Sleep disorders and chiropractic care
posted: Oct. 07, 2022.
When you don’t get enough sleep, it can affect your life negatively. A lack of proper sleep can result in irritability, increased stress, and a weakened immune system. Sleep issues can lead to depression and make you hypersensitive to pain.
You might seek prescription medication to get the rest you need to function. Sedatives or short-acting benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed. But these drugs have many side effects, including next-day drowsiness, flu-like symptoms, and memory loss.
The sedatives Lunesta and Ambien slow down your brain activity. This can sometimes lead to dangerous complications like sleep-eating, sleep-driving, and sleep-shopping online without any memory of the event.
Sleep disorders are often a secondary symptom of a primary problem stemming from prescription drug use like anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs.
But there is a better way to get a good night’s sleep. One that doesn’t involve creating additional health problems. With a couple of lifestyle adjustments and a visit to your chiropractor, you’ll naturally get a better night’s sleep.
Turn off electronics
One of the most powerful ways to set yourself up for a good night’s sleep is by turning off your screens. Powering down your electronics and reading a book can help prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. Research shows screens disturb your body’s natural circadian rhythms. Background noise like music and television also adversely affects sleep. Minimizing background noise will help your brain get more rest.
One of the best positions for spinal alignment is on your side, with your head supported, shoulders centered, and a pillow between your legs. This reduces the pressure on your neck, lower back, hips, and legs, which leads to a more restful night of sleep.
If you don’t suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, lying on your back is also a great option.
Get an adjustment
We hear from countless patients that they get a better night’s sleep after getting an adjustment.
Chiropractic care can increase your spinal range of motion, decrease inflammation, and even reduce the pressure on the delicate nerves exiting your spinal column – all of which will make it much easier to get a comfortable, uninterrupted night of sleep.
Chiropractic care can also help with other sleep inhibitors like stress and acid reflux.
If you’re suffering from a night of rest that isn’t restful, call us today! We’ll help you find natural relief without the additional complications of prescription medications. (503) 574-4872