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Chiropractic Care & Sleep: Can Chiropractic Care Improve Your Sleep Quality?

Quality sleep is essential as it directly impacts our physical and mental functioning, immune system resilience, energy levels, and susceptibility to chronic ailments. Despite its significance, many individuals face challenges in achieving restful sleep.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 3 American adults experience insufficient rest or sleep daily, with an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans living with chronic sleep disorders. The repercussions of inadequate sleep extend beyond physical and mental health decline, leading to increased risk of injuries and decreased productivity.

Chiropractic care offers a potential solution for those grappling with sleep difficulties. In this article, we delve into the factors affecting sleep quality and how chiropractors can help improve it.

Why Do People Have Trouble Sleeping?

Some individuals grapple with insomnia, a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep. Insomnia can manifest as an acute, chronic, or recurring condition with varying durations. 

Acute insomnia may persist from one night to several weeks, while chronic insomnia entails experiencing sleep disturbances at least three nights a week for three months or longer.

Several factors can trigger insomnia, including:

  • Stress stemming from significant life events
  • Environmental factors such as noise, light, or temperature
  • Irregular sleep patterns or poor sleep hygiene
  • Mental health conditions
  • Nocturnal pain or discomfort
  • Coexisting sleep disorders like sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome

Similarly, sleep deprivation shares some common causes with insomnia, such as stress and environmental factors. However, additional factors like demanding work schedules and social commitments can also contribute to sleep deprivation.

What Happens When You Lack Sleep?

Inadequate sleep has significant repercussions on both our physical and mental well-being.

Reduced sleep not only impairs alertness and attentiveness but also diminishes reaction times, logical reasoning capabilities, and the ability to perform cognitive tasks, such as comprehending complex sentences or executing basic math calculations. These cognitive deficits become apparent after just a short period of sleep deprivation.

Moreover, insufficient sleep can trigger microsleep episodes, brief and involuntary periods of sleepiness occurring at random intervals. This heightened propensity for microsleeps escalates the risk of vehicular accidents and errors in the workplace, leading to potential safety hazards and decreased productivity.

Chronic sleep deprivation is also associated with a myriad of health issues, including heightened inflammation levels, which can exacerbate various medical conditions and compromise overall health.

Can Chiropractic Care Help You Sleep Better?

Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to sleep deprivation. It addresses spine misalignments that affect nerve function, thus improving overall health. 

This treatment enhances the body’s ability to maintain a stable sleep-wake cycle, promoting better sleep quality. Research supports its effectiveness in improving sleep apnea and addressing musculoskeletal conditions contributing to chronic pain, facilitating restful sleep. 

Additionally, chiropractors target the root causes of inadequate sleep, addressing specific sleep disorders and chronic pain to enhance comfort during sleep.

How Do Chiropractors Address Poor Sleep Quality?

Chiropractors employ various methods to address poor sleep quality tailored to each patient’s needs. 

During your initial visit, a comprehensive spinal health evaluation is conducted to identify affected areas. Based on this assessment, the following approaches may be utilized to enhance your sleep quality:

Spinal Adjustments & Recommended Exercises

  • Chiropractic adjustments involve controlled force applied to the spine to restore alignment and promote better posture. This leads to muscle relaxation, improved blood flow, and the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals.
  • Specific stretches or exercises may be recommended to maintain spinal alignment and prevent recurring issues.

Examining Sleeping Posture & Positions

  • Your current sleeping position and posture are evaluated to determine if adjustments are necessary.
  • Recommendations include using pillows to support proper spinal alignment and comfort during sleep.

Dietary & Lifestyle Changes

  • Nutritional recommendations aim to reduce inflammation and promote relaxation, with an emphasis on anti-inflammatory diets rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins.
  • Exercise timing is considered, as exercising before bedtime can impact sleep quality due to increased adrenaline production.
  • Stress management techniques such as mindfulness and relaxation exercises are suggested to alleviate stress and promote relaxation for better sleep.

Consider Chiropractic Care for Improved Sleep

Addressing inadequate sleep is vital for overall health, as sleep deprivation can lead to various health issues, including musculoskeletal injuries and discomfort. Chiropractic care offers personalized solutions to target the root causes of poor sleep, enhancing sleep quality and overall well-being.

For further insights on how chiropractic care supports health and wellness, visit the LifeClinic blog today.

Dr. Reza Alizadeh

Dr. Reza is the visionary behind LifeClinic. His leadership is the foundation for the patient and team member experience, and overall direction of the LifeClinic. As the creator of IMJT, Dr. Reza continues to be the primary teacher on this technique.

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