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Sleep Disorders

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Sleep Disorder Treatment

 

In today’s hectic and stressful lifestyle, having a sleep disorder is not an uncommon affair. While in most cases, such disorders are temporary and go off on their own, others stay for a long time and start affecting every aspect of your life.

Having difficulty falling asleep, restless nights, tossing and turning, not being able to maintain sleep, waking up frequently during the night, disruptive breath while sleeping, and snoring are some of the common symptoms of sleep disorders.

Thankfully, upper cervical chiropractic care has a solution to this problem too. This alternative treatment is being used by several people today who find it difficult to either fall asleep or stay asleep.

Learn About Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are conditions that change your sleeping patterns or prevent you from getting restful sleep. There are different causes for different types of sleep disorders. The most common factors are jet lag; psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression; respiratory problems, certain medications, genetics, chronic pain, alcohol, unhealthy lifestyle, and aging. Whatever be the cause, the result of any sleep disorder is that the body's natural sleep-wake cycle is disrupted.
More than 100 different types of sleep disorders have been identified by the experts, but the most common ones are Chronic Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and Narcolepsy.

In general, you have a sleep disorder if you’re experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms:

    • Difficulty falling asleep every night
    • Waking up frequently each night and then having trouble falling back to sleep
    • Waking up too early in the morning
    • Feeling sleepy during daytime
    • Snoring loudly during sleep or making choking sounds
    • Stopped breathing for short period during sleep
    • Jerking of arms and legs during sleep
    • Falling asleep while driving
    • Feeling tired or unrefreshed after sleep
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According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), sleep is one of the three key components of a healthy lifestyle along with nutrition and exercise. After a long tiring day, a sound sleep of 8-9 hours is what your body needs to repair itself and build up the energy for the next day.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body not only feels tired and sluggish, but it can also cause your cognitive function to decline. This can lead to memory impairment, poor decision-making, slow reaction times, and changes in behavior.

A sleep disorder can also be the primary reason for your other major health concerns, such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. It is also known to exacerbate mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

Hence, it becomes really important to receive professional medical advice and treatment right away if you feel you might have a sleep disorder. Since induced night sleep is not the same as natural sleep, more and more people are turning towards alternative treatment for sleep disorders, instead of drug therapies that are harmful to the body.

Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Treat Sleep Disorders?

Yes, many scientific studies confirm that upper cervical chiropractic is an effective treatment for inducing natural sleep in a person without any significant side effects. It is a non-invasive treatment approach that helps improve your sleep by improving brainstem functioning.

There are several factors that link the brainstem and sleeping. The brainstem supports the majority of your body’s involuntary functions, such as digestion, breathing, heartbeat, swallowing, and reflexes. It also supports the sleep process by slowing down your breathing, lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and releasing hormones that induce sleep. So, any problems with sleep can be linked to improper brainstem functioning.

Researchers have proven that your brainstem performance is influenced by your cervical spine alignment. The top vertebrae in the neck, called Atlas, surrounds and protects the brain stem. If atlas shifts and is out of place, it can put undue pressure on the brainstem and obstruct its optimal function. Thus, you may start developing various sleep disorders.

Upper cervical chiropractic corrects the misalignment in your upper neck to remove the pressure on your central nervous system and allow the nerve impulses to flow freely to the affected organs of the body. When the underlying cause of your sleeping disorder is addressed, you will be able to enjoy a restful sleep.

  • Reducing muscle tension that causes restlessness
  • Relieving pain and discomfort that might be causing a sleep disturbance 
  • Stimulating flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid 
  • Removing interferences in mind-body communication
  • Improving the function of the central nervous system 
  • Relaxing the body
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How Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia Treat Sleep Disorders?

Following an initial examination of your spine health using state-of-the-art diagnostic instruments, your chiropractor will make precise adjustments to correct the positioning of your upper cervical vertebrae. This will remove all distortions hindering the neurological pathway.

The procedure is entirely painless as it doesn’t involve any of the popping, cracking, pulling or twisting of the neck or spine that is associated with general chiropractic care.

At the end of adjustment, the chiropractor may also provide advice on postural exercises or a better sleeping position to help you sleep well.

What Types of Depression can Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia help with?

Upper cervical chiropractic care has proven to be a safe, effective, and gentle solution to all types of sleep disorders, including: 

Insomnia: It is the most common sleep disorder marked by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. It can be acute (lasting only over a short period), or chronic (lasting for three months or more). 

Restless Leg Syndrome: It is a sleep disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move legs, typically in the evening, making it difficult to fall asleep. It typically occurs while resting such as lying down in bed or sitting for prolonged periods. 

Sleep Apnea: It is a sleep disorder in which a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. It can lead to serious health problems, such as heart diseases and high blood pressure. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, in which the person can't breathe normally because of upper airway obstruction.

Narcolepsy: It is a sleep disorder that disrupts your ability to maintain sleep and wakefulness. People with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep. It can be caused by abnormal signaling or chemical imbalances in the brain.

Contact Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia and Finally get Some Rest

If you are looking for a drug-free, alternative treatment for a sleep disorder, upper cervical chiropractic care may be what you need. To learn more about this specialized treatment and how it can resolve your sleeping problems, visit our treatment facility in Dacula, Georgia or contact us.

Let our trained and experienced chiropractor find you a possible long-term solution for your sleep problems.

 

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