Chiropractic Help with Sleep
By Sara Butler
Do you have trouble getting a good night’s rest? Well, you aren’t alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, a quarter of the population in the United States has trouble getting enough sleep at night. Of those 25 percent, 10 percent report having chronic insomnia. This is a problem because it impacts every aspect of your health. If you have trouble sleeping, here’s how chiropractic can help.
The Underlying Issue
There are many reasons why people have trouble sleep at night. The most common include:
- A bigger health issue – Insomnia and other sleep issues can sometimes be related to other health issues such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep can also be affected by depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome or anxiety. Asthma, hyperthyroidism, menopause, headaches and gastrointestinal disorders can also cause sleep troubles.
- Self-induced – Sometimes people have trouble getting enough sleep because they work long hours, have increased stress levels or a large family to care for. Use or abuse of recreational drugs or alcohol can also cause sleep problems, as well as too much caffeine.
If you are having trouble sleeping you should try to look into what can be causing the problems. Sleep deprivation is a serious problem that can cause other health problems. It impacts reaction time and memory, too. It also impacts your immunity and may increase your chances of chronic illness such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Your first course of action when you’re having difficulty sleeping should be a conservative one without the use of medication, which makes chiropractic care a great place to start. Chiropractic adjustments have been found in studies to improve sleep.
If you are suffering from pain that is keeping you awake at night, then chiropractic can also help with that. Whether you suffer from headaches, back pain or neck pain, you should discuss options for treatment with your chiropractor to see if they think their hands-on approach can help.
After you start seeing your chiropractor for regular adjustments, you may experience more restful and comfortable sleep at night.
If you have trouble sleeping, you need to bring it to the attention of your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. They can discuss options with you as well as other factors that may be impacting your sleep. Hopefully, you can work together to create better and more restorative sleep at night to get you and your health on the right track!