How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Sleep

How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Sleep

According to the American Sleep Association, about 50 to 70 million citizens suffer from sleep disorders. Any sleep condition can deprive you of the proper rest and energy that you need for the following day. Most people resort to immediate, yet short-term effects of taking over-the-counter sleeping pills. Others prefer the long-term benefits they get from chiropractic care. If you want to take the natural route as well, here’s what you need to know about how chiropractic care can help with sleep.


Spinal Adjustment and Soft Tissue Massage

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is common in the United States. Statistics show that at least 22 million Americans experience OSA. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in your throat and mouth relax as you sleep. The soft tissue tends to block your upper air passages. The blockage causes you to stop inhaling for 10 to 20 seconds at multiple instances during each hour of sleep. This length of time is enough to decrease your blood oxygenation. Your brain then wakes you up to restart your breathing cycle.

The International Chiropractors Association says that misalignments or subluxations from poor posture, sedentary living, or past injuries can cause breathing obstruction. Chiropractors can use spinal adjustments and soft tissue massage to promote correct breathing and relax muscles. They can also teach you some breathing exercises to strengthen your soft tissues and support your respiration.


HVLA and Subluxation Alignment

If you are struggling to get enough restful sleep, fall asleep, or stay asleep, then you are suffering from insomnia. Studies show that many people suffer from this common sleep disorder because of lifestyle, substance use, environmental factors, and psychiatric disorders. Discomfort and pain from medical conditions like chronic back and neck pain can also cause insomnia.

Chiropractors recognize the connection of insomnia to various subluxations. They can make specific adjustments to correct your spinal misalignments. One chiropractic technique that can also help is high-velocity, low-amplitude manipulation (HVLA). Another is subluxation adjustment, which can balance serotonin and dopamine levels in your brain.


The Right Sleeping Position

Chiropractic care providers also recommend the following sleeping positions for better sleep:

  • Sleep on your side. Do this with your knees bent, with pillows under your head, between your arms, and between your legs. This position aligns your head with your spine. It also enhances lower spine relaxation and reduces snoring.
  • Sleep on your back. According to chiropractors, this sleeping position is good for the proper alignment of the spine. You should avoid thick pillows under your head for this position. Thick pillows push the head forward, placing stress on your neck and back. Place a pillow under your knees and under the curve of your back to ensure correct spinal alignment. If you have disc problems, this may not be the sleeping position for you.

You need the right amount of quality sleep to recharge for the next day. At Mission Bay Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve restful sleep the natural way. Please visit our clinic in San Francisco, California, for a one-on-one consultation. You can call us at 415-855-4300 if you want to set an appointment or make inquiries about our chiropractic treatments for better sleep.

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