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How sleep affects your spinal health

Did you know?

Lying flat is the nearest approximation to standing in a relaxed posture with your head, neck, and spine aligned.

Stress, back pain, and poor quality sleep are similarly related—and coincidentally, the most common complaints we hear from our customers.

Problems in any one of these areas can negatively affect the others. Our health professional partners often stress that sleep, nutrition, and exercise are the three interrelated pillars of good health, meaning that each factor influences the other two. How so?

  1. Getting enough sleep makes you more likely to make good nutritional choices and exercise injury-free, while eating right and being physically fit makes it easier to sleep through the night.

  1. Next time you’re feeling stressed out, pay attention to the tension you hold in your muscles. Chances are, you’ll be tensing your jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles without realising that you are doing so. In the short term, this habit can lead to a temporary back ache. But over time, holding stress in your neck and shoulder muscles can set you up for injury and chronic pain.

  1. Sleep is critical for healing. This being the time when the majority of tissue regeneration takes place. Sleep deprivation can significantly hamper recovery from an injury. Sleep is also crucial for managing stress and negative emotions in general.

Even if you’re sleeping enough, sleeping on a poor quality or ill-fitting mattress can throw your skeletal system out of alignment. Mattresses are an extremely common source of back pain, and many people find that their pain issues resolve soon after being fitted for a mattress that suits their body type and sleeping style.

A well-fitting mattress improves your posture, keeps blood moving through blood vessels unimpeded, and protects you from repetitive stress injuries.

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