A good night’s sleep is vital to our general health and wellbeing. When we are sleeping, our bodies are able to heal and rejuvenate. Not getting enough sleep can play havoc with our mood and general wellbeing. We become irritable, unhealthy and unable to focus.
Lack of sleep caused for a variety of reasons, such as drinking too much caffeine, maintaining a poor diet or feeling stress. However, the most common cause is pain and discomfort.
If pain and discomfort are preventing you from sleeping, there are a number of steps you can do to help improve the situation:
Check your sleeping position
You should sleep in the position that minimises the stress on the spine.
Sleeping on your stomach with your head turned outwards is by far the worst sleeping position. This pose twists the spine, placing a lot of tension on the neck and shoulders which may lead to long-term pain and discomfort. The sleeping position which places the least amount of stress on your spine is lying flat on your back or alternatively, sleeping on your side.
If you find that you are turning you head when lying on flat on your back, you should try sleeping on your side instead. Turning your head places more stress on the neck area and may lead to further irritation.
Is your mattress right for you?
When it comes to mattresses, the general rule of thumb is the firmer, the better. Your mattress should support your spine and keep your body in good alignment.
However, what is right for one person will not be right for another. As you can imagine, the support needed by a 16 stone man will be different to of a 9 stone woman.
To test if a mattress is right for your body, lie on your side, and check if your spine runs parallel to the mattress. If your spine is sagging, the mattress is too soft. If your spine is bowing then the mattress is too firm.
Is your pillow supportive enough?
Your pillow should be supportive, comfortable but not too firm. It should allow your neck to be a continuation of your straight spine. Pillows that are too high or too low misalign your neck and spine and may cause aches and irritation.
Visit a chiropractor at Halsa Care UK
If the pain is chronic or persists for a long period of time, please contact one of Halsa Care’s centres. Our experienced chiropractors will offer you a drug-free, non-invasive treatment which is specific to your body. After the treatment, you will be able to fall asleep quicker, dream deeper and wake up feeling refreshed and energised!
Posted on4th September 2015 By Admin | Blog