New research has shown that not only can a good night’s sleep keep you mentally sharp, but it can also help you stay healthy by strengthening your immune system. For years physicians have believed that sleep supports the healing process, and now new evidence has been discovered that indicates sleep also plays a role in regulating your immune function.
While you’re asleep, your central nervous system is in constant communication with your immune system. Many immune system functions operate on a 24-hour cycle, just like your sleep schedule. Your T-cells, which are some of the most important immune cells, are very, very active while you’re asleep. Everyone may not require the same amount of sleep, but the research is clear: getting a good night’s sleep will help bolster your immune system.
What’s The Best Sleeping Position?
This is one of the most common questions we get from patients. Considering you spend nearly one-third of your life sleeping, this is an important question!
Top researchers have found one of the best positions to sleep is on your side with your head supported, shoulders centered, and a pillow between your legs. This allows for the best spine alignment and reduces the pressure on your neck, lower back, hips, and legs – all of which leads to a more restful night of sleep.
Tonight, when you lie in bed, look and make sure your nose and belly button are in alignment. If they are, it’s a good sign your spine is in both an optimal and comfortable sleep posture. Then, take a small pillow and place it between your knees to give your legs and hips that proper added support. Following these quick tips will help you get into the best position to have a great night’s sleep.
How to Avoid a “Crick” In Your Neck
Sleeping is the time when your body can maximize rest and recovery. Not only can a lack of sleep cause grogginess the next day, but chronic sleep issues can lead to depression, insomnia, and even make aches and pains worse!
If you have ever woken up with a “crick” in your neck, you know how taxing an awkward sleeping position can be on your spine. Maintaining a neutral position and keeping your spine in alignment overnight is an essential part of waking up energized and ready to conquer the day. Chronic sleep disturbances have been linked to depression and many common pain syndromes. Maintaining proper spinal alignment at night can decrease your aches and pains. Sleeping on your side with your head and legs supported is the best sleep position for your spine.Learn why side sleeping is the best #sleep position Click To Tweet
Sleeping well has been proven to be an essential part of staying healthy. Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, can make it extremely difficult to get a good night’s sleep and leave you feeling tired and sleepy all day.
If you experience difficulty sleeping, let us know. We have an upcoming Better Sleep Workshop on 11/21/23 where we’ll be discussing not only the causes of many of these issues but also the action steps you can take to get a great night of sleep FINALLY!