The vast majority of Americans are not getting enough sleep, and for many, even the act of falling asleep is difficult. Between busy lifestyles, family obligations, and sleep disorders, we frequently see patients who complain of brain fog, trouble falling asleep, insomnia, and more. It’s very common for adults in the U.S. to be chronically sleep deprived, but it’s important to remember that that’s not a given- there is help available, and it’s one of the most important functions of the body to have under control. There’s many factors that go into a good night’s sleep: a supportive mattress, proper pillows, air temperature, low stress levels, etc. So when issues like a low quality mattress, aches and pains, and a racing mind get in the way, sleep can become very elusive.
Sleep is an incredibly important part of daily functioning. It helps regulate your emotional wellbeing, leading to happier moods, less depression, and more even emotions throughout the day. Sleep also works with your cognitive behavior as well. Better sleep leads to better memory, better cognitive functioning, and a sharper mind. Sleep plays a part in physical wellbeing as well: it’s one of the most important factors in decreasing the chances of getting heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, and other illnesses. The act of sleep itself actually improves immune system functioning. So, all things considered, sleep plays an incredibly important role in the proper functioning and well being of our bodies. Thus, when we’re not getting good sleep, all of these functions are affected.
Some aspects of sleep are external things that can be improved upon, like mattress type and quality, pillow thickness, air temperature, etc, and our chiropractor can help you choose the best option for your needs in that area. However, if your issues are related to aches, neck pain, or insomnia, the solution will be a little more involved. We have found that one of the most common causes of insomnia is misalignment of the upper cervical spine, which causes chronic pain, inflammation in the body, poor communication between the nerves and the brain stem, and more. All of these symptoms of the subluxation in the spine can severely deteriorate sleep quality. Our chiropractors in Athens treat insomnia by addressing the root cause, which is frequently a misalignment of the spine. By improving the alignment of the spine, not only are we improving the chronic pain, but we’re also allowing the body to heal itself as it was intended to, but restoring proper communication between the nerves and the brain stem, and removing any disruptions or disturbances caused by the misalignment.
If you’re interested in learning more about our Athens chiropractor’s office, our treatment methods for insomnia, or scheduling an appointment, give us a call today! We’re located in Watkinsville, GA, just off 316. Call today!