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How Do You Know You Have a Sleep Problem?

How Do You Know You Have a Sleep Problem?

If a lack of sleep is starting to affect your concentration, memory or mood, you may have a sleeping problem. Chances are that it is just a case of nerves, or an inability to deal with life’s stress. Most sleep problems are related to other conditions or situations.  So, do not look for traditional medi­cal prescription like sleeping pills to solve the problem. Sleeping cycles, also linked to night/day cycles (circadian rhythms), are known to influence YOUR brain chemistry. One substance in particular, melatonin, is a naturally occurring hormone that is secreted during the dark phase of the 24-hour cycle. Taken orally, this substance has been shown to influence sleep patterns and reduce the symptoms related to insomnia.

Chiropractic Can Improve Your Sleep

   If you do not want to have to take pills to improve your sleep, make your next step an appointment here to talk about our problems. In a recent study of 221 chiropractic patients, one third of the subjects who completed the required interview reported immediate effects on their sleep after a chiropractic adjustment. From this group of responders, a whopping 98% recorded improved results with chiropractic versus those whose sleep patterns did not get better.

   Pain, both acute and chronic, is another primary reason why people experience disturbed sleep. Whether it’s back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, or headaches, chiropractic treatments have a long history of being able to help. The vast majority of my patients notice more restful sound sleep after their adjustments.  Why suffer from sleepless nights? Call now for a complimentary consultation.

References and sources:

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3. What causes insomnia? – US Department of Health & Human Services – National Institutes of Health. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/dci/Diseases/inso/inso _causes.html

4. Gorman, C. Why we sleep – Time 2004 (Dec. 17). http://www.time.com/time/magazine /article/0,9171,1009765-1,00.html

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6. Yager, J. Don’t overlook health benefits of sleep. Getting enough sleep can improve and lengthen your life – ConsumerAffairs.com 2010 (Aug.) http://www.consumeraffairs.com/ boomerific/2010/020_getting_enough _rest.html#ixzz17G2GOAMU

7. Melatonin. US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health.  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medline plus/druginfo/natural/940.html

8. Jamison, JR. Insomnia: does chiropractic help? - J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 (Mar-Apr); 28(3): 179-86

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