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Tired and Stressed? Achieve Better Sleep Naturally with Chiropractic Care

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Achieve Better Sleep with Chiropractic Care

Did you know that 48% of Australians report having not one but two sleep problems? This statistic comes from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). It is particularly troubling when paired with the fact that sleep issues are a significant risk factor in the development of chronic health conditions. Sleep is a vital part of our lives, and getting too much or too little of it can significantly impact your health, mood, and overall well-being. 

From difficulty falling asleep and frequent nocturnal awakenings to disorders like sleep apnoea and restless leg syndrome, there are a multitude of issues that can interfere with the quality of your sleep. Whether your sleep challenges are due to stress, lack of exercise, circadian rhythm disturbances, or an underlying health issue, the repercussions can be severe, particularly if it becomes chronic. 

Poor sleep can lead to cognitive impairment, mood swings, weakened immune function, and even chronic conditions like heart disease. Understandably, this can leave you feeling trapped, especially if you’re wary of medications and their potential side effects. While natural remedies can sometimes seem ineffective, there are viable solutions. 

Below is a broad overview of sleep problems, including a deeper dive into the potential causes and some effective natural remedies. We’ll also shed light on how chiropractic care can enhance sleep quality. 

Please note: This guide will provide a broad understanding of sleep issues and potential solutions. It should not replace personalised advice from a qualified health practitioner. However, it can serve as your starting point to understand your sleep struggles better and develop an action plan, ultimately leading to more restful nights and peace of mind.

Causes of Sleeplessness

Sleep problems can arise from an endless list of potential factors. Understanding these possible causes is essential, as they can help guide treatment strategies. Here are some of the most common ones we come across:

  1. Environmental Issues: Excessive environmental noise or light can interfere with sleep. An inappropriate room temperature can also be detrimental. For instance, high sound levels during sleep can decrease sleep intensity, bright street lights shining through a window can cause you to wake more often during the night, and a hot room can leave you tossing and turning. All these factors can increase your stress hormone secretion, further exacerbating the problems. Sometimes, something as simple as a comfortable sleep mask and earplugs can resolve environmental issues. 
  2. Lifestyle Factors: Certain lifestyle habits can also impact sleep quality. These include excessive screen time before bed, caffeine intake close to bedtime, and alcohol consumption. For example, studies have shown that screen time before bed can increase sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep), reduce sleep quality, and affect attentiveness the following day.
  3. Physical Disturbances: Chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, headaches, and fibromyalgia can significantly disrupt sleep. These conditions can lead to frequent awakenings during the night, difficulty falling asleep, and non-restorative sleep.
  4. Medical Issues: Certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, can lead to significant sleep disturbances. Sleep apnea is characterised by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep, leading to fragmented and poor-quality rest.
  5. Psychiatric Disorders: Mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders can lead to insomnia, disrupted sleep patterns, and increased sensitivity to stress.

Remember, this list is not exhaustive. Many other factors can contribute to sleep problems. It’s also essential that you avoid self-diagnosis. If you’re struggling with sleep, consult with a trusted healthcare professional who can help identify potential causes and recommend appropriate treatments. Sleep is crucial to your overall health and well-being, so don’t hesitate to seek help from a GP, chiropractor, or other medical professional.

Natural Remedies for Deep Sleep

If you want to improve sleep naturally, you’ll find an abundance of remedies claiming to be the answer. The question is, which ones actually work? 

When you’re desperate to figure out how to get to sleep when you can’t seem to wind down, it can be tempting to splurge on anything that promises relief. However, it’s worth exercising caution around herbs, supplements, and homeopathic remedies. These can be helpful, but many either fail to live up to their promises or, worse still, interfere with prescribed medicines or cause other unwanted side effects. 

This is not to say that natural supplements can’t be safe or effective – you just need to look into the potential side effects and interactions before taking them. For example, many people report beneficial effects from melatonin. However, people with certain autoimmune disorders and seizure disorders should not take it. So, always look before you leap when it comes to supplements, no matter how natural they are. 

Changing your habits to improve your sleep naturally

Some of the most effective ways to improve sleep naturally are through simple habit changes. In line with the latest research from sleep experts, we recommend: 

  • Reduce screen time before bed
  • Get a bit of sunlight exposure as soon as possible after waking
  • Reduce light exposure after sunset
  • Avoid caffeine intake after midday  
  • Take a warm shower in the evening
  • Exercise regularly (ideally earlier in the day) 
  • Keep activities like work, exercise, and social media scrolling out of your bedroom so it remains a sleep-based space

How to Improve Sleep Quality with Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is a branch of healthcare that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing neuromuscular disorders. It involves manual manipulation to adjust joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to restore proper spinal alignment. These techniques can help improve posture, relieve pain, and treat issues like headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, whiplash, and sciatica.

More research is needed to prove that chiropractic care can have a statistically significant impact on sleep quality. However, patient-reported experiences demonstrate the efficacy of chiropractic care in alleviating insomnia and other sleep disturbances. Many of these cases appear in scientific literature. At Be Fit Chiro, our patients report similar positive experiences. 

How does chiropractic work to improve your sleep? Regular chiropractic adjustments can help reduce stress levels and enhance sleep quality. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients who received chiropractic adjustments reported significantly improved sleep quality and duration.

Improved circulation after corrective adjustments has also been linked with enhanced moods thanks to elevations in endorphin production. This can contribute to better sleep, as elevated mood and reduced stress make it easier to fall and stay asleep.

Moreover, chiropractic care can help address chronic pain. As mentioned above, chronic pain is one of the leading causes of poor sleep quality. By reducing pain and improving spinal alignment, chiropractic care can make it easier to fall asleep and stay at rest throughout the night. 

Solving Sleep Problems

Sleep problems can significantly impact your quality of life, but natural solutions are available. Alongside good sleep hygiene and natural remedies, chiropractic care can play a supporting role in helping you get a better night’s sleep. By addressing the root causes of sleep problems, chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to achieving better sleep naturally. 

If you’re tired of counting sheep and begging your brain to let you have a restful night’s sleep, we’re here to help. Reach out to us at (03) 9118-0619 or book your appointment online in a couple of clicks. Our highly qualified chiropractors are ready to guide you on your journey to better sleep. With the right approach, you can overcome your sleep challenges, avoid the need for medications, and wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle the day without needing copious amounts of coffee! 

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