Here’s How Chiropractors Can Help Correct Poor Sleep Posture
You aren’t alone if you have trouble staying or falling asleep. Many Americans, as many as 50-70 million people in the United States struggle with a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can prevent you from being healthy and feeling your best throughout the day.
Fortunately, chiropractic care can be a solution for better sleep.
Learn more about how chiropractic care can improve sleep quality and treat sleep disorders from our team at Impact Medical Zephyrhills.
Rest is Critical to Overall Well Being
Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to numerous health problems. This can include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Delayed reaction times
- Weakened immune system
- Memory issues
Living life well and feeling healthy is difficult if you constantly feel unrested and fatigued.
Sleep deprivation has an accumulative effect. The negative effects of sleeplessness will get worse every night that you rest poorly. Over time, this can increase the risk of many medical conditions including stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and more.
How Chiropractic Care Can Contribute to Better Sleep
You might not realize that a chiropractor can help you get a better night’s sleep. The benefits of regular chiropractic care for patients with sleep issues can include:
- Easing muscle tension that can cause restlessness
- Relaxing the body
- Relieving pain and discomfort
- Stimulating circulation and blood flow
- Improving central nervous system function
A skilled chiropractor can provide advice on better sleeping positions, postural exercises, and ergonomic pillows that can help improve your sleep.
Poor Sleep Posture
Sleep posture has a big impact on overall wellness. From exhaustion to waking up in pain, poor sleep posture can cause injury, prohibit mobility, and diminish spinal health.
Aside from fatigue and neck or back pain, poor sleep posture can actually cause sleep apnea, heartburn, impaired circulation, digestive issues, and even wrinkles.
Symptoms of poor sleep posture include:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Muscle and joint problems
All these symptoms can linger for several days after a poor night’s sleep. Keep reading to learn more about how a chiropractor can help with poor sleep posture.
Correcting Sleep Posture
Here are a few tips from our chiropractors at Impact Medical Zephyrhills for better spinal alignment and posture while you sleep.
Keep Head Pillows to a Minimum: Sleeping on your back with one pillow under your head usually allows you to sleep with good posture. Having too many pillows on the bed can force your neck to curve upward, causing pain and strain on your shoulders. Try to keep your position as flat as possible if you sleep on your back. To prevent lower back pain, try putting a pillow under your knees.
Avoid Sleeping on Your Stomach: Many people sleep on their stomachs, but this style of sleep forces the neck into an awkward position, often leading to twisting of the spine. As a result, you may feel pain in your neck and upper back. Corrective exercises and better sleep posture can help ease this pain.
Side Sleeping: Achieving good posture when you sleep on your side can be difficult. For example, if you have broad shoulders, it can be hard to keep your neck straight with just one pillow. When your neck angles towards the bed, it pulls your spine with it, leading to upper and lower back pain. To prevent this, try to remain as straight as possible, and use pillows to give you support in this sleeping position.
What is Keeping You Up at Night?
If you are experiencing trouble falling or staying asleep, it could be due to your sleep posture. But don’t worry, our chiropractic team at Impact Medical Zephyrhills is here to help! We strive to help you fall asleep faster, sleep more deeply, and stay asleep longer.
Sleep better and more soundly with Impact Medical. Call to schedule an appointment today; (813) 706-5156!