A good night’s sleep refreshes your mind and body so you’re ready to take on whatever the day will bring. But if you’re not getting enough sleep, or if your sleep is restless and interrupted, all kinds of problems can result. The good news is that chiropractic care may be able to help you sleep better at night.
Sleep Better at Night to Improve your Health
As doctors learn more about sleep disorders, we discover ways that sleep mends both our bodies and our brains. Insomnia—difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep—affects more than half of U.S. citizens.
If you’ve ever had a restless night, it won’t surprise you to learn that poor sleep causes car accidents and workplace accidents. Lack of sleep means you’re less alert, have trouble concentrating and learning, and it affects your memory. Chronic sleep loss increases risk for such diseases as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Worst of all, lack of sleep reduces your sex drive and can even lower testosterone levels!
Some of the health effects of not sleeping well are related to cortisol levels. Cortisol, the stress hormone, delivers a health punch when levels stay high. It weakens the immune system, reduces bone density and muscle mass, leads to fat deposits in the abdomen, and causes trouble with the thyroid gland. These problems can result in health problems and back pain.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Sleep Better at Night
Regular chiropractic care can help you sleep better at night in two ways: by solving problems that cause insomnia, and by helping you relax.
See your chiropractor for help with health problems such as:
- Back pain
- Breathing problems
- Restless leg syndrome
Regular wellness adjustments can really improve your sleep. Your chiropractor will help you find the cause of your sleep problems and correct it, leading to a better night’s sleep.
Chiropractic care can also help you relax, making it easier to get a good night’s sleep. Wellness adjustments can correct misalignments and subluxations that compress nerves and cause stress. Adjustments increase blood flow in the nervous system, improving communication with your brain and encouraging relaxation. A relaxed body leads to better sleep.
Help Your Body Learn to Sleep Better
You can encourage good sleep habits by taking good care of your body, resisting unhealthy lifestyle choices and substituting healthy ones.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol
- Exercise regularly
- Eat dinner early, before 6 p.m.
- Avoid computer and TV screens before bed
- Establish a bedtime routine
Avoid sleep medication if you can. These pills often don’t help and they have side effects, including dependence so you can’t sleep without them. Chiropractic care is much safer than medicine.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, call King Chiropractic at (910) 777-7228. We can help solve problems that may be affecting your sleep, and our chiropractic care can also help you relax so you get a restful night’s sleep. To sleep better at night, schedule an appointment today with King Chiropractic, Wilmington’s favorite chiropractic care center.