5 Ways Your Alignment Impacts Your Sleep

People spend approximately one-third of their lives sleeping. Some people find it more restorative than others. There are many factors that can affect your sleep, including insomnia, anxiety, and even chronic pain. And unfortunately, those ill effects can carry into your waking life, as well.

Interestingly enough, correcting the alignment of your body can help you to improve the quality of your sleep. Let’s take a look at the reasons why.  

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Your Posture is Neglected During the Night

During the day, you may make efforts to stand up straight and avoid slouching, but at bedtime, you likely stop thinking about posture altogether. This can cause you to wake up repeatedly in discomfort. Choosing mattresses and pillows that give you the proper support is crucial to correcting your sleep posture and giving your muscles and ligaments the much-needed time they need to heal.

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Bad Alignment is a Real Pain

“Painsomnia” is a term coined by chronic illness patients to describe the phenomenon of being unable to sleep due to soreness. Back pain can be especially disruptive to sleep. Visiting a specialist for back pain treatment, including alignment, can help to alleviate your overall pain. This, in turn, may lead to a more restful night’s sleep.

Your Alignment Affects More Than Your Spine

Improper alignment doesn’t just cause back pain. In fact, its effects can be fairly systemic. There is evidence that connects poor lumbar alignment to chronic digestive problems. This can lead to symptoms like heartburn or nausea keeping you up at night. Getting yourself into proper alignment is important to your overall health and wellness

Charley Horses Can Really Throw You

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with an intensely painful muscle spasm in your calf or foot? These cramps – which are colloquially called Charley horses –  will continue to throb even after the muscle contractions have ceased. Receiving ongoing general chiropractic care to maintain your alignment can prevent those spasms from happening in the first place, which should help you to rest easier.

Restless Legs Lead to Restless Sleep

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes people to constantly and uncontrollably move their legs because of deep discomfort. It is known to strike just as you’re about drift off for the night and can end up keeping you awake. 

RLS is thought to be caused by dysfunction in the nervous system. Adjustments that correct the alignment of your spine can also restore proper nerve function to your legs. In turn, this may reduce the intensity of your RLS symptoms. 

Our physical health is tied to how well our bodies and minds perform. Poor sleep can impact us physically and emotionally and lower our quality of life. Working on your alignment may be just the trick to improving your sleep.