Do you experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, are you looking for an insomnia treatment in the East Village area? Then read on if you also experience any of the following symptoms: fatigue, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, or decreased work/school performance? If you said yes to both questions, then you may suffer from insomnia.
Insomnia and poor sleep quality is a common condition. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 48% of North Americans experience insomnia occasionally, while 22% experience insomnia nightly. Lack of sleep and/or poor quality sleep can have detrimental effects on energy, physical performance, emotional wellness, mental acuity, immunity, and digestion.
At Our Hastings Chiropractic Clinic, our practice members often report improved sleeping quality as one of the unexpected effects of chiropractic care. This is a common report among practice members ranging in age from infants to seniors. Improved sleep benefits not only the practice member, but also their relationship with their loved ones. When I share this finding with other people, they often ask the question, “What does sleep have to do with your back?”
To answer this question, we must keep in mind that the spine and skull protects the spinal cord and brain (the central nervous system). When spine is properly aligned, the nervous system functions optimally and appropriately balances the body’s fight or flight (sympathetic) and rest and digest (parasympathetic) functions. Sympathetic and parasympathetic functioning is inversely related, meaning that as one state increases, the other decreases.
Sleep is a parasympathetic function that can diminish when the spine is misaligned (or subluxated) from birth, traumas, chronic poor postures, repetitive motions, toxins, or mental/emotional stress. At the same time, sympathetic functioning increases. Manifestations of sympathetic/parasympathetic imbalance can include poor sleep, reduced immunity, problematic digestion, decreased growth, and even pain.
The chiropractic adjustment optimizes the spine’s functioning thereby re-balancing the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic functioning. It is for this reason that a person who initially comes in for pain will report changes to sleep and ability to relax, in addition to experiencing relief for their original complaint, after being under care for some time.
If the insomnia or the quality of your sleep is preventing you from functioning at your best and you would like to find out how chiropractic can support you, schedule an initial evaluation today by calling 604-255-8123.