Goodnight, sleep well: When thinking about your health, don’t forget to sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, it can affect your life negatively. A lack of proper sleep can result in irritability, increased stress, depression, and a weakened immune system.
Sedatives like Lunesta and Ambien are frequently prescribed. But these drugs have side effects, including next-day drowsiness, flu-like symptoms, and memory loss. More serious complications like sleep-eating, sleep-driving, and sleep-shopping are also reported.
But there is a better way to get a good night’s sleep. One that doesn’t involve creating additional health problems. With a couple of lifestyle adjustments and a visit to your chiropractor, you’ll naturally get a better night’s sleep.
One of the most powerful ways to set yourself up for a good night’s sleep is by turning off your screens. Screens disturb your body’s natural circadian rhythms. Background noise like music and television also adversely affects sleep.
Another way to get more restful sleep is by adjusting your sleeping position. One of the best positions for spinal alignment is on your side, with your head supported and a pillow between your legs. This reduces the pressure on your neck, lower back, hips, and legs, which leads to a more restful night of sleep.
We also hear from countless patients that they get a better night’s sleep after getting an adjustment.
Chiropractic care reduces sleep inhibitors like stress and acid reflux. It also increases your spinal range of motion, decreases inflammation, and reduces pressure on spinal nerves – all of which makes it much easier to get a comfortable, uninterrupted night of sleep.
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.