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The healing power of sleep

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Without the daily restorative power of sleep, life takes on a raw edge—a feeling that millions know all too well. Chiropractic, in combination with complementary and alternative therapies, has proven effective in helping people get a better night’s sleep.

Insomnia is the most common of all sleep-related problems. It tends to be persistent and has been associated with painful musculoskeletal conditions that may result in sleepiness, irritability, and feelings of misery. Depending on the individual, insomnia can mean difficulty falling asleep, waking up—often with difficulty falling back to sleep—waking too early in the morning, or poor-quality sleep.

Sleep apnea is controlled by the brain stem. According to the NIH, 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and can stop breathing hundreds of times a night for a minute or longer. Sometimes the problem is caused by an obstruction in the airway. At other times, the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.  The consequences of untreated sleep apnea may include high blood pressure, memory problems, weight gain, headaches, and impotence. It can also cause job impairment and accidents.

Many patients do not tell their doctors that they suffer from sleep disorders, but it is very common for patients to advise their chiropractor that they sleep much better after being treated for a variety of conditions not usually associated with sleep deprivation. Chiropractic treatment in general is a good alternative for those individuals who do not feel rested and who do not wish to take drugs to assist them in obtaining quality sleep.

Two of the most important considerations for people suffering from sleep disorders are diet and exercise, which improve fuel delivery to the area of the brain that controls hormones and metabolism and, ultimately, sleep.

Leonard Family Chiropractic and Acupuncture is located at 3851 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound, TX 75028. Call 972-899-2650 or visit www.LeonardFamilyChiropractic.com.

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