By Dr. Brian Chinn
If it’s been a while, you’re not alone. The American Sleep Association estimates that somewhere between 50-70 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder. The occasional poor night’s sleep probably won’t interfere too much with daily living. However, many people suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, and that’s where you might be surprised to hear that chiropractic care can help. First, let’s take a look at the negative effects of chronic sleep deprivation.
There are a number of mental and physical health problems that come from poor sleep. The following issues have been associated with sleep deprivation:
If the problem persists, and you are not able to get good sleep on a regular basis. Then sleep deprivation can lead to increased risk of more serious illness, such as:
Hopefully that sheds some light on how incredibly important it is to get a good night’s sleep! And not just every once in a while, but consistently. Some people might try a new pillow or mattress to fix their sleep troubles. Others might try changing up their diet and incorporate a new exercise routine into their day. All of these things are important to address, but let’s take a look at another incredibly impactful way to improve your sleep.
Although chiropractic treatment is most commonly associated with low back pain or other musculoskeletal pain, it has also been scientifically proven to help with sleep. A chiropractic adjustment works by restoring the healthy function of a joint complex. When that happens, your body will respond in such a way that also eases muscle tension, promoting relaxation. By improving joint function and relieving tension, the body will respond with a decrease in associated pain. For many people, this is enough to begin getting a good night’s sleep.
There are many other benefits to receiving a chiropractic adjustment that can also help with sleep, including:
Chiropractic adjustments also trigger a positive release of endorphins, which are your body’s natural group of hormones that help to reduce pain.
If you are suffering from sleep deprivation and would like to be evaluated, please contact our team and we will be happy to schedule you for a thorough consultation and exam.
Thanks and happy sleeping!
Brian Chinn, DC, MFM
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