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What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing poor-quality sleep. People with insomnia often have trouble initiating or maintaining sleep, and they may wake up too early in the morning, feeling unrefreshed. This can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and other negative effects on daily functioning.

What are the types of insomnia?

Insomnia can be classified into two main types: acute and chronic. Acute insomnia is usually brief and occurs in response to a specific event or circumstance, such as stress, travel, or changes in the sleep environment. Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, lasts for at least three nights a week and persists for three months or longer.

What is the difference between chronic and acute Insomnia?


Acute Insomnia

Chronic Insomnia


Short-term: Lasts for a few nights to a few weeks

Long-term: Persists for at least three nights a week that lasts more than 3 months or even longer


Specific events or circumstances (e.g., stress, travel)

Multiple causes, including medical conditions, psychological factors, and lifestyle habits


Occasional episodes

Frequent, ongoing sleep difficulties


Temporary disruptions

Persistent impact on daily functioning and overall well-being


Appropriate self-care practices and lifestyle modifications

Comprehensive evaluation and management to address underlying factors


What are the symptoms of insomnia?

The symptoms of insomnia can vary from person to person, but here are some common signs and symptoms:

  1. Difficulty falling asleep at night: People with insomnia often struggle to initiate sleep and may spend a long time lying in bed before falling asleep.

  2. Trouble staying asleep: Insomnia can cause individuals to wake up frequently during the night and have difficulty getting back to sleep, resulting in fragmented sleep.

  3. Waking up too early: Individuals with insomnia may wake up earlier than desired and find it challenging to go back to sleep, which might lead to daytime fatigue and sleepiness.

  4. Non-restorative sleep: Despite spending an adequate amount of time in bed, individuals with insomnia often feel unrefreshed and tired upon waking up.

  5. Daytime fatigue and sleepiness: Insomnia can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating and feeling tired throughout the day.

  6. Irritability and mood disturbances: Insomnia can contribute to irritability, mood swings, and feelings of frustration.

  7. Cognitive difficulties: Insufficient sleep can impact cognitive function, leading to problems with memory, attention, concentration, and decision-making.

  8. Increased anxiety and depression symptoms: Insomnia is often associated with heightened anxiety levels and symptoms of depression.

  9. Tension headaches: Some individuals with insomnia may experience tension headaches, which can be caused by disrupted sleep patterns.

  10. Gastrointestinal symptoms: Insomnia can be accompanied by digestive issues like indigestion, heartburn, or an upset stomach.

What are the complications from insomnia?

Insomnia, if left untreated or chronic, can lead to various complications that can affect both physical and mental health. Here are some potential complications associated with insomnia:

  1. Daytime fatigue and reduced alertness: Insomnia causes persistent tiredness, lack of energy, and difficulty staying focused during the day.

  2. Impaired performance and productivity: Insufficient sleep impairs cognitive function, decision-making, and task performance, leading to decreased productivity.

  3. Mental health disorders (anxiety, depression): Insomnia is linked to increased anxiety, depression symptoms, and can worsen these conditions.

  4. Increased risk of accidents and injuries: Sleep deprivation from insomnia impairs judgment, attention, and reaction times, raising the risk of accidents.

  5. Weakened immune system, higher susceptibility to infections: Chronic sleep disturbances weaken the immune system, making individuals more vulnerable to infections.

  6. Cardiovascular problems (hypertension, heart disease, stroke): Insomnia is associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

  7. Hormonal imbalances, potential weight gain, and metabolic issues: Insufficient sleep disrupts hormones regulating appetite, metabolism, potentially increase the risk of overweight or obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes
  8. Breathing problems such as asthma may occur or worsen due to chronic insomnia

It is essential to seek medical attention if you experience persistent insomnia symptoms and complications. A healthcare professional can help identify the underlying causes and provide appropriate treatment strategies to improve sleep and overall well-being.

The common causes of insomnia:

Insomnia, a common sleep disorder, can stem from a variety of factors, often resulting from a combination of influences. This condition is characterized by difficulties in falling asleep, staying asleep, or obtaining restful sleep. While the causes of insomnia can vary among individuals, understanding its underlying factors is crucial in effectively addressing and managing its symptoms.

  1. Stress and anxiety: High levels of stress, work, pressure, financial worries, or emotional upheaval can trigger insomnia. Anxiety can also disrupt sleep patterns.

  2. Poor sleep habits: Irregular sleep schedule, inconsistent bedtime routine, excessive napping, or engaging in stimulating activities close to bedtime can disrupt the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.

  3. Environmental factors: Noisy or uncomfortable sleep environment, excessive noise and light, extreme temperatures, or disruptions from shift work, traveling often to different time zones

  4. Medical conditions: Underlying medical conditions such as chronic pain, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal issues, hormonal imbalances, or neurological disorders.

  5. Mental health disorders: Conditions like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or bipolar disorder.

  6. Medications and substances: Certain medications, including antidepressants, stimulants, and corticosteroids, can disrupt sleep. Additionally, substances such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can interfere with sleep quality and duration.

  7. Lifestyle factors: Poor sleep hygiene, lack of physical activity, excessive use of electronic devices before bed, and consuming large meals or fluids close to bedtime.

  8. Sleep disorders: Conditions such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome (RLS), or periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). 

  9. Aging: Insomnia can develop at any age but chances of having it increase as getting older.This may be due to factors such as changes in circadian rhythm, increased medical conditions, or medication use

Do i need to see a doctor for insomnia? When should I see a doctor?

Whether or not you need to see a doctor for insomnia depends on several factors, including the severity and duration of your sleep difficulties and the impact they have on your daily life. In general, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional if:

  1. Insomnia persists for more than a few weeks.

  2. Daytime functioning is significantly affected.

  3. If you have underlying health conditions or you suspect certain medications you are taking that may contribute to sleep difficulties 

  4. Insomnia causes distress or negative impact on your overall quality of life

  5. Self-help strategies haven’t been effective.

A healthcare professional, such as a primary care physician or a sleep specialist, can evaluate your symptoms, assess potential underlying causes of your insomnia, and recommend appropriate treatment options. They may also consider conducting a sleep study or referring you to a sleep clinic for further evaluation if necessary.

What are the treatments for insomnia?

The treatment for insomnia typically involves a combination of addressing the underlying causes of sleep disturbances and adopting healthy sleep habits. Here are common treatment approaches for insomnia:

  1. Sleep hygiene education: Improving sleep habits and routines. Practice and maintain a consistent sleep schedule, creating a comfortable sleep environment.

  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I): Addressing negative thoughts and behaviors affecting sleep, establishing regular sleep patterns.

  3. Medications: Short-term use of sleep aids, if necessary.

  4. Addressing underlying health conditions: Treating or managing contributing medical or psychiatric conditions.

  5. Stress and anxiety management: Techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.

  6. Sleep environment optimization: Creating a conducive sleep environment.

  7. Lifestyle modifications: Healthy habits like exercise, diet, and avoiding stimulants.

  8. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Exploring treatments such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, or other TCM approaches.

  9. Chiropractic care: Seeking chiropractic adjustments or manipulations to address any underlying musculoskeletal issues that may contribute to insomnia.

Is chiropractic treatment good for insomnia? Should i see a chiropractor?

Chiropractors can develop a personalized treatment plan that may include chiropractic adjustments, lifestyle modifications, and other complementary approaches to promote better sleep.

Here are some points to consider when deciding whether to see a chiropractor for insomnia:

  1. Pain reduction: Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate musculoskeletal pain that may disrupt sleep.

  2. Stress reduction: Stress and anxiety are common causes of insomnia. Chiropractors recognize the importance of managing stress and use various relaxation techniques to help patients achieve a state of calmness and reduce sleep-disrupting anxiety. Chiropractic care can help to relax the body and alleviate physical stress that contribute to insomnia, thus promoting better sleep.

  3. Nervous system regulation: Misalignment or subluxations in the spine can lead to nerve interference, which can trigger physiological responses that negatively impact sleep pattern. By addressing spinal misalignments, chiropractic adjustments may optimize the functioning of the nervous system, potentially improving sleep quality.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of chiropractic care for insomnia may vary from person to person. If considering chiropractic treatment for insomnia, it is advisable to consult with a qualified chiropractor who can evaluate your specific condition, provide appropriate recommendations, and discuss potential benefits and limitations of treatment. 

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Healing Hands Chiropractic has been in the industry for 12 years and has a team of experienced chiropractors dedicated to helping patients with pain relief and management. We are experienced in relieving tensions and are able to help you to manage the pain using holistic and effective means. Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore is one of the most reviewed and trustable chiropractic clinic. With over 1600+ five star reviews and real before vs after patients photos, you can entrust us with your health!

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What To Expect During Your 1st Visit

Identifying postural imbalances to detect any differences in weight between the right and the left sides of the body, alignment from our head all the way down
to our hips. 
Tyron thermographic spinal scan helps to measure the muscle temperature around the spine. It detects areas with the greater temperature where muscles are working harder due to poor posture.

1-on-1 consultation with our Chiropractors with a detailed review of your health history.

Our Chiropractor will investigate and educate you on the necessary steps forward in reaching your health goals.

Our Chiropractors will perform a series of range of motion tests to determine your current body condition and an adjustment will be administered if deemed 
clinically safe to do so.

Our Chiropractors will use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled  force to the spinal joints. “Crack” or “Pop” sound may occur as your spine gets manipulated. Do not be alarmed, as the adjustment releases trapped gasses from your joints.

X-Rays will be prescribed so that we can accurately diagnose your condition before prescribing a customized treatment program. It is also for your safety and for us to rule out any possible underlying conditions that cannot be treated by Chiropractic.

The review of your X-rays is complimentary at your following visit if you take up the X-rays with our preferred diagnostic partners.

Frequently Asked Questions

A chiropractor provides non-invasive treatments with the benefits of spinal adjustments and realigning the joints to improve the system and function throughout the body.

In general, chiropractors believe in the ability of the body to self-heal through Chiropractic adjustment with the help of modalities such as the Flexion distraction table, E-stim, Denneroll, and functional exercises. They also utilize various other treatment modalities such as ultrasound, bodywork, etc. to get patients back to health. 


We recommend seeing one if you are experiencing any discomfort, pains or aches in your muscles or joints. Check out the list of conditions we treat here.

Most importantly, do not wait until you are experiencing pain or worse, numbness to see a chiropractor. Often, pain is the last thing that shows up but the first to go away after chiropractic treatment.

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Chiropractic adjustment should not be painful. However, in some instances when the injury is either acute (happened recently) or sub-acute(on the road to recovery), the muscles and ligaments may prove to be guarded or sensitive to the touch, these are some exceptions.

A thorough examination of your complaints and conditions can alleviate any concerns that you may have.

It is a very safe & accurate thermographic scanner that scans the full spine or segmental parts of the spine in approximately 15 seconds. The Tytron detects areas of asymmetry as well as indicate areas with greater temperature due to acute soft tissue damage.

The Tytron scanner uses precision sensors, speciality lenses and a unique focusing system to give the chiropractor the most accurate and repeatable information available. You will be given a print out of your result on the first visit.

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X-rays are recommended if you want to take care of your condition holistically and to get to the root of the issues. It is also for the patients safety and for us to rule out any possible underlying conditions that cannot be treated by Chiropractic adjustment. Just like your regular health check up, X-rays serve to give you and the chiropractor an insight to your spinal health as our naked eyes can only tell a rough story.

Our Chiropractors will use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled force to the spinal joints.

A “Crack” or “Pop” sound may occur as your spine gets manipulated. Do not be alarmed, as the adjustment releases trapped gasses from your joints.

Yes, we have both Male and Female Chiropractors at Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore.
Our Female Chiropractors are stationed at Healing Hands Ang Mo Kio.and Healing Hands Bedok

All our Chiropractors believe in personalised care supported by time-tested techniques enhanced with the most efficient time frame. All our Chiropractors embody our 3 core values; Care For Patient, Integrity and Attention to Detail.

Yes, neck adjustments are a very safe treatment when performed by chiropractors as they are trained in the correct techniques to manipulate the joints safely. Healing Hands chiropractors also ensure that it is clinically safe enough for the adjustment before they perform it. This is also one of the reason why X-rays are required before more customised treatment can be done to ensure that your body is able to receive it.

The benefits of getting chiropractic treatment helps with reducing pain and increase joint mobility. We’ve written an article all about it here

There also seems to be a lot of concern about the safety of getting adjusted by a chiropractor. However, when done by a professional chiropractor, spinal manipulation and Chiropractic care are generally considered safe, and effective treatments for acute pain.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore has been treating thousands of patients since 2010 and many have benefited from it.

We hope to tell people more about chiropractic so that more can come to understand and appreciate how chiropractors can help with the various conditions for the people in Singapore.ut chiropractic so that people can understand and appreciate Chiropractic.

According to MOH, there are currently 150 chiropractors in Singapore. Choosing the most effective chiropractor for you may be challenging.

That is why we have written an article about 5 ways to find a good Chiropractor. In short,
1) Know your own health goals.
2) Integrity and confidence of the Chiropractor.
3) Word of mouth or reviews about the Chiropractor.
4) Clinical competency and experience of the Chiropractors.
5) The willingness of the Chiropractor to refer out.

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