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Lack of Sleep Can Be Irritating

By Stephen R. Farris

Why do I feel so drained? That's a question most of us ask ourselves at some point during our lifetime. More likely, the question arises in the morning when we wake up. The culprit could be from not getting a good night's sleep, probably from tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable but can't. Or it could be from using the wrong type of sleeping position too. Noises can also contribute to less sleep, especially if you live near a busy section of town or if your neighbor has a dog that barks every time the wind blows.

If you find yourself not getting enough sleep, feeling drained when you wake or it hits you during the day at work, then you might try a few tips to help you get the rest you need and deserve.

Choose Your Position

To help take less stress off your joints and back, try sleeping on your side. Use a knee pillow if needed to add even more joint relief. If you're a back sleeper you still need to protect the curvature of your spine, so it might be a good idea to use a knee pillow and/or a rolled up towel placed under your lower back too. One of the worst sleep positions is on your stomach, so try to avoid that one all together.

Check Your Mattress

Losing sleep could also be attributed to a worn out mattress or the wrong type of mattress. It might be time for a new investment. When going mattress shopping, find one that's comfortable, yet supportive. Most all furniture and mattress dealers will allow you to sit or lie down on them to test them out. Another thing you might do is change out you pillow. They also come in different styles, soft, medium and firm. 

Try the Soothing Sounds of Nature

If your lack of sleep comes from an overactive mind, then try some relaxation exercises to turn off your brain, or at least calm it down enough to enjoy slumber. Too much outside noise? Try a sound machine or find an app on your smartphone that features calming sounds of nature, like a gentle breeze, ocean waves, the sound of rain and even a thunderstorm. 

If nothing seems to help, try visiting your local chiropractor and talk to them about the problems you're having trying to sleep. After listening to what you have to say, they may suggest you try chiropractic treatment. A simple spinal adjustment may be the cure you need to get back to a restful night of sleep.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Melbourne, Fla.

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