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Sleep Apnea: Insomnia And Better Sleep Through Chiropractic Care
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As many of us will know, there are plenty of ways the mind and body can intervene when it comes to sleep. Whether you suffer from stress, aches and pains or suffer from a specific sleep disorder, there are a whole number of ways sleep can be disrupted despite our good intentions.  Sleep deprivation is a widespread problem, especially in Britain, the 2011 sleep survey revealed a staggering 51.3% of Brits struggle to sleep.  Women are particularly prone to sleep issues, 75% of women report problems, compared to only 25% of men.

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What if we told you that a visit to a chiropractor could help you enjoy better sleep?  Chiropractic care can help reduce the effects of sleep disorders and reduce aches and pains that lead to a night of tossing and turning.

Here we take you through a few ways chiropractic care can efficiently target our nightmarish sleeping patterns:

Reduce pain

A staggering third of patients who experience chiropractic adjustments report immediate relief and improved sleep. Whether you suffer from minor back pain or painful bouts of sciatica type lumbago, chiropractic treatment targets the source of the pain by making proper adjustment to the spine. With the musculoskeletal structure in alignment, patients can expect function to improve and more restful sleep to follow. Importantly, chiropractic is a hands on therapy, where they aim to help the body to move or work better (encouraging better function).

By tackling pain, chiropractic can significantly improve quality of sleep by removing the kind of discomfort that can seriously disrupt time spent lying in bed. If you are unsure whether you’re getting enough quality sleep, more information can be found at http://backblog.co.uk/health-and-advice/sleep.

Sleep apnea

There are 3 types of sleep apnea: obstructive, mixed and central. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common, caused by extra throat tissue or tonsil blocking the airway. Breathing is interrupted as the walls of the throat close and narrow during sleep, restricting airflow. For short periods of time through the night suffered will stop breathing for short bursts of time throughout the night. This can lead to poor sleep, insomnia and fatigue. 

Common causes of constructive sleep apnea include excess curvature of the neck, known as neck kyphosis, neck trauma and obesity (a cause of neck kyphosis)

Chiropractors can carry out spinal adjustments to relax muscles and encourage proper breathing. They may also carry out soft tissue massages, and advise on breathing techniques to increase oxygen, and recommend lifestyle changes.

Insomnia

Insomnia is not uncommon, thought to affect a third of people in the UK. If you find it difficult to sleep, wake up and regularly stay awake for hours into the night, the chances are you may suffer from insomnia. While there are many reasons one might suffer from insomnia —such as stress, health problems or certain lifestyle factors – some experts believe that certain cases maybe caused or made worse by problems in the muscles or joints of the spine.

It is thought that these spinal muscle spasms and joint problems have some effect on the nerve impulses. The theory is that they cause unhealthy nerve impulses and affect the endocrine systems and it is this resulting imbalance in brain chemistry that causes the insomnia.

Its effect on sleep may worsen over time, eventually resulting in chronic insomnia. Patients with chronic insomnia suffer from impairment during the day, including poor cognitive skills, low mood impacting all areas of their life.

Targeting these spinal muscle spasms and joint problems can restore function and order to the spine. This could then help to rebalance levels of dopamine and serotonin which play important roles in the sleep wake cycle.

Chiropractic treatment often combines manual treatment (like massage or manipulation) with positive lifestyle changes including exercising more, and drinking less, can help those who suffer from insomnia enjoy better sleep and more pleasant day to day live.

Whether you struggle to doze off or suffer from debilitating insomnia chiropractic care can help you maintain overall health. If you are looking for chiropractic in the Eastbourne and Sussex area, why not try thi chiropractor www.chiropractic-eastbourne.co.uk today.

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