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  • Writer's pictureTim St. Onge

How Chiropractic Helps You To Sleep Better

If you have ever gotten a poor night’s sleep, you know just how back you feel the next day. But do you know how not getting enough sleep on a regular basis affects your body’s functioning?

Not getting enough sleep can have significant negative effects on both physical and mental health.

Here are some of the effects of not getting enough sleep:

Impaired cognitive function: Lack of sleep can lead to impaired cognitive function, including decreased alertness, difficulty concentrating, and slower reaction times. This can affect daily activities such as driving and work performance.

Mood disturbances: Sleep deprivation can cause mood disturbances, including irritability, anxiety, and depression.

Increased risk of accidents: Sleep deprivation can increase the risk of accidents, such as car accidents, workplace accidents, and falls.

Weakened immune system: Lack of sleep can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

Cardiovascular problems: Chronic sleep deprivation can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Weight gain: Sleep deprivation can cause an increase in appetite and cravings for unhealthy foods, leading to weight gain.

Impaired glucose metabolism: Lack of sleep can affect glucose metabolism, leading to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Hormonal imbalances: Sleep deprivation can affect hormone production and regulation, leading to imbalances that can affect mood, appetite, and other bodily functions.

Overall, not getting enough sleep can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health, affecting daily activities and increasing the risk of chronic health problems. It is important to prioritize sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle.

But what if there are things that are hindering your sleep and more importantly . . . what if there was something that you could do about it?

Although chiropractic treatment primarily aims to relieve pain, it may also have beneficial effects on other aspects of health, including sleep.

Here are some ways in which chiropractic may improve sleep:

Reducing pain: Pain can interfere with sleep, making it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pain by realigning the spine and other joints, reducing pressure on nerves, and improving blood flow to affected areas.

Improving posture: Poor posture can also cause pain and discomfort, which can affect sleep. Chiropractic treatment can help improve posture by correcting spinal misalignments, strengthening muscles, and providing advice on ergonomic adjustments to improve the alignment of the body during sleep.

Reducing stress: Stress is a common cause of sleep disturbances. Chiropractic treatment can help reduce stress by improving the function of the nervous system, promoting relaxation, and reducing muscle tension.

Enhancing relaxation: Chiropractic treatment can help promote relaxation by releasing tension in the muscles and promoting better circulation throughout the body.

Addressing underlying health issues: Chiropractors may also help identify and address underlying health issues that can interfere with sleep, such as chronic pain, anxiety, or depression.

In addition to “my back feels better doc,” one of the most common things that I hear patients tell me is, “I am sleeping better than I have in a long time.”

Good, restful sleep is important. If you or someone that you care about is not getting quality, restful sleep, you might want to try a course of chiropractic care.

If so, I am here for you. Just give us a call at (417) 598-0080 and schedule an appointment.

God Bless,

Dr. Tim

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