Has getting to sleep become a source of stress for you? Do you find yourself tossing and turning night after night as you silently count down how many hours of sleep you could get if you could only fall asleep right now? Do you repeat that same sentence to yourself hour after hour while the clock ticks on? Do you find yourself beginning to dread your nightly trek into the bedroom because you fear another restless night of frustration?
Insomnia is a major problem among adults in the United States. Approximately 60 million American adults report that they struggle with insomnia ranging from brief and temporary to chronic. It’s especially common in those who work the night shift. That’s because staying up overnight can have a negative impact on the body’s natural circadian cycle, which can leave your body confused about when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to wake up.
Believe it or not, chiropractic care may be the answer for many such insomniacs. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics followed 221 patients with sleeping difficulties. After receiving an adjustment, one-third of the group reported that their sleep pattern changed immediately after only one treatment. While a long term study is needed to definitively recognize the benefits of chiropractic care, this information is extremely positive for those who are searching out a safe and conservative way to manage insomnia.
Tips for Restless Sleepers
Don’t get caught in the sleeping pill trap. Insomnia can frequently be managed through lifestyle changes and setting a regular schedule. If you spend your weekends catching up on sleep or go to bed with your tablet or smart phone, you may want to consider making the bedroom a “no technology” zone. Studies have shown that the artificial lights that electronic devices produce can disturb circadian rhythms. You should also consider setting a regular schedule for going to sleep and waking up, as even a small change in your sleeping schedule can have a profound effect. If that doesn’t work, the following tips may be helpful:
- Avoid caffeine after 3:00 p.m.
- Give up alcohol until you can get your sleep pattern organized.
- Perform some type of cardiovascular exercise early in the day.
- Listen to soft, soothing music.
- Make your bedroom sleep-friendly. Keep it cool, dark and well ventilated.
- Take a warm bath to relax.
- Develop a bedtime routine that you perform right before sleeping.
Sleeping problems are no fun, but they can be managed with a little thought and the help of your chiropractic team. Regular adjustments with your chiropractor will keep your body functioning properly so you can get the rest that you need. Contact your chiropractic team today and start enjoying a more relaxing sleep right away.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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