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How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Sleep Better

By Amber Page

Sleep. It's the one thing almost everyone in the world can agree we need more of. But getting a good night's sleep is often harder than it should be.

Whether you're having trouble falling asleep or staying that way, a chiropractor could be a big help. In fact, more than 30 percent of people report sleeping better after seeing a chiropractor.

Here are three ways chiropractors can help you sleep.

Chiropractors Can Help Relieve Aches and Pains

If you have an achy back, a stiff neck, recurrent headaches or other pain issues,  a chiropractor can perform gentle adjustments that help relieve pain and improve joint movement and nerve function.

That release of pain will, in turn, help you let go of any tension you're holding, making it easier to relax and fall asleep.

Chiropractors Can Help You Find the Right Sleep Position

Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to sleep -- especially if you're suffering from back pain, neck pain or frequent headaches.

Your chiropractor can discuss your sleeping patterns with you and identify any issues that could be keeping you from a good night's sleep. In addition to suggesting specific sleep positions, your chiropractor can recommend pillows and body-positioning tools that will help you sleep more comfortably.

Chiropractors Can Suggest Tweaks to Your Sleep Hygiene

Sometimes it's what's going on around us that keeps us from getting the sleep we need.

After discussing your sleep environment, your chiropractor could suggest small changes that may help you sleep better. For instance, if your room is too bright, you may need blackout curtains or a comfortable sleeping mask. Or if the environment around you is too loud, you might try investing in a white noise machine. You might even find aromatherapy to be helpful.

Small changes can make a big difference -- and your chiropractor can suggest the ones that will be of most help you.

Chiropractors Can Recommend Exercises to Prepare Your Body for Sleep

Often, what keeps us from getting a good night's rest is too much tension in the body. 

Your chiropractor can show you some gentle stretches and other exercises that can release tension, help you relax and get ready to visit dreamland.

Chiropractic care might not be the answer to all your sleep issues, but seeing a chiropractor might help put you on the road to better sleep.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in the Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, Ariz.

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