Trouble Sleeping? Visit a Chiropractor!
It’s estimated that there are more than 70 different types of trouble sleeping disorders recognized within the medical community. From insomnia to Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), sleep apnea to Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), these disorders either prevent people from falling asleep or don’t allow them to achieve restful, restorative sleep. As a result, when the sun rises again, sufferers of sleep disorders are left feeling groggy, unrested, and lagged.
For most city dwellers who can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep in San Francisco, it’s easy to blame noisy neighbors, raucous traffic, or just about anything else. Often, people become so frustrated with their inability to get restful sleep that they resort to medication to send them off to dreamland. But, if you’ve ever taken a sleep aid such as Zolpidem (Ambien) or Temazepam (Restoril), you know that they can leave you just as groggy when you awake.
If you haven’t had a good night’s sleep in weeks and are at your wits end, tired of staring at the ceiling in the wee hours of the morning, it might be time to try a different approach.
Righting the ship to sleep
Your sleep patterns are determined by an internal body process called a Circadian Rhythm. This process coincides with your body’s internal clock to regulate important body functions, such as telling you when you’re tired. It’s also the process that’s responsible for waking you up every morning, after you’ve gotten a solid eight hours.
The problem with many sleep disorder sufferers is twofold: the have a condition that affects their circadian rhythm, throwing it off balance and making it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep. Until the underlying problem is addressed the body’s natural process cannot be restored, and until the circadian rhythm is reset, restful sleep cannot be achieved.
Corrective chiropractic care
The good news for most people is that a majority of sleep disorders can be traced back to the spine in some way or another. Pinched nerves could be the source of RLS, slipped or herniated discs could be causing insomnia via pain, and improper spinal curvature may be the reason for different types of sleep apnea, for example.
Tracing these conditions back to the spine can yield insight into how corrective spinal care may help alleviate or even completely resolve your sleeping woes!
Utilizing a method called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), chiropractors can assess the sleeping troubles of individual patients, take diagnostic images of their spine, and work to connect the two via parallels in a person’s condition versus what’s shown on the images. For example, finding a herniated disc in the sacral spine could shed insight into compression and blocked nerves that cause RLS!
When sleep disorders and spinal misalignments coincide, the path to relief (and eventually sleep) comes with corrective chiropractic care. Reopening nerve pathways, realigning vertebrae, correcting spinal curvature, and decompressing the spine based on the needs deduced by CBP means working to fix a person’s sleeping troubles in a more purposeful way.
If you’re walking around the city streets in a fog because your sleep the night before was lackluster at best, it might be time to schedule an appointment at Posture Works in San Francisco. Utilizing the complete CBP approach to evaluating your spine, we’ll work with you to try to uncover the path to a more restful night’s sleep.
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.