19 Feb Osteopathy for Insomnia
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder with which people experience trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting good sleep quality. People with insomnia find that it affects their daily lives and activities. Sufferers often feel sleepy during the day, and this condition can also cause people to feel more depressed, anxious or irritable.
Insomnia can be short-term or long-term. Short-term insomnia is usually caused by stress or changes in routine or environment. This can last a few days or weeks. Long-term insomnia (chronic insomnia) can be caused by various factors, and can happen three or more nights a week or can last for more than three months. Insomnia has been shown to affect memory and concentration, whilst chronic insomnia increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease. In order to diagnose insomnia, speak to a healthcare provider and try to keep a sleep log or diary.
Common causes of insomnia include mental health factors, such as depression, stress and anxiety. Additionally, too much noise or other uncomfortable environmental factors can further exacerbate insomnia. Having a poor diet, a high alcohol, nicotine or caffeine consumption, has also been linked to insomnia.
Symptoms of Insomnia:
- Not being able to fall asleep. People who have insomnia may lie awake for a long time before being able to fall asleep. This symptom is widespread among young adults.
- Waking too early in the morning and not being able to fall back to sleep again.
- Only being able to sleep for short amounts of time. Many people experience regularly waking during the night or being awake for most of the night. This is the most common symptom and mainly affects older adults.
- Poor-quality sleep.
- Feeling sleepy throughout the day or waking up feeling unrefreshed. You may also experience trouble focusing on daily tasks.
How Can Osteopathy Help?
Osteopathy uses a holistic approach to treat insomnia through a variety of specialised treatment techniques chosen according to the patient’s needs and lifestyle. Here at OsteoVision, we can help you identify underlying reasons why you may be suffering from insomnia, and help provide detailed and helpful advice on how to fix the condition. Our team of highly trained osteopaths will create a treatment plan that is specific and unique to you and this will depend on your diagnosis, age and fitness level.
Treatment may include techniques and tools to promote relaxation through stretching, massage or strengthening of muscles. Our approach will help create a balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. This is because a balanced central nervous system allows the body to rest and get a deeper sleep. Osteopathic sessions will help to eliminate restrictions or blockages in the nervous system, using natural and safe techniques, in order to promote better sleeping patterns and increase energy levels throughout the day.
Osteopathic Approach to Insomnia – Jung, J.Y., (no date). Available at: https://nationalacademyofosteopathy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Osteopathic-Approach-to-Insomnia.pdf
What is insomnia? National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (no date). Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/insomnia#:~:text=Insomnia%20is%20a%20common%20sleep,feel%20sleepy%20during%20the%20day