Talk to Your Chiropractor About Combating Snoring and Sleep Apnea
At least 40 million Americans experience regular sleep problems. This is a major health issue if untreated because sleep provides an important restorative function for the body. One of the more common problems is sleep apnea, which strikes regardless of age or gender. It’s a condition characterized by inconsistent breathing, resulting in a lack of restful sleep and causing a variety of health complications.
The common solution for treating sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. And while this proves effective for many people, it’s also a major inconvenience. CPAP machines need to be worn every night and taken with you whenever you intend on sleeping away from home. Thankfully, CPAP devices may not be the only solution to re-opening your airway to induce restful sleep.
Chiropractic treatment can also be effective in alleviating the catalysts associated with sleep apnea and other chronic sleep issues. The expert team at Posture Works in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA has seen numerous patients with spine troubles that disrupt their sleep. If you want more restorative sleep, the healing power of chiropractic may be right for you.
The root causes of sleep apnea
The most common form of apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This is a dangerous problem because it means the sleeper’s breathing is blocked and proper oxygenation of the brain is impeded. A lack of regular flow of oxygen to the brain can cause problems that go far beyond just snoring.
Long-term complications associated with sleep apnea include high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, weight gain, and memory loss. A number of symptoms indicate that you may be suffering from this condition, such as:
- Headaches or a sore throat upon waking;
- Loud snoring;
- Exhaustion during the day;
- Restless sleep.
Blocked airways can be attributed to several factors, including poor sleep position. Among the most consistent with apnea sufferers however, is spinal misalignment. Cervical subluxations in particular have been linked to breathing problems during sleep.
Focusing on the spine to address apnea
Sleep is connected to overall health. A lack of spinal stability can have a major negative impact on your ability to rest. When vertebrae are misaligned, the central nervous system goes into disorder because signals cannot be properly transferred from one part of the body to another. This results in a chain effect of problems, including sleep apnea. Even severe subluxations themselves can induce apnea, pushing on the windpipe in a way that obstructs airflow.
Chiropractic treatment focuses on spinal adjustments to correct subluxations (misalignments) in the spine. Whether it’s due to poor posture, injury, a sedentary lifestyle, or other factors, damaged vertebral discs result in pinched or compressed nerves, in tandem with misaligned vertebrae. Correcting these subluxations can restore nervous system function and positive sleeping patterns.
Developing long-term solutions
Apnea treated with a CPAP machine will still persist. The chiropractic approach works to absolve the condition completely, for a long-term approach to better sleep. A chiropractor will also discuss lifestyle changes to support restful sleep. Proper sleeping positions are an important discussion topic.
If you’ve been a snorer all your life or find yourself never seeming to get a good night’s sleep, apnea might be the problem. The team at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO will work with you to pinpoint and address spinal catalysts for apnea. Our goal is to leverage a thorough Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to help you get to the bottom of apnea-induced sleep issues. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.