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Seek Chiropractic Advice During Better Sleep Month

By Brandi Goodman 

May is Better Sleep Month. Now is the perfect time to learn some chiropractic advice on just how you can get a better night's rest each time your head hits the pillow. You can continue to use these tips throughout the month of May and for the remainder of the year as you attempt to get more rest and improve your health and well-being. 

Place a Pillow Between Your Knees

Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees is one of the best options for keeping the spine safe as you sleep. Some may not feel comfortable in a side sleeping position because their knees touch. The pillow between them will prevent this problem. A pillow underneath the knees as you sleep on your back is also a possibility. This keeps the normal curve of the spine. 

Get an Ergonomic Pillow

It is not advised to purchase any regular pillow from the store. Many are too bulky, causing the head to rise farther than it should. An ergonomic pillow offers extra support for the neck so you do not wake with pain in the neck or shoulders. 

Stick With Mattress Replace Patterns

Mattresses need to be replaced every 5-7 years. A mattress that feels bumpy, sunken in, or otherwise uncomfortable should be replaced sooner. If you stick to these replace patterns, then you are more likely to continue getting proper rest. It is also necessary to turn the mattress every few months so you are not wearing down one spot. 

Get a Memory Foam Mattress

Consider getting a memory foam mattress when you find it's time to make a mattress replacement. This type of mattress forms to your body so you feel supported and comfortable. You should still choose one based on the firmness level your body needs. A mattress that is much too soft can do just as much damage as one that's too firm, depending on your body. 

Change Sleeping Patterns During Pregnancy

Pregnant women are among a large group of the people complaining about back pain regularly. It can be difficult for expectant mothers to get rest as it is. The proper mattress, pillow, and nighttime routine can make a huge difference in the amount of sleep she gets nightly. Using a full-length pregnancy pillow for side sleeping is one of the best recommendations in these cases. 

Routine chiropractic care can be vital to consistent sleep patterns. A body free from joint restrictions and pain, as well as a mind that is relieved of stress, is more likely to allow for better rest each night. Head to The Joint Chiropractic for a consultation and additional guidance on healthy sleeping habits. 

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

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