Don't Daydream About a Good Night's Sleep - getting a restful night of sleep is an absolute requirement - it is not an option. Your body must sleep and replenish itself for you to operate at an optimal level. For many people, a good night's sleep is something they only daydream about because night after night, they do not get the rest their body needs. Fatigue can range from a chronic tired feeling, to a more pronounced physical and psychological depression that drains your energy and robs your time. It is a warning sign that something is wrong, either physically or emotionally in your life.
There are many types of sleep disorders that can cause fatigue: night pains, daytime dozing, insomnia, sleep apnea and daytime fatigue to mention only a few. Whatever the problem is, it cannot be ignored. You must sleep for your body to recover or you will suffer many side effects. Fatigue generally will not go away on its own and it certainly is not normal!


You may not realize, but your sleep habits can affect your experience with pain. There are many supposed causes for sleep disorders and fatigue including diet, improper use of some medications or unbalanced body functions and structures. Although changes in diet or medication may help some, others are often left grasping at solutions that never seem to materialize.

The leading contributing factor to sleeping difficulties is the actual mattress sleeping surface. Sleep posture is also a significant factor in the treatment of conditions such as neck trauma, tension headaches, or arthritis of the back and neck. Plastic deformation or soft tissue stretching and musculoskeletal instability can develop when the spine is not adequately supported during sleep with the propper pillow and painful misalignment of the spine may result.


Most people simply want to feel better and put the spark back in their lifeome so they resort to sleeping pills or other non-natural methods to induce sleep. Quite often, these are only a temporary fix to a deeper problem. Getting to bed on a regular schedule, avoiding alcohol and caffeine and sleeping in a comfortable position can all be helpful, but sometimes they are not enough. By bringing your body into balance, the harmony of nature can often lend itself to provide what you need - a restful night of sleep!

Sleeping on your back is one of the best first steps to help relive many types of pain, especially with the proper pillow and bed wedge supports. Sleeping on your back allows your spine to open and relax, and allows the discs in your spine that get squeezed during daily activity to re-inflate with liquid, thereby relieving pain and allowing them to do their job. Sleeping on your side does not allow this spinal relaxation, and can add pressure to nerves that may already be irritated, neck, shoulder, hips and your back to name a few. If you just can't get yourself to sleep on your back, you should consider a couple of our supportive pillows for side sleepers - Chiroflow Water Pillow and the Knee Separating Pillow.

Dr. Kim's Tips:

I want you to be aware that many patients may require from six weeks to begin to see results, and up to one year to lasting results from these products and new habits, although you may feel results sooner. That time frame depends on your age, your overall health, and the amount of the injury and pain. Practice makes perfect, practice with the items in your package every day, just like you brush your teeth; prevention goes a long way towards a cure. You know, a pain problem may have started with an incident many years ago, and your body has been used to accommodating it, so it can take some time to work things out and get back to normal. With that said, if you don't see some improvement after six weeks, you may wish to see your chosen health care professional to be sure there is not an underlying illness, or other health issue at work. Also if your pain increases or gets progressively worse, please stop our program and seek further care.


So you see, what you don’t know can’t help you! Ask WOUDSMA Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle. Contact Us today to schedule your free, no obligation consultation. COME IN . . . GET WELL!