How Chiropractic (and Other Healthy Habits) Can Induce Better Sleep

If there’s one common goal all humans share, I’d say it’s the desire to improve the amount of sleep we get while increasing how often we get it. Modern society is incredibly fast-paced and brings about a constant sense of immediacy, which can make taking time to rest and unwind a bit of a challenge. While it’s true there are sleeping pills and medications out there available for us, chiropractors and doctors alike tend to agree that it’s best to try natural methods of improving sleep quality first before getting mixed up in the potentially risky side effects medication can bring about.

You may consider chiropractic to be a treatment option only for back pain, but it’s also been shown to bring great improvement to sleep quality for many patients as well. Combined with other simple yet effective solutions, chiropractic care performed on a regular basis can serve to induce better sleep in patients.

Chiropractic For Better Sleep

During a standard chiropractic session, a chiropractor will use manual manipulation techniques, which are completely natural and very safe, to readjust any misalignments in the spinal column. This is a well-known and effective solution to resolving back pain, but these adjustments can also serve the body in other ways. Namely, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to decrease the amount of the hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol creates stress and makes it harder to fall asleep, so naturally reducing it can make it much easier to fall and stay asleep when you want. 

Exercising Regularly

Add “better sleep” to the list of benefits exercise can bring. The body thrives on getting regular physical movement, since this encourages better circulation and boosts mood while lowering anxiety, and exercise can also regulate your body’s sleeping patterns. Try working out for thirty minutes in the morning a few days a week to see if your sleep gets any more restful (it more than likely will).

Choosing The Right Foods

Certain items in your meal plan may be making your energy levels better or worse. Not only does the type of food you eat matter, but the time of day you eat matters as well. In general, you want to stick to a healthy diet high in whole grains and fresh vegetables. If you need to snack at night, choose something with the sleep-inducing chemicals melatonin or tryptophan, such as cherries, kiwi, or even a few slices of grilled turkey. 

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