Today almost all of us love the things technology can do for us. It can help us find the information we need, entertain us, or connect us to anyone in the world. What we don’t love so much is the way we often feel after we have spent time in front of our laptop, tablet or cell phone. Many common complaints today can be traced back to our use of technology: Pain and fatigue in the muscles and joints, nerve injuries, high blood pressure, decreased muscle strength, and muscle swelling have all been associated with long periods of computer use. New terms have even been coined recently to describe some of this. You’ve probably heard of “text neck” or “text thumbs.”
We all hear about the dangers of the chemicals from plastics leaching into the water from our drinking bottles and other containers. So, how do we know which ones are safe? There is no guarantee that any plastic is completely free of leaching. The best choice is to avoid plastics altogether. However, if you do choose plastics, some are better than others.
A few years ago Tom Connellan wrote a book that became a best seller. Its title is The 1% Solution for Work and Life. In the book the author challenges the reader to make just a 1% change for the better in each area of life. It isn’t difficult, and over time 1% plus 1% plus 1%… adds up to a significant change. It’s a great challenge for us to become better than we have been in any area of life.
During the winter we spend most of our time in our offices working or snuggled on the couch with a hot drink. Then spring comes, and suddenly we are bending, twisting, stretching, reaching, digging, chopping, sweeping, kneeling, climbing, pushing, pulling, carrying…and the list goes on! Many times our body will let us know in no uncertain terms that it doesn’t appreciate all this change!
Trying to get a good night’s rest but not being able to get to sleep has got to rank up there with some of life’s most frustrating problems. It can drain your energy to the point where it seems like you are not able to get anything done. Yet, sometimes there seems to be no solution to the problem, and its cause is even a mystery.
6 Tips for Sleeping Without Pain Tip #6: Check Your Mattress to Be Sure It Is Supporting You Properly
If the mattress you’re sleeping on isn’t good, no matter what you do, you won’t be getting a good night’s sleep and may even be exacerbating the issues you are already experiencing.
Is there a way to prepare yourself for bed so that you don’t experience pain while sleeping? Yes, there are several steps you can take!
Sometimes it’s not sleeping that is the problem, it’s either getting into bed or out of it. So let’s look at the best ways to perform these activities.
Today is the third in our series on sleeping without pain. Keeping our body lengthened and symmetrical when we sleep will make for a more pleasant night’s sleep. Of course, we cannot always determine the positions our body will end up assuming throughout the night, but we can at least start in the right position.