Four Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep
Sleep is the foundation of good mental and physical health. A poor night of sleep can leave you feeling irritable, fatigued, and forgetful, among other side effects. To avoid nights of tossing and turning, use these strategies for a better night’s sleep.
Sleep: A Health Imperative
Chronic sleep deficiency, defined as a state of inadequate or mistimed sleep, is a growing and underappreciated determinant of health status. Sleep deprivation contributes to a number of molecular, immune, and neural changes that play a role in disease development, independent of primary sleep disorders. These changes in biological processes in response to chronic sleep deficiency may serve as etiological factors for the development and exacerbation of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and, ultimately, a shortened lifespan. Sleep deprivation also results in significant impairments in cognitive and motor performance which increase the risk of motor vehicle crashes and work-related injuries and fatal accidents. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society have developed this statement to communicate to national health stakeholders the current knowledge which ties sufficient sleep and circadian alignment in adults to health.
Government of Health Goal
About 1 in 3 adults — and even more adolescents — don’t get enough sleep, which can affect their health and well-being. Healthy People 2030 focuses on helping people get enough sleep, treating sleep disorders, and decreasing drowsy driving.
Dr. Marink’s Summer Time Sleep Recommendation
“With long days and short nights, the summer is inevitably a season where one’s sleep could be drastically reduced,” commented Dr. Marinkovic. “Coupled with the easing of the pandemic where sleeping was sent into a tailspin, this summer could prove especially troubling in the sleep department. In addition, using the appropriate pillow, these simple steps can help ensure you’re getting an ample amount of rest each evening.”
Improvement in Neck Curvature Improves Brain’s Blood Flow
Clinical trials show that correction of the cervical curve improves a vast array of symptoms and conditions. A 2019 study utilized Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) to measure cerebral blood flow before and after taking steps to improve the neck curve.
What Causes Neck Pain and What to Do?
Symptoms from a loss of curvature can include neck pain, headache, lack of energy, tight/spasm muscles, TMJ, dizziness, poor sleep, pins, and needles in fingers and so on. Other causes of neck pain include trauma, sports, falls, bad sleep position or the wrong pillow.