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How Sleep Can Improve Your Overall Wellness #SleepBetterLiveBetter

When it comes to our overall health and wellness, sleep plays a vital role in protecting and improving our mental health, physical health, and quality of life.

Quality sleep helps improve our cognitive function, personal performance, and cardiovascular health. When life gets busy, sleep can be the first thing that is affected. We often put sleep on the back burner to get more done during the day when in fact, when we are getting adequate sleep, we perform more efficiently throughout our waking hours.

Our brains need sleep to function properly and to help us prepare for the day ahead. Studies have shown that a good night’s rest improves our learning capacity, helps heal and repair our muscles, heart and our blood vessels, while also supporting our immune system and a healthier metabolism.

When we make sleep a priority, we enhance our well-being. We can wake up in a better mood, thinking clearly, with a healthy mindset to start the day. Proper sleep, a balanced diet, and a regular workout routine help to keep us healthy while preventing pain and discomfort down the road.

Take a look at the infographic to the left for more ways sleep can improve your overall wellness.

If you are having difficulty sleeping because of pain or want to improve your sleep environment, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained consultant who can help you try our numerous sleep products to create the ultimate sleep environment in your home. With the proper support, you’ll be on your way to a better night’s rest.

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Sleeping With Back Pain

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When you suffer from back pain, restful sleep can feel more like an aspiration than a reality. Pain can either keep you from falling asleep or it can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Regardless of the time of night, there are a few methods you can follow to help you get a peaceful, full night’s rest.

Sleep Position

Your preferred sleep position may be causing you more pain than you realize. Find the position that makes you feel most comfortable, taking into consideration these simple modifications to relieve pressure on your spine.

  • Back sleepers: Use a pillow under your knees or try a Bed Wedge System to help maintain the natural curve of your lower back. A small, rolled up towel placed under the small of your back will also provide additional support. Sleeping on your back is considered the healthiest option for most.
  • Side Sleepers: Place a pillow between your knees, such as the ContourSleep Knee Spacer, to add additional spinal support. Bring your knees up slightly towards your chest to help elongate the spine.
  • Stomach Sleepers: If you must choose this position, reduce strain on your back by placing a pillow under your lower abdomen and pelvis. This position makes it difficult to keep your spine in a neutral posture, which can lead to pain throughout the night.

Maintain A Schedule

Create a sleep routine that works for your schedule and stick with it every day – even on the weekends! By following a nightly routine, your body is able to follow a natural sleep-wake cycle. This makes it easier for you to fall asleep. Pick a bedtime that allows for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and make sure you finish any strenuous exercise at least 2 hours before bed. Caffeine and exercise can make you feel too energized to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

Sleep Better with These Products

In addition to the ContourSleep Knee Spacer and the Bed Wedge System, Relax The Back offers numerous sleep products to help you have your best night’s sleep.

  • Adjustable Bases and Foundations: Reduce pressure on your spine, improve circulation, and relieve muscle tension with a personalized sleep system. Find ergonomic comfort and support where you need it most.
  • Snoozer Body Pillow: Deep, relaxing, ergonomic support no matter the sleep position. Perfect for those who suffer from chronic pain, are pregnant, or have injuries.
  • PureRelax Mattress Topper: Made with eco-friendly materials, this topper decreases body-to-bed motion transfer while relieving muscle and back pain. This mattress topper reduces allergens and does not produce any carbon emissions during its creation.
  • Tempur-Pedic Mattress: TEMPUR material adjusts to your body weight and temperature, reducing pressure on your back, shoulders, and hips to improve sleep quality. From soft-as-a-cloud, to ultra-firm, to cooling material for those who sleep hot, there is a mattress that fits your sleep needs.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to test out these products and speak with our trained specialists. They will help determine the best product solutions to help relieve pain and provide quality comfort for a better night’s sleep.

Nutrition & Sleep: Tips For a Good Night’s Rest

Sleep BetterAs a society, we are sleeping less. So, it should come as no surprise that lack of sleep is a common complaint among adults. While your sleep environment is a key component to a good night’s rest, how and what you eat also plays a big role in your quality and quantity of sleep.

Follow these tips to find out how you can eat to sleep better and be on a path to a more restful slumber:

  • Don’t skip, then splurge. Skipping meals changes your hormone levels and can throw off your body’s normal sleep pattern. Eating large, late dinners to make up for skipped meals only makes matters worse. Big meals increase blood flow to your digestive tract and stimulate your system instead of calming your body. Do your best to stick to your normal eating routine to avoid restless nights.
  • Strike the proper balance. Follow a well-rounded diet with foods high in calcium and B vitamins. These vitamins, along with magnesium, help to promote better sleep. Dairy and leafy greens are a great source of calcium, which help our bodies produce the “sleep hormone” melatonin. Vitamin B6 helps our body produce the “calming hormone” known as serotonin. This vitamin can be found in chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and wheat bread, to name a few.
  • Say no to after-dinner espressos. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours, thus keeping you tossing and turning all night. Opt for decaf the next time someone offers you a cup of coffee after dinner.
  • Don’t be a party victim. Know what foods cause you indigestion and avoid them close to bedtime. Stay away from fatty and spicy foods as they can lead to acid reflux and indigestion. Also, keep alcoholic drinks to a minimum. Too much alcohol will disrupt your body’s natural rhythms and may keep you up all night.
  • Go herbal. Have a soothing cup of tea, such as chamomile, passionflower, or verbena, before bed. These teas act as a mild sedative, which help to calm and relax your body.

The Effects of Sleep – Positive & Negative

Sleep is essential to one’s health and wellbeing however, millions of people are not getting the adequate amount. Not getting enough sleep can cause serious health concerns. Chronic sleep loss results in weight gain, high blood pressure, and depression, to name a few.  Quality sleep is not only important to combat the negatives but it also provides many positives to one’s life such as improved recovery time from injuries, better moods, and a healthier heart.

Below is a quick reference guide of the positive and negative effects of sleep:

Effects of Sleep

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