Our bodies require regular long periods of sleep to restore and rejuvenate all processes within the body. Sleep also helps us grow and develop, repair tissues, synthesize and regulate hormones, and strengthen immunity. When people don’t get enough good quality sleep, they struggle with concentration, memory, attention, productivity, emotional and behavioral stability, and ability to fight disease.
Many adults and children struggle with getting enough sleep and making sure those hours are good quality sleep. As chiropractors, we can assess a few different components that can improve these patterns to allow the body its healthy sleep cycle.
Chiropractors can assess the body’s musculoskeletal system to address any mechanical issues that may be interrupting sleep. When the spine is out of alignment, also known as a subluxation, stress is put on different areas of the body which can lead to muscle tension and nerve inflammation. This doesn’t allow the body to fully relax and as a result, we can wake up feeling tired, restless, and uncomfortable.
When the spinal segments that sit directly below the base of the skull become out of alignment, our brain chemistry can be negatively effected. The brain is what manufactures the hormones that help us fall asleep and control healthy sleep patterns. When the nerves between the brain and the very top of the spinal cord are disrupted, the release of these important sleep hormones are disrupted as well.
With the help of chiropractic care, chiropractors can correct these misalignments with simple adjustments for both you and your children. We can give recommendations for proper sleeping positions, your mattress, and proper pillows to prevent subluxations from continuously reoccurring.