Sleep is very important for the overall wellbeing of a person. Sleep helps the body and the brain to function properly. There are at least 70 different types of sleep disorders that lead to insomnia. When you have insomnia, you find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Approximately 60 percent of the population in the country suffer from insomnia; that is a lot of people not getting a good night’s sleep. Insomnia doesn’t just mean a lot more tired individuals walking around, but it is also the reason behind many car accidents and other work related accidents. So saying sleep is important is an understatement!
Studies state that when the body’s central circadian rhythms are disturbed, it results in increased levels of cortisol aka the stress hormone. When the cortisol levels remain high for a prolonged period, it reduces the density of the bones and the muscle mass, weakens the immune system, accumulates fat in the abdomen area, and impacts the functioning of the thyroid gland. All of these lead to poor health and back pain! Sometimes insomnia can also lead to mental disorders.
Although there are many medications available in the market, those that claim to solve the sleep disorders do not help to any great extent. These pills cause side effects and can also lead to cancer and heart attacks if used for too long. To have a peaceful sleep, you need to treat the actual cause of the problem from its roots. A good chiropractor will investigate the actual cause of the problem in depth and correct it.
Chiropractic care and wellness adjustments will help you to relax. It also improves the blood flow in the nervous system and corrects any misalignments, or sublaxations in the spine. These subluxations compress the nerves and cause lack of communication between the spine and the brain. These subluxations lead to a process called stress response which puts the body out of balance and do not let the body rest. A well trained chiropractor will adjust these subluxations with safe and careful techniques to get your body to function normally.
Along with chiropractic care, insomnia and sleep issues can be improved with significant changes in your lifestyle. The changes include the following:
- Limited intake of caffeine
- Eating dinner before six in the evening
- Avoiding television and computer time an hour before bed
- Staying active by doing regular exercises (not too close to bedtime)
- Avoiding excess alcohol
- Investing in a good supportive mattress and pillow that support your spine
- And most importantly setting a daily routine
Regular chiropractic care can address and solve several problems that may be causing sleepless nights, such as back pain, breathing problems, and restless leg syndrome. Many people have felt that their sleep has improved after getting regular wellness adjustments. Regular chiropractic care can improve the symptoms and conditions of insomnia patients and helps them sleep better thus improving the quality of their day to day life. Plus, chiropractic care is much safer than most prescription sleep aids.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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