Around 40 million people in the United States experience some type of sleep problem. If these problems are left untreated they could lead to major health issues. This is because sleeping is a restorative function for the body. The more popular and common problem is sleep apnea, attacking people of every age and gender. Let’s learn more about this condition and how chiropractic help may help you treat it.

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What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing is inconsistent. This leads to restless sleep and a variety of complications. There three different types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive: When your throat muscles relax and your airways get blocked
  • Central: When your brain fails to send signals to your body instructing it to breathe
  • Complex: A mix of obstructive and central.

Symptoms

The most common and significant symptoms is snoring. If you share your bed with a partner, they might be able to hear it. However, there are many other symptoms that can hint that you have sleep apnea:

  • Unable to breathe in the middle of the night 
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling tired throughout the day
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Mood issues

Sleep apnea can be a dangerous condition if it’s not treated. Not being able to breathe is already a major concern. But, this disorder can lead to a number of major health issues. These include high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.

Common Treatments

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Device (CPAP). Even though is a major inconvenience, it proves effective for a lot of people. People have to wear the device every night and even take it with them when they travel. Luckily, there is another solution to re-open your airway and have a restful sleep.

Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the catalysts that are associated with sleep apnea. The expert team at Mauricio Chiropractic has seen multiple patients with spine issues that disrupt their sleep. As a result, the healing power of chiropractic treatment may be right for you. 

Spinal Adjustments Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea

Your health is connected to your sleep. If you don’t have spinal stability it can have a very negative impact on your rest ability. When your vertebrae are misaligned, there is a disorder in your central nervous system. This is because one part of the body can’t properly transfer signals to another. This causes a chain effect of issues, including disorders like sleep apnea. Apnea can be induced even by severe subluxations, which push on the windpipe obstructing airflow.

What chiropractic treatment can do to help with sleep apnea are spinal adjustments. These correct misalignments or subluxations in the spine. These misalignments can be caused by poor posture, injuries, or sedentary lifestyles. Similarly, other causes include damaged vertebral discs resulting in pinched nerves. Most importantly, the nervous system function has to be restored in order to improve sleeping patterns.

Sleep apnea symptoms can be treated by spinal manipulations and alignments. Similarly with exercises that strengthen muscles and tissues that surround the spine. A chiropractor can also relieve tension in your neck and stabilize the tissues in the area to promote better breathing.

On the other hand, contrary to a CPAP machine, chiropractic treatment will try to cure this disorder completely. Leading to long-term better sleep. A chiropractor will also advise you to do some lifestyle changes like proper sleeping positions and exercise. 

Chiropractic Care Near You

If you’re you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, you could be suffering from apnea. However, the Mauricio Chiropractic team in Orlando will work with you to address the spinal catalysts that cause this disorder. Our goal is to help you get to the bottom of what’s causing it. Schedule an appointment here today and start sleeping better!