Palm Beach Health Center

July 20, 2022

Get Better Sleep Naturally

Between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep issue. If you happen to be one of the millions experiencing sleep deprivation, your general health and well-being may be negatively impacted.

Everyone has occasional trouble sleeping for any number of reasons, such as experiencing soreness or pain, having a new baby at home, or even simply being nervous about an upcoming event. But chronic sleep issues, while common are not normal and can often lead and contribute to significant health problems.

Problems falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or getting up too early are the three main types of sleeping difficulties. Physical discomfort, breathing issues, psychological stress, or chemical imbalances in the body can all contribute to insomnia.

However, there are many natural solutions, including chiropractic care, for getting better sleep and reaching your optimal level of health.

Sleep Impacts Every Area of Life

With the ever-growing to-do list, social obligations, and work responsibilities, sleep is often impacted. Circadian rhythms are physiological processes that occur naturally and have an impact on how the body works. They are just as essential to good health as good hydration and proper nutrition. Circadian rhythm disruption can have negative effects on metabolism, the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems, immunity levels, and hormone balance.

Nowadays, many people must adjust to schedules that don't exactly follow the sunup to sundown profile, due to the demands of modern living. Graveyard shift employees, for instance, or those working as police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, pilots, bartenders, truck drivers, and others with non-conventional work hours, are at greater risk for health issues resulting from lack of sleep, such as:

·       Workplace injuries

·       Disruption to metabolism

·       Obesity and Diabetes

·       Heart disease

·       Depression

There are several simple ways to improve sleep to minimize these health risks, including getting a supportive mattress and pillow, using natural sleep aids, adhering to a nighttime schedule, or aromatherapy.

Because sleep’s primary function is for nightly self-healing and “clean up” of the nervous system, an amazing all-natural, bio-hack to enhance the quality of your sleep and address sleep issues is chiropractic care. Adjustments have shown to increase the parasympathetic (relaxation) nerves such as the Vagus Nerve and allow the body to fall into an easier and deeper sleep.  

How You Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care

According to the National Sleep Foundation, individuals who undergo chiropractic adjustments have an instant improvement in their overall sleep quality. It is not surprising that one of the key advantages of chiropractic adjustments is better sleep, as this is essential for long-term health.

Some advantages of routine chiropractic adjustments for patients with sleep problems include:

·       Enhancing the function of the nervous system

·       Improving blood flow and circulation

·       Reducing nighttime restlessness, which can cause muscular tightness

·       Body and mind relaxation

An experienced chiropractor will provide patients other sleep-improvement advice in addition to adjustments. This could involve finding a more supportive mattress and pillow as well as adopting better sleeping postures and postural exercises.

Additional Ways to Enhance Your Sleep Quality

If you're not getting enough sleep, these easy solutions can enhance sleep quality. Keep in mind that quality sleep doesn't happen by implementing one quick-fix. You have to put in the effort, similarly to when you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle.

These modifications can significantly improve both the quality and amount of your sleep.

Alter your bedtime routine

We all have a nightly routine, even if we may not be aware of it. The activities you do before bed can impact how well you sleep. The most crucial point is to avoid using your smartphone right before bed. You'll stay up later than you need to because of the screen's illumination and the distractions on your phone. The same is true of TVs and tablets. It is believed that artificial light's stimulation can make it challenging to wind down for a restful night’s sleep.

Make dietary changes before bed

You may have heard that eating late at night disrupts your sleep and your metabolism, but if you're having trouble falling asleep, you can also try a warm cup of chamomile tea before bed. Warm milk, nuts, seeds, and bananas are a few other all-natural sleep aids that may be beneficial. They have magnesium and tryptophan, which promote sleep.

Regular exercise

Exercise can help you feel more exhausted, which will make it easier for you to fall asleep. It can also lower your body temperature and lessen tension. Make a habit of working out by finding a regimen that works for you. Even a simple 10-minute physical activity break can improve your sleep.

Utilize organic supplements

There are far too many negative effects associated with prescription and even over-the-counter sleep medications. Consider magnesium, GABA, and 5-HTP as natural sleep aids instead. Also, consider experimenting with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths for natural relaxation. Hormonal testing and micronutrient bloodwork can also be done to see if your lifestyle could use specific changes or therapeutic interventions to improve your sleep and quality of life.

Schedule Your Sleep Improvement Consultation

At Palm Beach Health Center, it is our mission to educate and serve individuals interested in achieving optimum health. We offer a wide range of services and are here to provide you with cutting-edge healthcare so you can get a more restful night’s sleep and be able to sleep better at night knowing that you are taking a proactive approach to your health.

Contact us today to find out more about how integrated medical and chiropractic care can help with your sleep difficulties. We are eager to assist you in reaching your optimal level of health.

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