Everyone is familiar with the unpleasantness of a sleepless night: you toss and turn, feel restless, and just can’t stay asleep. The worst part is that you feel the effects the next day, too. Every parent knows the only thing worse than not getting a good night’s sleep is having kids who aren’t getting their rest. Fussy sleepers can have tiresome effects for the whole family, and it doesn’t take many sleepless nights for you to feel like you’d try anything at all to reverse course and get back to sleep. Parents know all too well what they can expect when their kids don’t sleep: mood swings, behavioral issues, lack of concentration, and so much more.
Just like adults, the reasons that babies and children struggle to sleep are varied. They may have trouble falling asleep, may struggle with staying asleep, or their quality of sleep might be getting disrupted by something. And while some causes of sleeplessness are just part of growing up, it’s important to make sure you’re dealing with difficulty sleeping in your children, as long-term sleep issues can lead to delays in hitting developmental milestones, behavioral problems, and so on.
There are, of course, habitual and behavioral issues to take stock of and address when analyzing why your child isn’t sleeping. Things like diet, activity level, sleep training, and nighttime routines are helpful to get children sleeping well on their own. But when these seem to be in place and your child still won’t sleep, there could be underlying causes. Children who suffer from hormonal imbalances, asthma, allergies, ADHD, or other diagnoses might be suffering in the sleep department as well. No matter the issue, chiropractic care aims to get to the root cause of discomfort and suffering.
Babies and children not sleeping are common woes that chiropractors help with all the time. When it comes to symptom relief, chiropractic care is a one-two punch to address potentially unknown underlying issues and, as an added bonus work, to relieve symptoms such as trouble sleeping. Chiropractic care targets spinal misalignments that can impact your nervous system. The relationship between the two can be complicated, but studies indicate that through gentle and specific adjustments, chiropractic care can be a natural, safe, and effective way to restore balance and improve your child’s quality of sleep.
Dr. Cary Gentry has built his practice and reputation on offering chiropractic care to families. He’s seen firsthand the difference that chiropractic adjustments can make for his practice members in Bozeman, Montana and beyond. At Waypoint Chiropractic, Dr. Gentry understands that chiropractic adjustments to correct misalignments can have many encouraging ripple effects. There have even been some encouraging studies that show that for colicky babies, chiropractic adjustments can offer hope in the form of decreased crying.
If you’re looking for a Bozeman chiropractor to help with natural and effective ways to improve your child’s sleep health, look no further than Waypoint Chiropractic. Book an appointment with Dr. Gentry today to get your family’s sleep schedule back on track.
Alcantara, J., Anderson, R. “Chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with symptoms associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease, fuss-cry-irritability with sleep disorder syndrome and irritable infant syndrome of musculoskeletal origin.” Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 2008 Dec; 52(4): 248–255. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2597889/
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