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Stressful Days and Sleepless Nights

By Stephen R. Farris

When we're under a great deal of stress, our lives can become topsy-turvy to the point it upsets our normal, daily balance. We may not feel like facing our work day, or going to school most mornings, or for that matter, coming back home in the afternoon and evenings. It could be a number of things triggering our stress levels to a high point, or it could simply be the fact we're not getting a restful night's sleep.

Stress can also cause problems with the way we sleep too. Fact of the matter, we may end up all over the place in bed because we're restless and irritable, and could find ourselves waking up to a sore neck or back pain. So what can we do? Here's a few helpful suggestions that might ease those restless, stressful nights and help you get the rest you need.

Try Sleeping on Your Side

This is good if you do happen to experience pain in your lower back. You can also relieve pressure on your back and joints by using a pillow placed between the knees while sleeping in this position.

Go Fetal

Sleeping in the fetal position, with your knees tucked in toward your chest may help give comfort if you are having back issues, such as a herniated disc. It'll help to open the space between your vertebrae.

Sleeping on Your Belly

Not always the most prescribed position, but if you place a pillow under your torso, it can help relieve back stress, especially if you have a degenerative disc disease.

Try Sleeping on Your Back

Sleeping on your back with a pillow or wedge under your knees can help by reducing those pressure points as your weight will be greatly distributed more evenly in this position.

Reclined Position

Sometimes you may have to resort to the old recliner if your mattress just isn't doing the trick, or you can lie in bed and use a few extra pillows or a big wedge to give the same effect. This position is good for people who may suffer from isthmic spondylolisthesis. If you own an adjustable bed, then you're one step ahead.

Talk with your local chiropractor to see what tips and suggestions they can offer to help you with sleep and stress reduction.  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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