Sleep issues can range from difficulty staying asleep to more severe sleep disorders like sleep apnea. If you constantly toss and turn at night and are looking for a solution, you might ask, “Can chiropractic care help me sleep?” The answer is a resounding yes!
Sleep is crucial to the health and wellness of everybody. Working on less sleep than you need can lead to stress and can cause potential health hazards depending on your job. An estimated 50 million to 70 million Americans have some sleep-related problem. At the same time, 70% of Americans report having trouble sleeping at least once a month.
How Does Chiropractic Care Improve Sleep?
Chiropractic care improves sleep and overall health in the following ways.
Chiropractic care can improve your sleep in numerous ways. One of the primary benefits is its ability to alleviate tension in your body. An inability to relax and fall asleep often traces back to tension from a stressful job, a physically demanding schedule, or constant stressors. This tension can inhibit sleep quality, leading to insomnia or restless nights. Regular chiropractic adjustments help relieve this tension, allowing your body to relax and paving the way for a more restful sleep.
Helps With Sleep Apnea
Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. It causes brief pauses in breathing during sleep, resulting in interrupted sleep as your body resumes breathing. This condition leads to sleep deprivation and has potential side effects, such as an increased risk of heart problems.
However, chiropractic care can help manage sleep apnea by realigning the body and reducing tension that may contribute to airway blockages. Chiropractic adjustments help remove nerve interference that could be causing your sleep apnea. Additionally, with guidance on proper breathing techniques and exercises to strengthen the muscles around your airway, you can see a significant improvement in your sleep apnea symptoms.
Struggling with back pain, whether chronic or intermittent, can make sleep feel like a distant dream. Many people suffering from sleep deprivation often have underlying issues like migraines, muscle tension, or joint pain contributing to their lack of sleep. These aches and pains can be reduced or completely eliminated through chiropractic care, improving sleep at night. Chiropractic adjustments improve nervous system function, which can significantly reduce the intensity of pain and discomfort that keeps you awake at night.
Temporary Sleep Issues
For those of you who may only be dealing with short-term sleeping issues due to pregnancy, or other life changes, we can help you too! Chiropractic care can help ease your transitions in pregnancy, allowing you to sleep better. Normal discomforts like round ligament pain or pubic symphysis don’t have to keep you up at night.
Tips for Enhancing Sleep Position and Posture
One often overlooked aspect of sleep quality is correct sleep position and posture. How you position your body when you sleep can significantly affect the quality of your sleep and, subsequently, your overall health. Incorrect posture can lead to spinal misalignment, chronic pain, and sleep disorders, resulting in an inability to stay asleep.
Chiropractic care comes into play by providing individualized advice and counsel regarding improving your sleep posture. By targeting the root of the issue, chiropractors help adjust your spine to its natural curvature, enhancing your sleep quality. Depending on your specific needs, they suggest suitable sleeping positions to prevent unnecessary stress on your spine. For example, sleeping on your back with a pillow to support the natural curve of your spine is often recommended to maintain spinal health.
In addition, chiropractors can provide exercises and stretches to strengthen your back and core muscles, leading to better support for your spine even when you’re asleep. They can also recommend appropriate pillows and mattresses that support your spinal health, further helping to improve your sleep.
No matter your ailment, chiropractic care can help you attain better health by supporting your body throughout the healing process. Whether you have suffered a recent injury or are dealing with chronic pain, supporting your body’s innate ability to heal is the right decision.
At Better Day Chiropractic, we’re dedicated to serving you throughout your pregnancy and postpartum recovery. We also offer sports, family, and pediatric chiropractic care. If you are located in Charlotte or the surrounding areas, reach out to us today.