Chiropractic Care for a Good Night's Sleep
If you find it difficult to get the sleep you need, you aren’t alone. A whopping 50-70 million people in the United States have a sleep disorder, ranging from insomnia to sleep apnea. Rather than reaching for your nightly dose of a sleep aid, why not consider a longer-term solution that offers far more than a quick fix?
Here at Paragon Physical Medicine, we have a deep understanding of the influence that your musculoskeletal system has over your entire health and wellbeing, including your sleep patterns. Through comprehensive chiropractic care, we’ve helped many of our patients in Wooster, Ohio, overcome sleep issues, helping them get the restorative rest they need.
The importance of sleep
Before we get into how we can help you sleep, it might be helpful to underscore just how important sleep is for your mental and physical health. While you sleep, your conscious brain turns off, which means your body is free to do a little work on its own. When you reach a deep sleep, your breathing slows, and your blood pressure lowers, giving your cardiovascular and pulmonary system a much-needed daily respite.
At the same time, your body directs more blood to your muscles, and your tissue repairs and regenerates itself. To help out, your body releases special growth hormones while you’re in your deepest phase of sleep.
Though you might think that your brain is taking this time to rest, too, it’s actually busy at work sorting through the day’s information and cataloging it all into memories. If you’ve had bouts of sleep deprivation and found your recall was sluggish, it’s because your brain didn’t have the opportunity to convert the day’s information into longer-term memories.
The bottom line is that restorative sleep is crucial to your overall health and wellness, and masking your sleep problems with drugs only provides a temporary solution, and not a very good one at that.
Hitting the snooze button with chiropractic care
At the heart of good chiropractic care is aligning your spine so that your body’s systems flow more freely. Misalignments and blockages, which are called subluxations, along your spine, prevent or, at the very least, impede key resources from getting to where they need to go.
Through gentle spine manipulation using the most advanced techniques, we can realign your spine, relieving tension in your musculoskeletal system that may disrupt your sleep, while also allowing your circulation and immune system to move more freely. These adjustments also work to release trapped gas (oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide) in your joints to relieve the pressure inside. It’s this pressure that may have you tossing and turning at night, unable to get comfortable.
Our chiropractic care is aimed at reducing inflammation, releasing muscle tension, and decreasing nerve irritation, all of which help greatly in your ability to fall asleep, and stay asleep. In fact, one study found that one-third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment report an immediate improvement in their sleep.
A good night’s rest for everyone
One of the top causes of poor sleep is sleep apnea, a condition in which your airway becomes obstructed throughout the night, forcing you out of sleep each time. Because this type of sleep apnea involves the upper airways in your neck, cervical adjustments can help free up your airways if there’s a structural problem.
If you’d like to ditch the drugs and find a long-lasting solution to your sleep issues, give us a call to see how our chiropractic care can help. Or fill out the form on this website to request an appointment.
For expert chiropractic care, call or book an appointment online with Paragon Physical Medicine.