Sleep deprivation has become such a widespread problem that the CDC has declared it a public health epidemic. Not only is lack of sleep linked with chronic disease and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression, but it is also associated with increased perception of pain. Up until relatively recently, the link was thought to be solely a one-way process, in which the experience of pain makes it difficult to sleep. However, many have now come to believe that the link between sleep loss and pain is more reciprocal, as sleep has been found to alter receptor function in the brain. With this in mind, getting more sleep may be part of a holistic effort to relieve pain.
While chiropractors aren't usually thought of as being sleep experts on sleep issues, one third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment report that they experience immediate sleep improvement. Chiropractic care helps alleviate discomfort and improve relaxation and blood flow. If lower back pain is whats causing you to toss and turn , then it may be worth a visit. To schedule an appointment for chiropractic care, please call 860-621-2225. Our practice is located at 200 Queen St. Southington CT
P.S. Sleep deprivation may be a particular problem for night shift workers, who are likely, to experience a conflict between their bodies' circadian rhythms and their work schedule that can undermine their health and safety.