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.
Some pain while sleeping may come from your body positioning. If you can avoid twisting or bending your spine, you can avoid many causes of pain. Twisting can happen for a number of reasons.
Today we are beginning a series of 6 blogs to help you or anyone you know who may be having trouble sleeping due to pain. We will discuss several aspects of sleep, such as ways you can help with body positioning, how to get in and out of bed, how to prepare for sleeping, and more. If you find these helpful, sign up to receive our blogs directly into your inbox. Like us on Facebook, and the posts will come to your feed. We would love to hear from you if these tips are making positive improvements for you or if you have any questions.
13 Ways to Avoid Getting Colds and Flu This Season
- Watch your consumption of dairy products and cheese. These foods can cause sinus stuffiness. This “clogged” feeling is actually due to a lack of sinus circulation, which can make your sinuses more likely to catch and hold on to any virus that is hanging around.
- Increase your trace minerals. Zinc and selenium are especially good for protecting against viruses. A good way to get more trace minerals is to use natural sea salt or a high mineral salt in place of regular table salt.
- Try to eliminate the immune-damaging chemicals in your home and at work. These include laundry products, personal care products and fragrances.
- Pungent spices have anti-viral properties. Eat more foods with these spices. At the top of the list is curry. It contains tumeric, which is helpful for many conditions. Also good are ginger, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, cloves, and nutmeg.
- Use a high-quality air filter that will remove the bacteria and mold that may be in your home.
- Get frequent, moderate exercise that gets the lymph moving. Some good options for exercises include using a rebounder (mini-trampoline), jumping rope, doing arm rotations, or hopping in place. Moderate exercise is the key. Overdoing it at the gym can actually compromise your immune system temporarily.
- Take supplements that protect your respiratory tract and boost your immune system. There are many of these products on the market. Standard Process has produced several that we recommend. Some of these are Immuplex, Congaplex, Calcium Lactate, Cataplex F, PulmaCo, Echinacea, Allerplex, and Garlic. A good Vitamin D supplement is also helpful. “The risk of children suffering from flu can be reduced by 50% if they take vitamin D, doctors in Japan have found. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”—Marco Torres from the WHN Forum.
- This one seems pretty obvious—Wash your hands more frequently.
- Get plenty of sleep. When your body is rested, it is better able to fight off any attacks.
- Wherever possible, reduce your stress levels. Stress compromises your immune system. Even if you are eating a good diet, if your body is overburdened with stress, the stress “uses up” the nutrients that you have eaten, making you nutritionally depleted, despite good food intake.
- Do more juicing of fresh vegetables and fruits. Begin your day with a tall glass!
- Laugh more. Laughter boosts the immune system.
- Encourage your family members and other around you to follow these tips as well to keep the space around you more virus-free.