A Chiropractor's Guide to Sleeping
By Brandi Swieter
Sleep is necessary for everyone, but not every person sleeps correctly to make it the most beneficial for the mind and body. Most people wouldn’t think there was a wrong way to sleep, but there actually can be, proven by the fact that some individuals wake up with more pain than they went to bed with. Chiropractors offer specific advice on how best to head to sleep so people can wake up well rested and pain-free.
Deep Breathing and Stretching
Sometimes, the muscles can feel tense and sore even while lying in bed. Doing some deep breathing exercises, as well as stretching, will help to relax the tension and release the muscles. This practice will promote better sleep soon after.
Choosing the Right Mattress
Most people realize that a comfortable mattress is going to prevent their back from hurting. What many fail to understand is what, exactly, the “right” mattress entails. That answer is different for everyone, as each person needs to sleep on a bed that has the optimal comfort level for them. Some prefer a firm mattress while others need a softer surface to fall asleep. Try out a few options before settling. It’s always important to remember that mattresses need to be flipped every so often so there is even wear and tear on all sides. They also do not last forever and should be replaced every eight years at the very least.
Choosing the Right Pillow
Even if the mattress is correct and comfortable, people can still have trouble sleeping if they don’t have the right pillow. The same rule applies, where each person is going to find what is right for them. Some need a firm pillow while others enjoy a soft pillow. Memory foam is a great option. One that is too soft or too firm for a person can allow neck and spine soreness to set in easily.
Follow these tips for improved sleep to get a great night’s rest. Those who do still wake up sore in the morning should head into The Joint Chiropractic for an evaluation. Some joint restrictions throughout the body could be the culprit for pain and poor sleep, so getting them worked out will be a huge help. Continue to follow these tips after for continued rest night after night.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.