How Chiropractic Care May Help People Sleep Better


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 35% of adults report sleeping less than seven hours in a 24-hour time period, which is less than the ideal eight hours of sleep that are recommended. Sleep is an integral part of recovery from a long day and it gives the body a chance to restore itself to normal functioning after experiencing dehydration, muscle fatigue, stress, and many other potentially damaging processes. Sleep is one area of our health that chiropractic care can be applied to as a way to better our musculoskeletal health and our overall health outcomes.

When we deprive our bodies of sleep, we are effectively cutting off the communication between our brains and other parts of our body. The central nervous system and all other nervous systems rely on this communication as a way to maintain equilibrium, and assess whether or not certain problems have arisen in the body. Without this communication, the body is not functioning in the way that it needs to and inadequate sleep is a primary contributor to this occurrence.

The lack of neurological communication also leads to memory loss, lack of learning proficiency, and other types of cognitive impairment that have the potential to present threats to overall well being.

Chiropractic care has the ability to dramatically alter sleep outcomes and put the body in a position for ideal neurological communication and functioning. With proper alignment of the spine and various other components of the musculoskeletal system, the main nerves and the auxiliary nerves are restored to their proper positioning creating the channels necessary for correct signaling. Starting with the brain and moving to all of the tiny nerve endings in the thumbs and toes, electrochemical impulses are being sent constantly even while we are sleeping. With the inclusion of chiropractic care into our lives, we have the ability to sleep better and eventually, to feel better.

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