When consulting with patients, our concerns extend far more than just their
aches and pains. We want to understand how their current condition is
affecting everyday life for them – ultimately affecting their optimal human
expression. Many note limitations in everyday tasks such as productivity at
school, at work or at home. But a common daily activity that can be greatly
affected is SLEEP. This can present itself as difficulty falling asleep,
being restless at night and waking up at odd times, sometimes more than
once in a night. The magic number for sleep is anywhere from SEVEN to EIGHT
hours of sleep each night, which is important for recovery and preparation
for the next day. If you’re struggling to meet this, Chiropractic can play
a role in improving the quality and quantity of your sleep.
Whatever the regular work day may require us to do, especially prolonged
hours in front of a desk/commuting, repetition of this each day without
proper precautions can lead to misalignment and weakness in your structure.
The resulting symptoms of this can lead to an uncomfortable sleep.
Chiropractors thoroughly assess your structure to spot areas of
misalignment that may make your sleeping uncomfortable and provide the
proper adjustments to work towards a better internal structure. In addition
to this, Chiropractors may recommend certain exercises to help stretch
muscles that are overworked throughout the day, and to strengthen ones that
may have become weak. Exercise can also improve many essential systems in
your body and tire you out to help you fall asleep faster at night.
A Chiropractor will also try to understand sleeping habits and postures
that you practice every night. This not only includes the mattress that you
sleep on, but also the environment that you sleep in. It’s best to sleep in
COMPLETE DARKNESS, as light (natural and artificial) may suppress hormones
necessary for sleep, which includes device usage before bed. In search of
SILENCE, white noise machines or sound neutralizing devices have shown to
help prevent noise disruptions that may lead to wakefulness. Finding a
COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURE is great for falling asleep, so making sure you
adapt your blankets to match the change in weather. However, your SLEEPING
POSTURE is of utmost importance as it can lead to lasting effects on your
spine. For example, sleeping on your stomach has shown to affects alignment
changes in the lower back and neck. Consult with a Chiropractor about
optimizing your sleeping posture, especially with the right mattress and
Some people find it difficult to sleep at night, or at least have a
meaningful sleep, when they’re suffering from breathing issues. This is
another way that Chiropractic can help improve the quality of your sleep.
Whether it’s due to allergies, congestion or illness, Chiropractic
adjustments have not only shown to improve immune function but have also
helped improve the environment around the lungs to allow better expansion
and in turn better breathing. Even with a particular breathing/sleeping
disorder, it’s best to consult with a Chiropractor about the best course of
action in order to improve the quality of your breathing at night.
Understand that your brain thrives on regular routines as it tries to adapt
to your preferred schedule. Having a set bedtime will allow your body to
adapt and predict when it needs to provide the necessary hormones for
sleep. Also, the foods that you eat and eating at regular intervals will
influence the brain and your sleeping habits as well, so be mindful of when
and what you’re eating throughout the day, especially as you near bedtime.
In addition to all this, regular chiropractic care from your Mississauga
Chiropractors can be a great help in improving your sleep. Not only will
you get to experience the benefits of a properly working system and
improved alignment, but you’ll also have someone working with you to
improve your everyday habits, especially sleeping. You deserve to be at
your best, so make sure you take the proper precautions to get a great
night’s sleep. We’re here to help! If you’d like to contact us or schedule
an appointment to see one of our Chiropractors today, you can contact us at