Sleep disruption isn’t pleasant for anyone, but when it occurs in children, there is a huge ripple effect that the entire family feels. Not only is the child tired, but he or she may have behavioral issues due to exhaustion and the parents who are woken at night are also grumpier because they’re tired and frustrated.

While some sleep disruption may be learned behavior, such as when a child is never taught how to self-soothe at night or when waking multiple times to climb in bed with mom and dad isn’t stopped early on, some children simply have problems staying asleep all night even though they may be tired.

Correction of Sleep Disruption through Chiropractic

Sleep disruption is an incredibly common complaint among parents of children and is one that chiropractors deal with regularly. Problems falling asleep and problems staying asleep both fall into the category of sleep disruption, and while some additional steps may be necessary to promote healthy sleep habits, chiropractic can be extremely beneficial in ridding children and parents of childhood and adolescent sleep problems.

While some sleep disruption may be caused by a simple misalignment in the spine that affects hormones, other issues may be involved as well. If a child is suffering from asthma, ADHD, anxiety, or other ailments, one resulting factor of these conditions may include sleep disruptions. Chiropractic adjustments seek to get to the root of any problem that a child has, whether it stems from a basic hormonal imbalance or something more obvious.

Case Studies Showing Improved Sleep in Children from Chiropractic Care

One case study followed a young girl who was suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome, scoliosis, and sleep disruption. She received chiropractic adjustments in addition to craniosacral therapy, movement therapy, and nutritional therapy, and her health goals included strength building, coordination improvement, behavioral development, and more. Within six months of beginning chiropractic care, the patient had less severe scoliosis, less anxiety, more focused, and more balanced. She also slept more soundly and had less fatigue, more energy, and less irritability during the day.

Another study looked at an infant whose parents cited gastroesophageal reflux, interrupted sleep, excessive gas, frequent vomiting, regular crying, breastfeeding troubles, plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome), and torticollis. Within four appointments, the infant being adjusted at each, significant improvement was noted in each of the previous symptoms, and within three months of care, complete resolution of all symptoms had occurred.


If your child is dealing with sleep disruptions, know that there is help available. A drug-free approach to whole body healthcare is available with local Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Grant Lisetor. Dr. Grant of Greater Life Chiropractic is the leading pediatric chiropractor in Charlotte and he would love the opportunity to speak with you and your family today about any issues you may be facing and how you can better your health.

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