Tips to Deal with Sleep Issues and Insomnia

Trouble sleeping at night is a common occurrence for many Americans. For some, it is simply life’s demanding stresses that cause our sleepless nights. For others, it can be a result of mineral deficiencies, pain, and other internal problems. In the US, nearly 25% of people surveyed reported not getting enough sleep at night. Another 10% experience some form of insomnia while getting less than 5 hours a night. As your chiropractic health and wellness center, we offer some solutions that might help you sleep a little better.

Sleep Effects Your Health

This is troubling since the quality of your sleep can have a lasting impact on your health. In fact, studies show that the lack of sleep can impact your health with symptoms such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Restless Leg Syndrom (RLS)
  • Diabetes 1
  • Heart disease 1
  • Inability to fight illnesses
  • Gastrointestinal disorders 2

In addition to these health concerns, one study found that people who haven’t slept in 20 hours are as responsive in driving situations as those who have a blood alcohol level of 0.08. Your risk of getting into an auto accident is equal to that of a drunk driver. Don’t let your sleep put you at risk behind the wheel.

Improving Your Sleep Through Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic can help improve your health. People who suffer from either acute and/or chronic pain usually suffer also from poor sleep patterns. By using chiropractic healthcare to relieve pain, you can improve the quality of your sleep. One study of 221 chiropractic patients suffering from sleep issues found that at least one-third of those treated had experienced an immediate improvement in their sleep after having a chiropractic adjustment. Getting chiropractic care can be exactly what you need to help you get a good night sleep.

Mineral Deficiencies Can Impact Your Sleep

Natural Sleep Aids

The lack of magnesium may be causing your sleepless nights. Your body needs magnesium to deal with stress. Your body uses magnesium to help push calcium into your cells to deal with stress and then remove it when it is done. As a result, the depletion of magnesium often can cause a prolonged feeling of stress due to your body’s inability to relieve that feeling after a stressful event. Another side effect of the absence of magnesium is what is called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). By improving your magnesium levels you can help improve your ability to resolve RLS, deal with stress, and get valuable shut-eye. We offer taking CALM, a mineral supplement containing calcium and magnesium, to help improve your ability to deal with stress. Ask us about it the next time you visit.3

Sleep Aids As A Solution

Due to an inability to sleep, there are times when people may need to take sleep aids. One natural method of managing your sleep is through control your cortisol levels. Cortisol is what awakens your body and alerts your mind. Those who suffer from insomnia may have high cortisol levels through the night. We offer a Cortisol Manager that can help regulate those levels and possibly resolve insomnia. Feel free to stop by and have Dr. Beeson or Dr. Soszka to determine if this is the right sleep solution for you.4


Exercise Can Help You Sleep

Sleep issues can also be tied to our activity levels or the lack of. Getting out and moving around can help you sleep better at night because your body is getting the exercise it needs. If you are like many who have sedentary jobs, the lack of movement will make your body not burn the calories you are consuming. At the end of the day, you aren’t feeling tired enough to sleep. Exercising for even as 10-minutes per day can help improve your sleep patterns. If you need suggestions feel free to ask our doctors. 5

1. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-sleep-metabolic-syndrome-idUSKCN0SG2OG20151022
2. https://sleep.org/articles/how-losing-sleep-affects-your-body-mind/
3. http://www.healthline.com/health/restless-leg-syndrome/link-between-magnesium-and-rls#Overview1
4. http://www.healthcentral.com/sleep-disorders/c/193259/175840/cortisol-insomnia/
5. https://sleep.org/articles/exercise-affects-sleep/