Sleep Problems and Migraines in Schaumburg Illinois
Migraines have the potential to cause significant disruptions in the lives of those who experience them, either episodically or on a more chronic basis. While most people are aware that certain foods such as chocolate or drinks such as red wine can trigger a migraine, it is perhaps lesser known that sleep habits may also create the conditions under which a migraine can develop. For migraine suffers, it is important to understand how a proper sleep routine may help provide some relief.
Sleep problems have the ability to cause migraines due to imbalances in neurotransmitters, namely dopamine and serotonin, created when quality sleep is not attained. It is in the deepest stages of sleep that the necessary production of serotonin and dopamine is allowed to take place. In migraine sufferers, studies have shown that insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality is a contributing factor to the frequency of migraine episodes.
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The nervous system is responsible for coordinating the function of all body systems, including the endocrine system that produces the neurotransmitters mentioned above. The role of an upper cervical chiropractor is to assess the alignment of the uppermost vertebrae of the spine, the Atlas (C1) and the Axis (C2). These two unique bones have a direct impact on the functioning of the brain stem and the nervous system as a whole. A misalignment in this area has the potential to compromise proper nerve function and can be a major contributing factor in the development of migraines.
For people in the Shaumburg area seeking a natural approach to migraine relief, upper cervical chiropractor Dr. Barone provides a means to uncover the root cause of many people’s migraines. Through a highly specialized analysis, migraine and headache specialist Dr. Barone is able to locate specific misalignments, called subluxations, of the top two spinal segments. He is then able to attain proper alignment, leading to restoration of proper nerve function. In addition to transforming sleep habits, such as eliminating caffeine and limiting use of electronics before bedtime, it is important to correct any interference to nervous system function through a specific upper cervical adjustment.
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