Sleeping positions that are great for you

When we go to sleep at night, it’s not very likely that we’ll be paying attention to the way in which we do so – how many of us will honestly say that we consciously aim to sleep on our sides, on our front or on our back each night?  Unless we have been advised to by a professional chiropractor or GP, it’s highly unlikely it’ll ever pass our minds.

However, it’s widely agreed via a number of studies that there are one or two sleeping positions which hold fantastic health benefits for your body long term, and that these may not be as obvious as you may have thought!  For your reference, we’ve decided to have a closer look at the two healthiest and most beneficial sleeping positions you can adopt.

Sleeping on Your Side

sleeping ladyMany people choose to sleep on their sides as it’s easy, comfortable and flexible – it’s a very natural position for sleeping couples and can also be considered one of the healthiest positions you can adopt at night.  Falling in line with what is also known as the ‘foetal position’, side sleeping is a comfortable option for sufferers of sleep apnea and other problems that prevent them from sleeping on their backs.

Side sleeping is said to provide considerable relief from digestive problems such as acid reflux and is also the safest natural sleeping state for pregnant women, who need to avoid sleeping on their backs and on their fronts to avoid back pain.

While some state that side sleeping may put pressure on your organs, there are more conclusions drawn from chiropractors and doctors the world over to suggest that it is an incredibly healthy way to get some much-needed rest.

Sleeping on Your Back

While perhaps not as commonly adopted as side sleeping, back sleeping is often heralded by chiropractors and professionals alike as the healthiest and most natural option for resting, as it provides your back, neck and spine with the full support of a mattress that is designed to do such a job – and it allows you to lay your body out in full in a flat manner that avoids bunching up or curling up your body in an unnatural way.

To help your neck and back long term, back sleeping is ideal as despite you resting on them, they are given perfect posture support and are at no risk of being strained.  If you are to consult a chiropractor about any problems you may have while sleeping or are looking to change some of your habits for the healthier, it is very likely that you will be recommended back sleeping as a remedy.

The way in which you sleep is unique to you and should only ever be changed drastically if you have concerns or if you have been advised to be a medical professional – and even then, it is for the best that you always consult a chiropractor before making any changes whatsoever to your sleeping regime.  For help and support on how to get the most out of your sleeping position, call us here at the Hertfordshire Chiropractic clinic today on 01707 3777 97 at your convenience!

10 tips to staying active all year round

Running to stay healthIt can be difficult to keep in shape and to keep yourself up and about – particularly when the warmer months give way to Autumn and Winter – but it is of course important to your health, wellbeing and vitality to ensure that your body is on the go as much as possible.  It’s recommended that we each walk at least 10,000 steps per day – but can many of us truly say that we definitely achieve this, particularly in colder parts of the year?  It’s just as much about staying psychologically motivated as it is about physical exertion, too – and here are ten ideas to help get you moving when you may be least inspired!

  1. Evaluate Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle, budget, local area, available time and physical ability will all have an impact on how much exercise and activity you can actually undertake – therefore, it’s a good first step to ensure you know your limits and plan ahead.

  1. Source out local amenities

Even if it is just a case of finding a local park for walking or jogging, or signing up for a gym membership – keeping an eye on your local options, such as clubs and groups, will also help inspire you to get up, out and moving.

  1. Keep an eye on the weather

We’ve all made plans to go for a 5am jog but have then cancelled due to a splash of rain or two!  Plan ahead by checking weather forecasts so you don’t give your procrastinating side the opportunity!

  1. Find fun physical things to try

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring.  Fun activities can include playing with or walking dogs, playing sports for fun, or even a spot of salsa dancing – whatever it takes to get you out of your seat, get thinking about what really pushes your buttons!

  1. Find inspiration at home

Keeping exercise equipment at home such as a bike, a skipping rope or even a kettlebell or two will inspire you to get active in your own home – so that you can take initiative no matter what the weather may be.

  1. Get physical at home

If you don’t own any of the above mentioned equipment, you can be just as active while taking on chores and tasks – while they may be boring, vacuuming and tidying can be made more exciting by listening to your favourite music in the background.  It’s an easy and productive way to stay active.

  1. Make an effort

Use the car to pop down the shops?  Why not walk there?  Why not use the stairs instead of the lift?  It’s switching out little things for minimal physical effort that can make all the difference in the long term.

  1. Get the family involved

Inspiration will be at its highest when there’s more than one of you invested in a task or program.  If you’re part of family that’s likely to want to get out and do more, make a plan to do so on a regular basis.bikes on a cliff

  1. Get social

If the family can’t be convinced, then why not find a friend – or make new ones – to help make exercise a more sociable affair at gyms, clubs and groups in your local area?

  1. Find exercise you enjoy

Most importantly of all, don’t pressurise yourself into exercise that you aren’t likely to enjoy.  This hardly breeds inspiration – and the more you enjoy something, the more you’ll do it!

For more expert advice or a consultation on how you can be more active in your everyday life, call Hertfordshire Chiropractic Clinic today on 01707 3777 97 – we’ll be happy to help you wherever we can!

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