Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sleep Right = Sleep Tight

"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book."

Laughing has no limitations or instructions to stick to but a comfortable and healthy sleep requires a few guidelines.
Overall, there are three main postures of sleeping. This essay will discuss a few points about each one.

The conditions of the pillow are important for a comfortable sleep and substantial support of the neck and spine. If the pillow is too high or too low, the neck muscles will be strained, presumably leading to obstructed breathing and snoring and also other symptoms.

Considering physical features and special conditions of individuals Dr. Steven Conway remarks, "There is no such thing as a universal fit when it comes to pillows. Find a pillow that is consistent with the shape and size of your body. If you find yourself sleeping on your side with one hand propped under your pillow, that's a clue that you're not getting the support you need from that pillow".

1) Sleeping sideways:

In this case, the pillow has to be so that the spinal cord aligns horizontally. Placing another pillow under the waist also provides additional support.
2) Sleeping on the back:

In this situation, the height of the pillow should be lower than when sleeping sideways. Also, placing a pillow under the knees provides a rather gentler and steadier situation for the spine and neck. 

3) Sleeping on your stomach:

If you prefer sleeping on your stomach, the pillow is recommended to be flat or the head can directly lie on the mattress. Another pillow under the stomach is also recommended for bonus support.

The three points above, are the correct postures of sleeping and along with other factors (pillow, mattress, ….) can decrease the chances of or relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, hip pain and many other back and neck disorders.

"Many people don't realize the reason for their neck or back pain is literally right underneath them -- it's their mattress and pillow." says Scott Bautch, DC, DACBOH.

If you continue to experience pain and discomfort at night or have difficulty falling asleep, visit your doctor of chiropractic. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to treat spinal problems that can interfere with a restful night's sleep.


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