Improving Sleep Disorders With Chiropractic Care
How to Get a Better Night's Rest
Do you struggle to fall asleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning? As many as 70 million Americans suffer from sleep-related disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That number skews significantly higher with the addition of the number of people suffering from chronic pain and diseases that impact sleep quality. Many of these people rely on pharmaceutical remedies despite the potential for negative side effects. However, there are other options. Numerous studies have indicated that chiropractic care can have a positive impact on sleep quality.
In 2015, according to Consumer Reports, Americans spent approximately $41 billion trying to obtain a better quality of sleep. In February 2017, Sleep Review, The Journal for Sleep Specialists reported a projected annual rate of increase in the segment of the pharmaceutical industry focused on insomnia treatment of 4.6 percent through 2021. Yet, despite all of this spending, sleep aids, while they may treat the immediate symptom, often fail to address the true cause of a sleep issue or disorder. Below are some of the reasons that you should seek a chiropractor to help improve your sleep health.
What Are The Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment on Sleep Disorders?
- Chiropractic care takes a different approach, working toward a real solution to sleep disorders by addressing the cause. When sleep disorders are related to chronic pain, chiropractic treatment focusing on relieving that pain can be a very effective means of increasing overall sleep quality and reducing dependence on pain medications that can themselves have a negative impact on sleep quality.
- Seeing a chiropractor when pain is a factor, but not the primary cause of a sleep disorder, also can be valuable. By alleviating physical pain through chiropractic care, one or more factors contributing to the severity of a sleep disorder can be reduced or eliminated. That can increase the effectiveness of existing sleep disorder treatment by decreasing the barriers to falling asleep and staying asleep.
- Combining chiropractic care with cognitive therapies for sleep disorders can help to significantly reduce the need to rely on pharmaceuticals for a good night's sleep. By helping to eliminate as many barriers as possible to achieving a high quality of restful sleep, chiropractic treatment plays a valuable role in complementary care for insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Why Using Pharmaceuticals to Combat Sleep Disorders Comes With Risks
Prescription and over-the-counter sleep aid medications tend to focus on the symptoms of a sleeping disorder, rather than the cause. That isn't really helpful for the long-term, not when you consider the potential side effects of those medications. Some sleep medications have a negative impact on digestive and bowel functions, resulting in:
Other sleep medicines can affect breathing and can be very dangerous to those with asthma or other breathing disorders. Sleeping pill users can experience slowed cognitive functioning the day after using medications. Still, other sleep medicines are addictive and have a very real risk of overdose and death. Long-term sleeping pill use can even contribute to sleeping problems by decreasing a person's ability to fall asleep and stay asleep naturally.
Chiropractic care can provide safer options for successfully dealing with sleep disorders, which don't come with dangerous side effects or threats to overall health and well-being. Are experiencing difficulty sleeping? It might be time to ask your physician for a chiropractic recommendation. The goal of the chiropractic approach to sleep disorders is to provide a lasting solution by addressing not just the symptoms of a sleep disorder, but also the root cause.
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-Dr. Ryan Curda
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