fat, high-sugar snacks, and the frequent grazing is directly linked to belly fat accumulation. But, if we can […]

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dietLets talk shop about healthy snacking, what to pack for those long summer road trips to the beach or your favorite hiking spot.

It’s unfortunate that recent studies found that 27 percent of kids’ diets come from high-fat, high-sugar snacks, and the frequent grazing is directly linked to belly fat accumulation. But, if we can snack smartly, we can slim down.

Here are several tips on how to keep snacking healthy….

Watch the clock

Afternoon snacking was associated with a slightly higher intake of fiber and fruits and vegetables.  Having a bite to hold you over til lunch is common practice, but it has been hound that mid-morning snackers tended to snack more throughout the day than afternoon snackers, resulting in hindered weight-loss efforts.

Keep the muscle in your snack!

Make sure your snack contains protein, which requires more energy to burn than carbs or fats and thus keeps you fuller longer.

Use Smaller Bowls

Take advantage of the visual illusion with belly-friendly bowls or ramekins.  Larger bowls equal larger servings and you don’t realize how much you’ve eaten, choosing to fill up your bowl and empty it without regard for the fact that you may be nearing full in your belly.

Don’t be duped

Just because it says low fat does not mean it’s good for you.  And it also doesn’t mean you should eat more of it just because it’s marked this way.

Manhattan Wellness Group promotes health and well being through good diet and exercise as well as chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture.

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World Cup Amongst Fittest Athletes http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/world-cup-amongst-fittest-athletes/ Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:58:21 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22175 chiropractor Last night was the first match for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. They faced their rival Ghana, a tough group that’s sent the Americans home during the previous two World Cups.  Yes, that’s right, in case you’ve been sleeping, it’s the 2014 World Cup! There’s no denying that soccer players are some of the fittest […]

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Last night was the first match for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. They faced their rival Ghana, a tough group that’s sent the Americans home during the previous two World Cups.  Yes, that’s right, in case you’ve been sleeping, it’s the 2014 World Cup!

There’s no denying that soccer players are some of the fittest athletes of any sport.  Have you noticed the colorful tape they sometimes wear?  That’s Kinesio tape, which is used by Manhattan Wellness Group in physical therapy and chiropractic care.  These therapies, as any soccer player will tell you, is important to keeping the body in tip top shape.

The average distance, in miles, each player can runs per game is 7 miles.  Mid-fielders (who play both offense and defense), see the most action, running up to 9.5 miles per game. Soccer players run the most really, more than basketball and tennis even.

The maximum distance, in miles, a referee runs during a game is 8.  A single referee tracks the ball over the entire field and relies on the help of up to two assistant referees to help him enforce the rules if they happen outside his view.

The U.S. team had three daily workouts for the four weeks leading up to the World Cup. 

The length of the game is 90 mins. That’s two 45-minute halves (with a 15-minute halftime) and, at the end of the second half, extra time gets added to the clock to make up for when play was halted as the result of injuries, fouls, and substitutions (the clock keeps running throughout the match).

The average running pace per mile potential World Cup Referees must maintain is 5mins 20sec.  They have to complete 10 laps on a track (or 2.5 miles) in 21:30, with a quarter of that distance spent walking.  Here’s the breakdown: Run 150 meters in 30 seconds (that’s 5:20 per mile), then walk 50 meters in 35 seconds. They repeat that sequence 20 times. That’s after the sprint test, where they must finish six 40-meter sprints under 6 seconds each, with only 90 seconds rest in between.

The size, in square feet, of the field is 69,300.  That’s 1.59 acres of surface area to cover. The fields for international matches must be between 110 yards long by 70 yards wide and 120 yards long by 80 yards wide.

So keep up the good work team USA!  And for all you other soccer players out there stay and shape and let us help you with any aches and pains.

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Manicure for Runners? http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/manicure-for-runners/ Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:55:03 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22170 exercise 2 Marathon runners often suffer from calluses and missing toe nails.  Some say a manicure can help by strengthening the nail.  It isn’t good to remove the calluses completely though, as they are needed for running. Runners may stay away from pedicures for a lot of reasons. Not only may they want to preserve protective calluses, […]

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exercise 2Marathon runners often suffer from calluses and missing toe nails.  Some say a manicure can help by strengthening the nail.  It isn’t good to remove the calluses completely though, as they are needed for running.

Runners may stay away from pedicures for a lot of reasons. Not only may they want to preserve protective calluses, they may also think having pretty toenails doesn’t really matters when you’re losing them so often. Others are embarrassed to sit in a chair and have a stranger evaluate their battered feet.

Lost or discolored toenails are a perpetual problem for runners because running is blunt trauma on the feet.  The toes are constantly butting up against the sneaker and they become bruised.  It’s not the actual nail that is damaged, but the nail bed, the tissue under the nail that is rich in blood vessels.  Wearing shoes that are too small or doing a lot of downhill running, puts pressure on the front of the foot and can traumatize the nail that protects that bed. As a result, the nail bed bleeds, making the toenail appear black.

The buildup of blood also creates pressure that can push up the nail. The nail can then detach from the nail matrix, the area at the base of the nail from which new nails grow. For the majority of runners the area remains unharmed. That’s why often when a dead nail pops off, a new one is already growing underneath.

Keeps nails trimmed and moisture feet often.  Cut the nails to a medium length, too short, you risk ingrown toenails; too long, and you’re more likely to bang the nail against the front of your shoe.  The nails should be cut straight across instead of rounded, to prevent ingrown toenails.

When going to a nail salon, to ensure recommends bringing your own nail instruments, and also go to a salon that uses a plastic inlay inside of the soaking tub that the technician can replace after each customer to assure you’re putting your feet in a sterile solution.  If you have an underlying medical condition like diabetes, which can increase the risk of infection, check with your doctor before getting a pedicure.

Ultimately, there’s not much people who run a lot can do to prevent lost or discolored toenails entirely. Making sure your running shoes fit properly may help. So can avoiding downhill running, which jams your toes against the front of your footwear, though that’s not really practical.

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The Importance of Sleep for Memory http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/the-importance-of-sleep-for-memory/ Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:58:31 +0000 http://chiropracticmurrayhill.com/?p=22166 massage It has long been known that a good night’s sleep improves learning and memory.  Scientists used advanced microscopy to witness new connections between brain cells, the  synapses, forming during sleep to understand how the brain changes to improve memory during sleep.  Finding out sleep promotes new connections between neurons is new, nobody knew this before.  They […]

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massageIt has long been known that a good night’s sleep improves learning and memory.  Scientists used advanced microscopy to witness new connections between brain cells, the  synapses, forming during sleep to understand how the brain changes to improve memory during sleep.  Finding out sleep promotes new connections between neurons is new, nobody knew this before.  They discovered that even intense training can not make up for lost sleep.

It is well known that sleep plays an important role in memory and learning.  But what actually happens inside the brain has been a source of considerable debate. Scientists looked inside the living brain of animals with a microscope to see what happened when they were either sleeping or sleep deprived.  And by disrupting specific phases of sleep, the research group showed deep or slow-wave sleep was necessary for memory formation.  During this stage, the brain was replaying the activity from earlier in the day.

It was known that sleep helped with memory, but it could have been other causes, but now it is known that sleep really helps to make connections and that in sleep the brain is not quiet, it is replaying what happened during the day and it seems quite important for making the connections.

However, there are concerns that people are not getting enough sleep.  Society really ignores the importance of sleep, it is usually the first thing people skimp on.  Mice doing up to an hour’s training followed by sleep were compared with mice training intensively for three hours but then sleep deprived.  The difference was strong, with the sleepers performing better and the brain forming more new connections.  One of the implications is for children studying, if you want to remember something for long periods you need these connections.  So it is better to study and have good sleep rather than to keep studying.  Sleep promotes new synaptic connections, so preserve sleep.

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