Poor quality or insufficient sleep can have multiple adverse health effects. If you have insomnia or a sleep disorder, visit One Life Chiropractic in Katy, Texas, for a comprehensive evaluation. Experienced chiropractors Nathan D. Gomez, DC, and Brian Riggs, DC, determine your sleep problem’s cause and offer effective treatments like photobiomodulation using a grade IV deep tissue laser. Call One Life Chiropractic or request a consultation online today for expert help getting a good night’s sleep.

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Why do I need sleep?

Sleep is vital to your health. It’s when your body rests and heals, and your mind processes the day’s events. Without sleep, many essential functions suffer, from hormone production to alertness. Sleep must also be sufficiently long and restful for optimal mental and physical function.

Many people suffer from sleep problems, such as insomnia, resulting in insufficient, poor-quality sleep. During the day, you’re likely to experience the following:

  • Exhaustion
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches

In addition, your risk of developing potentially life-threatening conditions like obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, and heart disease is higher if you don’t sleep well.

What causes poor sleep?

Many things can affect your sleep, including:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression and other mental health disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Trauma
  • Caffeine and other stimulants
  • Chronic health conditions

Chronic diseases like hyperthyroidism and long-term changes like menopause can also affect your ability to sleep. Or you might have a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea, where your breathing repeatedly stops through the night.

Very often, people’s bedtime habits discourage a good night’s sleep. Irregular bedtimes, daytime naps, drinking coffee late at night, eating, watching TV, or using your smartphone can all affect your readiness for sleep.

Device use is an increasing problem. It might seem like a good way to relax before bed, but electronics give off blue light, stimulating your brain.

What can I do to improve sleep?

If you’re having trouble with sleep, first examine your sleeping habits. Ensure you have a regular bedtime, that your bed is comfortable and the room’s the optimal temperature, and avoid stimulants such as electronic device use, snacking, and consuming products containing caffeine.

You should also visit your doctor to check for any underlying health problems. Once you receive treatment for your condition, your sleep should automatically improve.

How does photobiomodulation help with sleep problems?

One Life Chiropractic uses a grade IV deep tissue laser to perform photobiomodulation treatment. The laser stimulates cell growth and boosts the cells’ energy levels, helping heal damaged tissues faster and reducing pain.

The red light photobiomodulation also encourages calm and sleepiness, unlike the blue light electronic devices emit, which acts as a stimulant.

In addition, using photobiomodulation on the brain helps to activate essential maintenance tasks, enabling it to function better and improving sleep quality.

Learn more about the benefits of photobiomodulation for sleep problems by calling One Life Chiropractic or requesting an appointment online today.