Protect Your Back All Night Long: Spinal Health While You Sleep

Last night, I tossed and turned for hours before finally slipping off to a restless sleep. If last night were a one night thing, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Unfortunately, however, this scenario is becoming more and more common not only for me, but for people everywhere. Sleep is one of our most valuable assets, and yet, it’s sometimes one of the hardest things to come by. In order to get better sleep, check out these tips that keep your whole body in a better state of relaxation and rest.

Buy the Right Pillow

My husband used to have a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t fall asleep; he couldn’t stay asleep; and he hurt when he woke up. Every. Single. Day.

After a trip to the chiropractor, he was recommended a very specific pillow that was supposed to enable him to sleep better. He was skeptic. A pillow? Seriously, that was it? After one night on this pillow, he was a skeptic no longer. While you may not need this special pillow, finding the right one can help you sleep better and more comfortably while protecting your spine. A pillow that keeps the neck too high or too low can put pressure on the spine. Try to find a pillow that supports neck and back health. Try some out and choose the most comfortable. If you have any questions, a chiropractor may be able to point you in the right direction.

Keep a Supportive Mattress

Did you know that the average length that people sleep on a mattress is over 10 years? That’s crazy! We sleep on the same mattress, wearing it in the same spot, digging a hole for our bodies for over 10 years. No wonder we can’t keep our backs healthy! Try maintaining your spinal health by keeping your mattress in check. Flip your current mattress so that it wears evenly. When it just isn’t comfortable anymore, throw it out and buy a new one. Don’t let your mattress keep you awake. Take care of your mattress to take care of your health.

Chiropractic Care

You can’t do this while you’re sleeping, but seeing a chiropractor regularly can really help you sleep better. Chiropractors may be able to use spinal manipulation in order to align the spine and keep your back in working order. A misaligned spine can cause pain and general discomfort, both of which can lead to a poor quality of sleep. Let a chiropractor align your spine and improve all aspects of your health and well being.

To get chiropractic care, you can walk into The Joint...the Chiropractic Place at anytime. Walk-in appointments make it easier than ever to speak with a chiropractor. If you’re struggling to get sleep, a chiropractor at The Joint may be able to align your spine and allow for a healthier body. Get to The Joint for the care you need starting today.

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