Dr. Samantha Coleman, D.C. – Owner/Chiropractic Physician
Do you get a good night’s sleep and wake refreshed and ready to tackle your day? No? You’re not alone!
Sleep is just as important to our health as watching what we eat or getting enough exercise, yet a staggering number of Americans report being sleep deprived.
Polls and studies conducted by The Sleep in America linked sleep deficits with car accidents, relationship problems and poor work performance. It also increases health risks including heart disease, diabetes and obesity. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 40 million Americans have a chronic sleep disorder.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to fix insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep problems, so that you can feel well rested and conquer your day? The good news is that Chiropractic care could be your answer.
Get Better Sleep with Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care and rehabilitation can help you sleep better. Studies have shown that spinal misalignment is linked to sleep problems, and when corrected by Chiropractic care, you can get back normal, healthy sleeping habits. People of all ages are challenged by sleep. Two studies of children, a three-year-old and 12-month old boy, showed radical improvement in sleep behavior after Chiropractic adjustments.
Sleep Apnea and Chiropractic Care
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which airflow while sleeping pauses or lessens due to a narrow or blocked airway. According to studies published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) were resolved with Chiropractic care. Studies indicate that those with neck trauma and neck kyphosis, or curvature of the neck can cause sleep apnea. Obesity is also a leading reason for neck kyphosis. Chiropractors can treat neck kyphosis through a specific combination of spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercises and rehabilitation specific to your spinal structures.
Insomnia and Chiropractic Care
Lying in bed awake all night long can be maddening when your body is sleep deprived. While insomnia treatments may seem costly and elusive, Chiropractic care could help your insomnia. Several studies have shown improved sleeping habits when those with insomnia are under the care of a chiropractor. More research still needs to be conducted in this area, but so far there has been a positive correlation on Chiropractic care helping with insomnia.
Sleeping Positions, Pillows and Mattresses
When it comes to getting a good night’s rest without neck and back pain, sleep positions, pillows and mattresses all make a difference.
It has long been said that firm mattresses are best for back pain. The American Chiropractic Association suggests firm mattresses with one-and-a-half to two-inch padding. The extra layer of padding better adapts to the natural curvature of the spine, and therefore is better for backs than a firm mattress alone. If not using firm, consider moderately-firm.
Are you a back sleeper? Stomach sleeper? Side sleeper?
- If you are a back sleeper, you should prop a pillow beneath your head and another beneath your knees to help support the natural curve of your back.
- If you are a side sleeper, you should place a firm pillow under your head and another between your knees to support your hips and low back. A body pillow can also be helpful in side sleep positioning.
- Stomach sleeping is not the best sleep position for necks and backs but many people need to be on their stomach to fall asleep. Place a pillow underneath your hips to reduce stress on the lower back.
If you are having trouble sleeping, it’s probably affecting your day-to-day tasks. Chiropractic treatment may be able to help you get the sleep you need and have the health and energy you deserve. Find your best sleep position and go get adjusted to sleep well!
Dr. Samantha Coleman, D.C. is the Owner and Chiropractic Physician for ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Click here for more information about Dr. Coleman.
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