Migraines can rob people of their energy, quality of life, and time spent with family and friends. Even if migraines happen once in a while, they are still debilitating. However, some people have them as often as 15 times during a month’s time. It is important to identify triggers so as to cut back on the occurrence and severity of migraines. Some commonly known triggers are red wine and chocolate. However, a trigger rarely thought about is sleep deprivation.
For the body to get enough sleep, it must produce the chemicals dopamine and serotonin in the proper amounts. To reach the right amount, the body must get into deep sleep stage. An imbalance in the neurotransmitters of the body can occur if one is not sleeping enough, leading to problems with the production of these chemicals. This can cause a migraine.
The central nervous system plays a vital role in regulating the endocrine system and telling it when to release neurotransmitters and how often. The brainstem is part of the central nervous system and is located in the same area as the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A misalignment in either of these bones can wreak havoc on the central nervous system and may be an underlying cause of migraine headaches.
Where to Find Help for Migraines
Asbury Family Chiropractic in Dubuque, IA offers migraine patients natural, pain-free help for migraines. By using a method that is both gentle and precise, we target the location of the misalignment and encourage the bones to move back into place naturally. Once the bones realign, the systems of the body that were negatively affected can begin to function better. Our patients report improvement in the amount and intensity of migraines they experience. Some have seen their migraines go away and not return.
Along with a properly aligned spine, proper sleep patterns are vital to one’s overall health. Avoiding caffeine late in the day or using a mobile device at night (interfering with melatonin production) can hinder one’ sleep. Strive to avoid these things to help the body function at its best.