Lack of sleep is something very common. However, sleep is critical to good health. Regular sleep keeps the heart healthy, helps in proper functioning of the nervous system and provides many other benefits. It has been reported that adult insomnia costs the United States almost 14 billion dollars a year.
Chronic sleep loss can weaken the immune system, resulting in more serious issues. The reason for sleeping difficulties may also be acute or chronic pain conditions such as back pain, headache, or neck pain. In kids, less sleep can result in attention deficit disorder, mood disturbances and memory problems. So what can be done to improve sleep?
Certain tips any one can consider to improve their sleep include:
- Consider ways to reduce stress, for instance, a simple breathing exercise
- Avoid pharmaceutical sleeping aids
- Limit caffeine intake
- Avoid naps in the day time
- Limit the use of technology (mobile phones, laptops) at bed
- Consider what you eat at bedtime
- Choose a dark and quiet sleep environment
Consultation with a Chiropractor Helps
Even after following such tips, if sleep deprivation is ongoing and negative symptoms occur, it is critical to consult a skilled chiropractor in your area. Chiropractic care as well as spinal adjustments can aid your nervous system to alleviate symptoms of insomnia. The right sleeping position also matters for a good night sleep.
The American Chiropractic Association recommends sleeping on your side or back. It has been recommended to avoid sleeping on stomach. By sleeping on the stomach, the full weight of the head pulls on the muscles and ligaments that hold the cervical spine together. Weight on the delicate neck structures can gradually lead to joint damage. Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. An experienced chiropractor will discuss the proper sleeping positions, the use of an approved cervical pillow and type of mattress that suits a particular spine as well as hours of rest required. They will also discuss how diet and nutritional supplementation may affect the sleeping habits.
For those considering chiropractic treatments in Brooklyn, HealthQuest provides the service of Dr. Nick Chiappetta. To benefit from the chiropractic care offered at the center, call 718-769-2521 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.