August 2015

Treating Sleeping Disorders

Are you giving your body the sleep it deserves and needs to function each day?

Yes, we all want to soak up the long summer days as much as we can for as long as they’re here, but within reason to our health. Getting a good nights ret can change your whole attitude towards the day and work week.

Whether you’re suffering from sleep apnea, insomnia, or you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, there are a number of holistic recommendations our health professionals can make to help you get a good night’s rest, hopefully, every day of the week.

There are at least 70 different types of sleep disorders that lead to insomnia, and an estimated 60 percent of those in the US suffer from insomnia. That means at least half of us are walking like zombies most of the week, and you may not even realize it. Lack of sleep can endanger and cause other disturbances in your day to day routine such as, there is a higher likelihood of car and work related accidents.

Our body’s sleep schedule is regulated by the body’s central circadian rhythm, when those are disturbed there is an increase in cortisol, a natural hormone which increases stress on the body and can heighten sickness and disease. Long periods of heightened cortisol can weaken the immune system, reduce bone density and muscle mass, and fat accumulates in the abdomen area impacting the function of the thyroid gland, which can lead to back pain, insomnia and other possible mental disorders.

Like many disorders today there are a number of medications available to treat the symptoms brought on by sleep apnea, but few, if any, actually address the root of the problem. Extended use of medication can also disrupt the body’s internal system and cause much more harm to the internal organs.

Seeking Out Care From One of Our Encino Chiropractors

Chiropractic care will allow your body to communicate effectively, heightening the immune system and allowing you to relax. Typically after an adjustment with one of our Encino chiropractors you will have one of the best sleep’s you’ve had in a while. A chiropractic adjustment can boost energy, relax the body and relieve tension in the muscles by improving blood flow.

Using Acupuncture to Treat Insomnia, Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders

Acupuncture effectively works in a similar way to achieve relaxation. Our Encino acupuncturist is highly skilled in her field and only uses the highest quality of disposable needles. If you are having trouble sleeping our Encino acupuncturist may ask you some lifestyle questions related to the problem. Such as, what do you do for a living? What time do you wake up in the morning? What types of activities are you doing on a day to day basis? Are you married? Do you have children? And so forth, to really paint a picture of your day to day routine. Sometimes what evolves into a physical problem has an underlying metaphysical cause. By placing acupuncture needles at specific points related to the cause or root of your problem at hand, this will break up any forces that are not allowing your internal life force to flow freely; Helping you gain relaxation and release anxiety.

Consulting With Our Encino Nutritionist

You may need to make some lifestyle changes; your body may not be getting the proper nutrients and vitamins it requires to function at optimal health.

Maybe it’s time you cut back on your caffeine intake, or start eating dinner at an earlier hour, or making lifestyle changes like avoiding watching television, snacking or browsing the internet from bed.

Maybe you’re not giving yourself the care it needs, maybe you need regular exercise, or less of it, there are many circumstances to consider. Our Encino nutritionist can even do an organ functionality testing on your body to see if your liver, spleen, digestion and adrenals are working in sync to bring you to optimal health. And if not, target which areas require higher nutrition and give you a solid understanding on how to work towards optimal health.

We recommended opting for a natural solution first, and working alongside your general practitioner in order to prevent serious disease later on.