Yes, Chiropractic Can Help You Sleep Better!
Did you know that the National Sleep Foundation finds that roughly one-third of people who have had a recent Chiropractic adjustment report experiencing better sleep?
Sometimes your back or neck pain may be the reason why you can’t get a good dose of shut-eye. So if your Chiropractor is successful at helping you recover from such ailments, then yes, Chiropractic Care can help you sleep better. And you may not know it, but your D.C.’s adjustments and treatments may be setting up your nervous system for better rest too!
Causes of Poor Sleep
Before we tell you exactly how Chiropractic care can help you sleep better, it’s important to know what may cause you to sleep poorly. By doing so you’ll be off to the bed time races with a head start:
- Poor mattress and / or pillow
- Eating before bed
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Ingesting too much caffeine
- Using your computer or phone too much before bed
- Emotional stress from relationships, school, work, etc.
- A bodily injury or health condition
Stress is particularly good at causing a lack of sleep. Studies show that when there is an increase in your cortisol levels (stress hormone) due to a change in your natural twenty-four-hour cycle (circadian rhythm), it can affect muscle mass, bone density, weight loss / gain and your immune system to name a few.
It’s important to make sure you get a good and healthy sleep each and every night. Some people rely on over-the-counter sleeping pills to help, but this isn’t always a good thing especially you require it. Your body needs to have normal circadian rhythms to feel rested and be healthy in general, which is where Chiropractic care comes in.
Chiropractic Care & Sleeping Better
As musculoskeletal specialists, your Chiropractor can diagnose and treat issues related to your nervous system that also may be causing you all those restless nights.
Correcting misalignments (subluxations) through Chiropractic adjustments will release pressure on your nerves which restricts communication between your spine and the brain. The same goes for adjustments on extremity joints where nerve compression can result in decreased function of your muscles and soft tissues.
Chiropractors are also qualified to provide recommendations on how you can get a better sleep, such as:
- What sleep position is best
- What kind of pillow you should use for the best support
- What kind of mattress is best for your body
As a matter of fact, many Chiropractors partner with bedding companies who design pillows and mattresses that are specifically designed to help support your cervical and lumbar spine and ease neck and shoulder pain associated with sleeping.
Ask your Chiropractor for a pillow recommendation, and you shall receive!
A Word on Sleeping & Chiropractic Care….
Many patients have come to my office with sleep difficulties over the years. I have found there are a few certain things that always helps a large percentage of them rebalance their sleeping patterns.
We all know if you’re not sleeping very well at night, it’s very hard to function well during the day and enjoy life. This lack of sleep can lead to depression, anxiety, and adrenal exhaustion which can affect the physical body because your nervous system can become impaired.
Increased muscle tension because of increased weakness of ligaments and softening of cartilage can cause problems sleeping. This also creates imbalance and mis-alignments in our neck, jaw, upper and lower back causing tension that prevents people from getting a good night’s sleep.
Your stress hormone (cortisol) also can have an effect on your sleep. I typically will recommend several nutritional supplements to patients depending on the results of in-office testing to identify what will help calm their system down and improve sleep. These act to lower day-time cortisol levels.
Daytime diet and acid alkaline balance is also important in sleeping soundly. Make sure to not eat at least three hours before bed to give yourself the best chance of getting some good shut-eye.
Last off, seeing your Chiropractor regularly for maintenance check-ups once every two to four weeks is a great way to make sure you don’t have any misalignments and that your nervous system is functioning optimally.
Dr. John Battershill, Chiropractor, RHC
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