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Sleeping Solutions That Support Spinal Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people are aware of the importance of getting the right amount and quality of sleep. When sleep suffers, so too does general health, focus, aches and pains, and mental wellness. And surprisingly to many, poor quality sleep may also be one of the big contributors to ongoing pain in the back. But in all seriousness, what are we to do? Improving sleeping habits may be one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish, but it’s also one of the most beneficial. Take a look at these simple sleeping solutions that are meant to support the spine and leave you in better health than ever before.

New Pillow, New Mattress, Optimal Comfort

Most are guilty of this bad habit. We hang onto items such as mattresses and pillows for far longer than we should. But we sleep on these things every single night; they definitely get worn out! When it’s possible, replace mattresses and pillows … and because of the low cost, especially the pillows. Both should be comfortable, but also supportive. If they sag too much or are too soft, it can be difficult to provide adequate support for the spine as well as the body as a whole.

It’s All About the Position

It’s tough to sleep in any certain position. After all, once we fall asleep, most of us have no idea what’s happening to our bodies. But it can be helpful to begin in a spine friendly position. Try sleeping on the side, with the head on a supportive pillow, and a pillow between bent knees. This caters to the spine, holding it in an optimal position for both rest and support while sleeping.

Technology Belongs Elsewhere

It’s so tempting to take the smartphone or laptop or iPad into the bed. These devices have basically taken the place of the TV in the bedroom ... except that in many cases, we do both. Technology has its time, place, and purpose, and the bedroom is not one of them! Using any such device while trying to sleep promotes poor posture, staying awake longer than necessary, and generally far less quality sleep. If possible, leave these devices out of the bedroom to protect the back, the body, and the mind as well.

Along with changing sleeping habits, protecting the back can be done with ongoing chiropractic care. Chiropractors may be able to reduce or eliminate restrictions in the vertebrae of the spine, which can then eliminate pain and stiffness. They may also be able to give you other lifestyle tips for improving back health a little every day. If chiropractic care sounds like an avenue worth exploring, visit with chiropractors at The Joint. Professional and friendly chiropractors, walk-in visits, and affordable pricing are part of the experience every time. Protect your back and feel better than ever beginning with a quick trip to The Joint as soon as today.

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

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