How Sleep Affects Your Body

If you struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep at night, know that you’re not alone. A study done by the American Sleep Association showed that over 60 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder...

January 13, 2023

If you struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep at night, know that you’re not alone. A study done by the American Sleep Association showed that over 60 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. This is a scary thing considering how crucial a good night's rest is to maintaining a healthy body. Luckily, chiropractic care and our team at ProActive Health can help with improving your sleep.

As mentioned above, sleep disorders can not only be annoying because you can’t obtain the sleep you want, but you can begin to notice some immediate changes in your life. This includes daytime fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, delayed reaction time, a weakened immune system, memory issues, and body aches.

If these trends continue, then those other symptoms can begin to lead to bigger and more serious health issues over time. Some of the possibilities include:

  • Seizures
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure, a weakened immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Knowing the risks that a lack of sleep can have on your lifestyle and health, you realize why it’s not an issue you should ignore. However, thankfully chiropractic care can be a pathway in bringing more rest into your life.

Types of sleep disorders

Before we look into how chiropractic care can help, let’s first look over the two most common sleep disorders Americans face today.


If you’re experiencing a hard time falling asleep, you lie awake for hours staring into space, and then you may have insomnia. Another sign is that you consistently wake up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back asleep.

Insomnia can happen for many different reasons. Some of the common causes include high levels of stress, emotional distress, certain medications, anxiety and depression, and excessive worry.

Sleep Apnea

Outside of not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep, another common sleep disorder is sleep apnea. The common symptoms of sleep apnea are suddenly waking up and gasping for air, snoring, sleepiness during the day, extreme dry mouth upon waking, and pauses in breathing through the night.

Sleep apnea happens when your breathing is disturbed during sleep, leading to a brief pause in breathing and an awakening sensation. This can be caused by the shape of the mouth and airways, head trauma, or excessive body weight pressing on your trachea.

Through our Functional Medicine approach at ProActive Health, we have the ability to dive deeper into the  root cause of sleeping disorders through this alternative medicine approach.

How chiropractic care can help

At ProActive Health, we believe in finding the root of the issue at hand and building a plan around how we can address your concerns to achieve your goal.

Most people don’t realize that pain and tension in your spine or extremity can play a dramatic role in why you may be experiencing sleep deprivation. By releasing this tension and pain in your spine through routine chiropractic visits, you’ll find your body more relaxed and comfortable while falling asleep and throughout the night.

Additionally, chiropractic care focuses on your body’s central nervous system which is a key component in allowing the efficient function of your body—all leading to a more rested and proactive lifestyle.

At ProActive Health we also offer two additional treatments that complement spinal adjustments which include PTL II Laser and BrainTap to help improve your sleep. For more information on these two additional treatments check them out on the website under Services -> Additional Therapies.

Visit us at ProActive Health today to “Align Your Spine, Realign Your Life!”

Ready to see a chiropractor, whether for the first time or as someone looking to visit a new chiropractic office? Dr. Doug Patterson at ProActive Health is the top choice in the Michiana area!

In 1993, Dr. Doug Patterson hurt his back and first sought the care of a Chiropractor. After this experience, he decided he wanted to help people himself by pursuing chiropractic. He is a 1997 graduate of the Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia, and has been in practice for 20+ years. Since then, Dr. Doug has expanded his field of practice to include functional medicine and science-based nutrition. Schedule a visit with Dr. Doug at ProActive Health today!

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