Do you suffer from insomnia? Would you know the symptoms if they showed up? And what would you do if you had a clear-cut case of the common sleeping disorder? Unfortunately, too many people do nothing to deal with the causes of the problem and try to cover up the symptoms with drugs, alcohol, and other ineffective approaches. Confronting insomnia and minimizing its effects on your life takes more than a pill or a drink. For millions of sufferers, chiropractic care offers long-term relief.
People need to understand that sleep disorders are severe problems and can be tough on the human body and mind. It’s rather common for people who have insomnia to undergo significant mood and behavior changes, and sometimes feel quite depressed, forgetful, and irritable. If they try to read or concentrate on a movie or conversation, they’re unable to do it for more than just a few seconds.
If the condition goes on without treatment of any kind, sufferers experience even worse effects, like viruses and infections due to a compromised immune system. People who have insomnia are often distressed and excessively tired because they can’t get enough sleep. What can a chiropractor do? For anyone who has insomnia, chiropractic treatment, including spinal adjustments, can go a long way toward addressing the root causes of the disorder.
For a thorough understanding of how chiropractic care can help you deal with insomnia, understand the basics of the problem, the causes, and how chiropractic physicians treat the problem.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that has multiple causes and symptoms. That’s probably why some people get better relief with one type of treatment than with another. However, the leading cause for most adults is undue stress.
When people are under long-term stress, they tend to have faster heart rates and display unnecessary tension in several muscle groups. It’s common for adults to experience at least one short-term bout of insomnia in their lives when they face a significant difficulty, like a death in the family, loss of a job, or a severe injury.
Chronic or long-term insomnia is different and much more severe from a medical viewpoint. Often, intense anxiety is at the root of chronic sleep disorders. Another common cause is extreme pain, either from an accident or injury of some kind.
Pain in all its forms has the power to wake people up from an otherwise healthy state of sleep and make it hard for them to go back to sleep. There are dozens of things that can keep you from falling asleep. Too much noise, bright lights, uncomfortable temperatures, and low-quality mattresses are just a few of the more typical examples.
Do You Recognize These Symptoms?
Do you know how to recognize the typical symptoms of insomnia? According to the basic definition of the term, the primary symptom is poor quality of sleep. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Here are some of the most frequent symptoms of chronic insomnia, the long-term inability to sleep or to remain asleep:
- A general lack of energy during the daylight hours
- Common bouts of forgetfulness throughout the day
- Waking up several times each night and then having a problem getting back to sleep
- Trouble going to sleep in the evening
- Waking up tired, and feeling like you need more sleep even if you got enough
- Recurrent problems maintaining concentration on conversations or your own thoughts
- Awaking earlier than you need to, and then having trouble going back to sleep
- Experiencing accidents while walking, driving, or working
- Having routine bouts of daytime fatigue and excessive sleepiness
- Suffering from unexplained bouts of depression
- Having difficulty maintaining healthy professional and personal relationships with other people
- A lower quality of life
- Unexplained mood changes like impulsive behavior, becoming irritable, or acting aggressively for no reason
- Performance problems at your job or in the classroom
Remember that most sufferers of insomnia don’t have all these symptoms, but most will display at least one or two of them. The goal is to be on the lookout for changes in your behavior that don’t have any logical explanation. If you can, try to make a list of possible insomnia symptoms you might have experienced. When you speak with a chiropractor, you’ll be able to refer to the list rather than rely on your memory alone.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Perhaps you’ve tried sleeping pills or a “nightcap” drink to help beat your insomnia. In the vast majority of cases, these forms of relief offer only temporary assistance, if that. If you continue with medications and alcohol as a form of self-administered treatment, you stand to damage your body significantly. The answer for millions of sufferers is a technique that treats the causes, not the symptoms. That approach is chiropractic treatment. It includes multiple techniques and treatment modalities that work to restore the body’s ability to heal itself.
Chiropractic physicians get to the root cause of the problem by helping to relieve stress, which often leads to chronic insomnia. Stress can wreak havoc with your immune system. One effective stress reliever is stretching and exercise. A chiropractor can teach clients how to stretch particular muscle groups to reduce tension properly.
One of the primary ways that chiropractors help people living with insomnia is with spinal adjustments. Not only can adjustments help reduce tension on specific nerves, but they can boost the immune system and minimize some of the ill effects of long-term insomnia.
In addition to these methods, chiropractors use particular styles of therapeutic body massage to relax the muscles. They also can give clients advice about how to make essential lifestyle changes that can enhance proper sleep. Here’s a short list of how chiropractic treatment can relieve insomnia:
- Stretching to reduce stress
- Teaching clients how to exercise to minimize muscle tension
- Spinal adjustment to enhance the immune system
- Whole-body massage therapy to relax entire muscle groups and calm the nerves
- Advice about how to make key lifestyle changes to improve sleep patterns
What’s the Next Step?
The chiropractors at Delaware Integrative Medicine have experience treating chronic insomnia. You can visit for a free initial consultation and find out your options. Keep in mind that the causes and symptoms of insomnia are varied, and the disorder is highly complex. But addressing the causes rather than the symptoms is what Delaware Integrative Medicine is all about. This logical approach to care is one of the core principles of chiropractic medicine and can bring long-term relief to people living with insomnia.
If the doctor thinks you might benefit from chiropractic care, you’ll have the chance to book a regular appointment for treatment. If not, you’ll be referred to another practitioner if you wish. There’s no reason to live with the effects of chronic insomnia any longer. If you are suffering, take advantage of what Delaware Chiropractic Medicine can do for you. We look forward to hearing from you.