Sleep Apnoea & Sleeping Disorders
Can Upper Cervical Care Help My Sleep Apnoea or Sleeping Troubles?
Sleep Apnoea and sleeping disorders are among the most common, most insidious and least known sources of stress and health problems in Australia today. Let me put it this way to emphasise the importance of sleep – human beings sooner go psychotic or die from a lack of sleep than they do from a lack of water (and if you don’t believe me, Google “sleep deprivation torture”).
The two most common sleeping disorders are insomnia and sleep apnoea, which refers to interrupted sleep patterns which are associated with snoring and a lack of oxygen going to the brain. The most common treatment involves a C-PAP machine, which is a mask that provides a steady supply of oxygen to minimise apnoea episodes. One of the challenges with C-PAP machines is that they are extraordinarily uncomfortable. A secondary challenge is while they make assist with sleeping problems, they don’t always address the reason for the disorder in the first place.
If you are like most people, you want to know if there is a natural alternative that can help you get a better night’s sleep. The answer may lie in an unexpected place: the upper neck.
A Natural Solution – The Role of the Upper Neck in Sleep Apnoea & Sleeping Disorders
The part of the brain that filters neural information to the brain is called the Reticular Formation. This cluster of cells sits in the brainstem, which actually descends to the level of C1 and C2 in the neck. What this means is that problems with the C1 or C2 vertebrae – namely misalignments – can exert abnormal pressure on the brainstem and disrupt its normal functions … including sleep regulation.
A very interesting survey took place in Western Australia a few years ago. Researchers interviewed chiropractic patients, and they wanted to know what types of benefits had they noticed in their lives since starting care. The most common, #1 answer shocked the researchers because it had nothing to do with the neck, back or pain. It was that people were slept better!
Have You Tried Upper Cervical Care to Help Your Sleep Apnoea or Sleeping Disorder?
I have seen it myself in my office, people wearing FitBits notice remarkable drops in sleep apnoea episodes through the night following an upper neck adjustment. It should make sense that because the C1 and C2 have the most direct effect on the brain that an adjustment here should have the greatest impact in being able to help restore the normal brain-body functions, sleep included.
Dr Jeffrey Hannah is an Upper Cervical Care Doctor in North Lakes, located in north Brisbane. He is one of only a very few chiropractors who specialise in Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care in all Australia.
Sleeping disorders are seldom simple matters, and there are usually a myriad of contributing factors why you are not getting a good night’s sleep. However, before you jump on the C-PAP or taking heavy sedatives, contact our office to see if Upper Cervical Care may be able to help you.
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