Accident Care Chiropractic logo.
Chiropractic Blog

Treating Insomnia With Chiropractic Care

Published Date: 
March 16, 2023
A woman is still awake in the middle of the night because she suffers from insomnia.

If you are having trouble sleeping, chiropractic care for insomnia can help improve your sleep quality by addressing the underlying causes.

Chiropractic care can help improve sleep quality for people with insomnia by relieving pressure on the spine and nervous system. 

Chiropractic adjustments to the neck and back can reduce tension and pain, leading to better sleep. Adjusting vertebrae in the spine helps reduce interference along the pathways of nerve signals from the brain to the body, allowing for improved communication between the two. This reduces stress, relaxes muscles, and improves mood, which are important factors in falling asleep more quickly and staying asleep. 

Chiropractic care also helps restore balance and improves circulation, which can contribute to better sleep. 

Finally, chiropractic adjustments tend to reduce inflammation in the body, which can improve symptoms of conditions related to insomnia, such as headaches and neck pain. 

Why Getting Good Rest Is So Important 

Getting enough sleep each night is essential for maintaining good health. Poor sleep habits can increase the risk of medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. 

Additionally, lack of sleep can impair your cognitive function, making it difficult to focus or remember things. Getting enough sleep also helps regulate emotions and moods to stay productive and energetic throughout the day. 

Sufficient sleep can even help reduce stress levels, which helps to maintain overall physical and mental health.

How a Chiropractor Can Help You Get Better Sleep

Chiropractors are trained to help improve the quality of sleep for their patients. Adjustments to the spine allow you to relax and drift off into a more restful sleep. 

In addition, chiropractic adjustments can help relieve nerve entrapment, leading to better overall circulation and improved muscle tone. This helps create a relaxed state conducive to restful sleep. 

A man is getting chiropractic treatments to help with his insomnia.

Additionally, chiropractors can provide lifestyle advice and tips to help you get a better night's sleep, such as how to structure your day for more efficient rest. And finally, regular visits to the chiropractor could even improve snoring or other breathing issues that may interrupt your sleep.

Spinal Misalignment and Insomnia

Spinal misalignment is one of the leading causes of insomnia. People suffering from spinal misalignments, such as scoliosis or herniated discs, often experience difficulty sleeping due to discomfort and pain. In addition, nerve impingement caused by these conditions can result in inflammation, which can interfere with sleep patterns. 

In many cases, correcting the misalignment can help alleviate the pain and discomfort contributing to insomnia. It is essential to seek professional advice if you are experiencing difficulty sleeping due to spinal misalignment.

Neck Problems and Insomnia

Neck pain is a common source of insomnia, as it can cause discomfort and limit the range of motion when trying to get into a comfortable sleeping position. This discomfort can be exacerbated by stress, making it more difficult for people with neck pain to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night. 

Neck problems can lead to tension headaches and even migraines, which can be disruptive and painful at night. In addition to physical pain, neck issues can also cause psychological distress by contributing to feelings of anxiety which further disrupt sleep.

Why You Should Sleep Better After a Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractors often use various techniques to help people improve their sleep. One of these is spinal manipulation, which can help restore the body's natural balance and reduce muscle tension and stiffness. 

Additionally, the body can be brought into better alignment through chiropractic adjustments, which may help reduce pain and stress and promote better quality sleep. 

Furthermore, chiropractic adjustments can help to regulate hormones that control sleep patterns. Adjusting the spine helps stimulate certain hormones, such as melatonin, which is responsible for inducing sleep. 

Lastly, a chiropractor can advise on lifestyle changes such as nutrition, stress-reduction strategies, and exercise that can help improve sleep. By providing a holistic approach to improving overall health, chiropractors can assist in reducing the risk of a sleep disorder.

Sleeping Tips For Spine Health

A woman is enjoying a blissful nights sleep.

You can do several things while sleeping to improve your overall spine health. For example:

  • Invest in a quality mattress and pillow that supports your spine while you sleep. Selecting a mattress with the right firmness and a pillow with adequate neck support are crucial to reducing back pain during sleep.
  • Sleep on your side or stomach instead of your back. If possible, try to alternate sides when sleeping so your spine can stay in a neutral position.
  • Ensure your neck and lower back are adequately supported by placing a pillow between your knees when sleeping on your side or under your stomach when sleeping on the stomach.
  • Avoid bending or flexing your spine while you sleep, as it can lead to pain and discomfort.
  • Minimize movements during the night by using fewer blankets and pillows.
  • Place a lumbar roll in your lower back for added support.
  • Invest in an ergonomic sleep positioner to help keep your spine aligned while you sleep.
  • Maintain good posture during the day to ensure your spine is adequately supported when sleeping at night.


By helping to relieve any underlying causes of insomnia, chiropractic care can provide an effective solution for improving sleep.

When looking for a chiropractor to help you with your insomnia, it is essential to do your research. Check out reviews of local chiropractors and get referrals from friends or family members who have used them before. 

Ask questions about the chiropractor's experience in treating patients with insomnia and inquire about their methods for determining the best treatment plan for your individual needs. Ensure the chiropractor is certified, qualified, and licensed to practice in your area. It's also a good idea to visit the office for an initial consultation to see if you feel comfortable with the doctor and their staff.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

How Can We Help You?

Let’s Find a Clinic Near You!
Accident Care Chiropractic logo.

© 2024 Accident Care Chiropractic | Hablamos Español

Located in: North Portland, NE Portland, SE Portland, Gresham, Clackamas, Oregon City, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, Forest Grove, Woodburn,
McMinnville, Keizer, Salem, South Salem, Bend, Vancouver, Hazel Dell, East Vancouver, Pasco, Kennewick.

We Specialize in Car Accident Treatment & Recovery

Home | About Us | Testimonials | Blog | Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Services | Locations | Contact Us

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram