Not getting enough sleep is a common problem for many people today. It affects those young and old across all sectors of society. It can affect your concentration and response times, weaken your immune system, and in the long run, it increases your risk for major illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Lack of sleep can also affect the way your body responds to inflammation.
Did you know that physiotherapy can help you get more and better sleep? Here are some surprising ways that you may not have thought of.
Stress is a major cause of lack of sleep in many individuals. When we are stressed by work pressure, family pressure, financial issues or health problems it can result in hours spent staring at the ceiling rather than getting a good night’s sleep. Some people also worry about not sleeping, which makes their stress levels go up, their muscles tense and the cycle repeats itself.
Physiotherapists can teach you relaxation techniques that help to calm your body and relieve your mind of stress, helping you get to sleep. These include:
- Regular Exercise
- Mindfulness techniques
Did you know that a bad posture can have an affect on your overall health? Bad posture can hurt your muscles, cause strain and fatigue, bad circulation and if not dealt with can cause lead to chronic pain.
Sleep Position and Routine
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Finding the right sleep position can help relieve a number of health issues from lower back pain to neck and shoulder issues. One major recommendation: stay away from sleeping on your stomach! Stomach sleeping can pull your neck and shoulders out of alignment and cause unneeded strain on your back.
Your physiotherapist can help you find a sleep position that supports your body and can recommend a pillow or mattress that will work best for you.
It is also important to follow a routine that helps your mind and body know it is time for sleep. Some helpful tips:
- Give yourself time to wind down before bed with a relaxing activity that helps your mind and muscles to relax.
- Follow a regular wake-up and bedtime schedule.
- Make your bedroom a calm, quiet dark place that is comfortable for you. Don’t do work in your bed, and use it only for sleep.
Dealing With Chronic Pain
If you are in pain, it is very difficult to get a good night’s sleep. During the day, muscles get fatigued and tend to tense and tighten. Tighter muscles mean increased pain and so when the person gets into bed it can be hard to sleep, and very difficult to get them to relax at night. Helping relieve chronic pain during the day means your muscles are not as tense, which helps with better sleep.
If you have sleep issues, talk to a specialist from The Interventional Pain Specialists Inc. they can help design a custom plan to get a better night’s sleep.