Having trouble falling asleep at night or getting enough rest? You’re not alone- according to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million people in the United States struggle with some form of a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders such as insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep for extended periods of time) or sleep apnea (difficulty breathing while sleeping) can result in loss of deep rapid eye movement (REM) sleep necessary to feel alert and rested. Proper rest is a crucial component of healthy living, and chronic sleep deprivation causes a number of health problems like irritability, difficulty concentrating, constant fatigue, a weakened immune system, delayed reaction time, and memory problems.

Chronic Sleep Deprivation Is A Major Problem

Lack of sleep can be dangerous since it causes cognitive delay, making it risky to drive a car or work manual jobs. It can also impair your daily function, since it is difficult to go through your everyday tasks if you feel constantly unrested and fatigued. Sleep deprivation is cumulative, and long-term lack of sleep has an accumulative effect. This means that the negative effects of sleeplessness increase with every night you don’t get enough rest. Over time, sleep deprivation significantly raises the likelihood of many serious medical problems like seizures, stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, a weakened immune system, depression, diabetes, and anxiety. A lack of sleep often also impacts your day-to-day life, affecting your performance at school or work, judgment, athletic capability, and sex drive. 

Chiropractic Care Can Help You Sleep Better

Many patients come to us with serious sleep disorders seeking relief without having to resort to pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. The most commonly diagnosed sleep disorder is insomnia (difficulty falling and staying asleep). While insomnia may be due to a combination of factors such as unhealthy sleep habits, stress, psychiatric and medical conditions, substance use, etc. discomfort can significantly contribute to the condition. The National Sleep Foundation notes that “chronic neck and back pain are among the many medical conditions that cause insomnia.” Combined with therapeutic approaches and after consulting with your doctor, chiropractic care can effectively treat insomnia through targeted adjustments to realign the spine. Patients immediately feel relief from muscle tension and pain following subluxation adjustment. Research also suggests that subluxation adjustment may treat insomnia by balancing the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain.

Chiropractic care can also help with sleep apnea through addressing subluxations and misalignments in the neck and upper body that may restrict respiration or contribute to airway blockage. Dr. Gene Perkins uses innovative techniques to reduce tension, relax muscles, and induce proper breathing. 

A Holistic Way To Relieve Pain And Improve Sleep

If you think that you are suffering from insomnia and sleep diagnosis, consult with your doctor regarding sleep analysis for a proper diagnosis. You can incorporate regular chiropractic care in your sleep health treatment plan for an all-natural, drug-free way to reduce tension and improve rest. Rest assured- Dr. Gene Perkins will realign your body and help restore your body’s natural rhythms for optimal function. Call Coastal Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today!