Do You Sleep Fit?

How have you been sleeping lately? Consider this: the quality of your sleep has a major impact on the quality of your life.

Sleep charges your battery and rejuvenates you so that you can enjoy the next day’s activities with enthusiasm and positive expectations. The most important metabolic processes your body needs to stay healthy occur while you are asleep. And when you awaken rested and refreshed, it’s much easier to get going and move into your day.

Just like everything else, your sleep can be greatly affected by your diet. If you favor caffeinated beverages, be sure to avoid them after 3:00 p.m. This includes colas, chocolate, over-the-counter pain relievers and more. Caffeine is everywhere. Alcohol, a depressant, can also affect the quality of your sleep. Though a ‘night cap’ might make you feel drowsy, it can also keep you from achieving deep sleep and cause you to awaken during the night. The best thing before sleep? Try a Calcium Magnesium beverage or Min-Tran just before bed to create relaxation and deeper sleep.

Think about the position you regularly sleep in.

Tucking your body into the traditional ‘fetal position’ compresses internal organs, while bent knees reduce circulation in the legs. And your back and neck take a beating as they are rounded, stretching muscles and ligaments. If you sleep with rounded shoulders, you reduce your sleeping lung capacity.

If you sleep on your stomach, the curve of your back is strained and your neck is twisted to one side. Not a good choice!

The best way to prepare yourself for sleep is to get into bed, lay on your back and stretch lengthwise with arms raised above your head and your toes pointing towards the foot of the bed. This helps the body’s relaxation process and prepares you to assume a comfortable sleeping position.

The two healthiest sleeping postures are on your back or side. Back sleepers should make sure that they use their pillow to reinforce the curve of their neck. A thin pillow is best as it can be shaped to curl under your neck. Specially designed contour pillows are available to make sleeping on your back both comfortable and supportive to your neck.

For side sleepers, the pillow should fill the space between your neck and the bed so that your neck is level with the bed. Side sleepers should use a “body pillow” to allow leg separation and a variety of sleeping postures.
The environment you sleep in is very important as well. Make it quiet, dark, and slightly cool.

And your bed. Your bed should be large and firm enough for comfort. The type of sheets and blankets should be carefully considered to suit your needs in terms of warmth or coolness, thick or thin. When purchasing a new bed, lie down for a full 5 minutes, with your partner if you share the bed. If it’s not just right, it’s not just right. Your comfort is what matters. If you are unsure about what type of bed would be best for you, ask me during your next appointment.

Sleep fit!

What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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