Difficulty falling asleep or insomnia is a common concern among both adults and children. The typical causes of insomnia are high levels of stress, excessive worry, anxiety, depression and use of certain medications. Proper sleep is crucial for good health, and vital for restoring mental acuity and maintaining a proper immune response. It also plays a major role in improving our ability to perform our everyday activities. Sleep deprivation is linked to problems with memory, thinking, concentration, mood and medical issues like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and dementia. The good news is that chiropractic care in Brooklyn can improve quality of sleep.
Symptoms and Effects of Insomnia
The key symptom of insomnia is inability to fall asleep. Other symptoms include waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, and feeling tired upon waking. According to sleepfoundation.org, 30 to 35% of adults have brief symptoms of insomnia, while 15 to 20% have a short-term insomnia disorder which lasts less than three months.
In children, lack of sleep can lead to a wide range of health issues, including attention deficit disorder, mood disturbances, and memory problems. Overall, sleep disorders contribute to absenteeism, poor job or school performance, and an increase in car and machine accidents.
Simple Tips to Improve Sleep
Here are some strategies to improve your sleep:
- Take steps to control stress
- Avoid pharmaceutical sleeping aids
- Limit caffeine intake
- Keep technology (laptop, mobile phone) away from the bed
- Pay attention to what you eat at bedtime
- Limit the carbohydrates
- Sleep in a dark room
- Get a spinal adjustment
It is important to avoid sleeping on your stomach as this position can stress the muscles and ligaments that hold the cervical spine together, and lead to back and neck problems.
Can a Chiropractor Really Help With Insomnia?
According to sleep.org, one-third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment report that they experience immediate sleep improvement. Correcting misalignment in the spine improves muscles imbalances, makes you more comfortable, and leads to a more beneficial night of sleep.
Along with diagnosing and correcting the spinal misalignment, a chiropractor will recommend proper sleeping positions, the number of hours of sleep you should get, and the type of mattress that is best for your spine. Your diet and nutritional supplementation will be reviewed to see how they may be affecting your sleep habits. If you have neck pain, using a cervical pillow may be recommended.
Chiropractic Therapy in Brooklyn is customized to address each patient’s specific concerns. If you have problems falling asleep, schedule a consultation at HealthQuest in Brooklyn, NYC.