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Sleep yourself healthy!
With our busy modern lives and overflowing schedules, sleep never seems to appear on the ‘to do’ list but rejuvenating sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing. Our bodies and minds need the time to relax and repair tissues, process the day, calm our mood, balance hormones and boost our immune system. Without it we are far more vulnerable to developing physical or mental illnesses.
As an osteopath I regularly talk to patients about how their sleep position can cause or exacerbate their neck, shoulder, back or hip problems and lack of sleep can slow their recovery.
Find the right position
The ideal sleep position provides support for the natural alignment and curves of the spine and allows uninterrupted blood flow around the body... and it’s comfortable!
Potentially the most supportive offering least opportunity of over twisting your spine. However, not ideal for those with snoring or reflux issues and can cause back or neck pain if not well supported.
Particularly good for pregnant women but can cause problems for vulnerable shoulders, hips or lower back.
Rarely an advisable position due to the pressure it can put on your lower back joints and forced rotation through the neck. However, if it is your only comfortable position...
It is also important to take time find the right mattress for you. Quality memory foam, pocket sprung (or a combination of the two) are generally best and you should look to change it every 10 years. Make your bedroom a calm space away from work and electronics and keep the room cool and well ventilated.
For osteopathic treatment and advice that may help your sleep or to ‘book and borrow’ one of our Sissel neck pillows to try for yourself, please contact The Odiham Clinic. So make sleep a priority not a luxury and dream yourself healthy!