If you’re suffering from a bout of sleepless nights, you’re not alone; the vast majority of adults will experience insomnia at some point in their lives, although only about 10% of Americans struggle with chronic insomnia.
What you probably did NOT know, is that spinal mis-alignments (subluxations) seem to act as a form of chronic nervous system irritation, often initially painless, which Chiropractors often find disturbs sleep for weeks or months!
What is insomnia?
Quite simply, insomnia involves a difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. So if you regularly find yourself tossing and turning in the wee hours of the night, insomnia is likely to blame. A sleepless night here or there is normal, but if you find yourself going a week or more without a full night’s sleep, and if it’s affecting your health and concentration, it’s time to seek professional help.
What are the symptoms of insomnia?
Not getting enough sleep at night can cause more daytime problems than you might be aware of. Insomnia of any length of time, but particularly episodes lasting several days or weeks, can lead to:
- Trouble remembering details, from mundane to important
- An inability to concentrate on the task at hand
- Decreased coordination
- Irritability and moodiness
- Increased likelihood of a car accident, often due to falling asleep at the wheel
What causes insomnia?
Certain factors can actually help trigger bouts of insomnia, such as high levels of stress that can bring on short-term insomnia (which, if left untreated, can lead to chronic insomnia, so it’s best to act quickly before it becomes a lasting problem!). While people of all ages can experience insomnia, instances tend to get worse with age. People with alcohol addictions and mental health problems commonly suffer insomnia, as do members of low-income families.
How Chiropractic Care Can Alleviate Your Sleep Problems
While too many patients don’t tell us about sleep disorders before their sessions, many report improved sleep even after being treated for conditions unrelated to insomnia, so imagine the relief you can feel if you report your sleeplessness to us!
Chiropractic may help you improve sleep by:
- Opening up the airways so you breathe better at night.
- By Decreases in pain and restlessness for those suffering an illness that keeps you up at night.
- Improved body mechanics, which leads to improve overall functioning of the brain pathways that control sleep.
We can help identify the severity of your insomnia and determine the treatment plan that is just right for you. If you need a sleep study, need to see an ENT or an RT, we’ll help with that too!
Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule an evaluation!