Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you awake in the morning and not feel rested? Do you wake up repeatedly at night? Do you drag through your day because of your sleep difficulties?
Sleep problems are actually very common. It has been estimated that up to 40% of the population has a sleep disorder which turns out to be a significant cause of illness in our society. A recent study showed that chronic sleep loss interferes with immune system function leaving an individual susceptible to many illnesses.
In my years of clinical practice I have encountered many patients with various sleep disorders. I also experienced irregular sleep which affected my health when I did shift work as a police officer as well as in the months following the birth of my twin boys!
For some people sleep issues are related to pain, stiffness and nerve interference stemming from spinal problems. It is very difficult to get a proper night’s sleep when you are continually awoken by pain and discomfort. When your spine and nerve problems are corrected with chiropractic care sleep is often improved as your body feels and functions better. Improved sleep means that your body’s self-healing and rebuilding activities will return back to normal which will lower your risk for sleep related illnesses. I also use some specific techniques in my office with patients who are having sleep difficulties due to stress or anxiety. These techniques have been very successful in helping my patients overcome their sleep troubles and improve their quality of life.
If you are experiencing a sleep disorder or have pain and stiffness interfering with your quantity and quality of sleep, the first step you may want to consider is a chiropractic spinal exam. Chiropractic care may be just the thing to help you get back to restful sleep, healing and improved quality of life!