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Chiropractic Help for Insomnia

By Sara Butler

Many people get less sleep than they need at night. But for some people, insomnia strikes and most nights are spent wishing that sleep would simply come. Insomnia isn't healthy and if you feel as if it's something you suffer from, then you need to learn more about it. Here's what you need to know about insomnia and how the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic may be able to help.

What is Insomnia?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia is when someone has difficulty falling asleep or you can fall asleep but have difficulty staying asleep. The symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Low energy
  • Mood disturbances
  • Reduce performance at school or work
  • Fatigue
  • Problems concentrating

What Contributes to Insomnia?

There are many different things that contribute to insomnia. These include:

  • High levels of stress
  • Pain
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol use
  • Medications
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • A big meal late in the evening
  • Excessive worrying
  • Certain medications

The problem is that the things that can contribute to insomnia can also be made worse by not getting enough sleep!

What You Can Do

You can promote better sleep habits in your own life. In fact, there are some actions you can take to help you get more sleep at night, including:

  • Consistently go to bed at the same time every night
  • Exercise because it can make you tired and help you sleep
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol or caffeine
  • Create a bedtime ritual that helps you relax before bed such as reading a book or listening to music
  • Meditate or practice yoga to help eliminate stress
  • Incorporate deep breathing methods

How the Chiropractor Can Help

The chiropractor can help you improve your sleep in a couple of key ways. First, regular chiropractic adjustments can help your body to work optimally. This includes the regulation of hormones that help control your sleep/wake cycles. Chiropractic adjustments can also help you deal with any aches and pains that may keep you up at night.

Another important way the chiropractor can help is by helping you to evaluate your sleep position. Some sleep positions are far more comfortable for you in the long run and can help you stay healthy as you sleep instead of waking up in pain or discomfort. The chiropractor can speak with you about your sleeping position and offer insight into the types of positions and pillows may help support you best for a good night's rest.

Insomnia is no fun, so work with your chiropractor to help you get better sleep at night.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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