Updated: Apr 27
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you are not alone. The American Sleep Association (ASA) says that 50 to 70 million people in the United States struggle with some sort of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can prevent you from getting the sleep you need to stay healthy and feel good during the day. Fortunately, chiropractic care can be part of the solution for better sleep.
Chronic sleep deprivation leads to a whole host of health problems. This includes daytime fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, delayed reaction time, a weakened immune system, and memory issues.
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR SLEEP DISORDERS
Many don't realize that chiropractors can help with sleep issues. But, it’s true! In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly one-third of people who have undergone a chiropractic adjustment say they experience an immediate improvement in sleep.
The benefits of regular chiropractic care for patients with sleep issues include:
Easing muscle tension that causes restlessness,
Relaxing the body,
Relieving pain and discomfort,
Stimulating circulation and blood flow, and
Improving central nervous system function.
Following a thorough evaluation, a skilled chiropractor can also provide advice on a better sleeping position, postural exercises, supportive mattress, and ergonomic pillow to help you sleep well.
Approaches to Sleep Disorders, insomnia And Lethargy
Traditional Medical Approach: At night sedatives like, Lunesta and Ambien aid in falling asleep.*
To stay asleep: short acting benzodiazepines are prescribed
Prescription Drug SIde Effects: Next day: drowsiness, flu-like symptoms and loss of memory are common. Lunesta and Ambien slow down brain activity. This leads to sleep-eating, sleep-driving, and sleep-shopping online without any memory of the event.
Chiropractic Approach: Check for subluxations at C1, C2, and C3. Review the patient's family history because sleep disorders are commonly run in family history.
* Research shows,people who consistently took sedatives, antidepressants, or antipsychotic drugs were more likely to develop a sleep disorder.
Lifestyle and home remedies for Insomnia
No matter what your age, insomnia usually is treatable. The key often lies in changes to your routine during the day and when you go to bed. These tips may help plus getting chiropractic care.
Stick to a sleep schedule. Keep your bedtime and wake time consistent from day to day, including on weekends.
Stay active. Regular activity helps promote a good night's sleep. Schedule exercise at least a few hours before bedtime and avoid stimulating activities before bedtime.
Check your medications. If you take medications regularly, check with your doctor to see if they may be contributing to your insomnia. Also check the labels of OTC products to see if they contain caffeine or other stimulants, such as pseudoephedrine.
Avoid or limit naps. Naps can make it harder to fall asleep at night. If you can't get by without one, try to limit a nap to no more than 30 minutes and don't nap after 3 p.m.
Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol and don't use nicotine. All of these can make it harder to sleep, and effects can last for several hours.
Don't put up with pain. If a painful condition bothers you, talk to your doctor about options for pain relievers that are effective enough to control pain while you're sleeping.
Avoid large meals and beverages before bed. A light snack is fine and may help avoid heartburn. Drink less liquid before bedtime so that you won't have to urinate as often.
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