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INSOMNIA & SLEEP DISORDERS

DESCRIPTION

Types of sleep disorders include insomnia, hypersomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy, to name a few.

  • Insomnia is the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one of more of the following: difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, and/or unrefreshing sleep.

  • Hypersomnia is extreme sleepiness with excessive periods of sleep and difficulty awakening.

  • Patients with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, causing them to awaken frequently. Once awakened, breathing resumes.

  • Narcolepsy is excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness even after adequate nighttime sleep hours where a person may require many naps throughout the day lasting a few minutes or hours.

HOW IUCCA UPPER CERVICAL CARE RELATES TO INSOMNIA/SLEEP DISORDERS

Evidence supports that trauma (in particular mild concussive injury to the head, neck or upper back) precedes the onset of sleep disorders, such as insomnia, hypersomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy, in certain cases.1-16 Following the trauma, sleep disorders can be triggered immediately or can take months or years to develop. Insomnia is frequently associated with depression, which is also linked to head trauma in medical literature.17-57

The purpose of IUCCA upper cervical care is to reverse the trauma-induced upper neck injury; thereby reducing irritation to the injured nerves in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). While many sleep disorder sufferers recall specific traumas such as head injuries, auto accidents or falls, some do not. An upper cervical examination utilizing Laser-aligned Radiography and Digital Infrared Imaging is necessary in each individual's case to assess whether an upper cervical injury is present and whether benefit from IUCCA upper cervical care can be achieved.

CASE STUDIES

Insomnia / Sleep Disorders Case Studies

RESEARCH ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

"Treatment of Bipolar, Seizure, and Sleep Disorders and Migraine Headaches Utilizing a Chiropractic Technique" by Erin L. Elster, DC. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. March 2004.

"Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Nine-Year-Old Male with Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Asthma, Insomnia, and Headaches: A Case Report" by Erin Elster, DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. July 2003.

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