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Struggling to Sleep at Night? Next Level PT is Here to Help!

Struggling to Sleep at Night? Next Level PT is Here to Help!

May 13, 2024
By Next Level Physical Therapy

Expert Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

We all know the feeling: tossing and turning, counting sheep, wishing for just a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. But a good night's sleep isn't just a luxury — it's a crucial part of maintaining your overall health and well-being. When you sleep, your body repairs itself, strengthens your immune system, and boosts your cognitive function.

Here at Next Level Physical Therapy, we understand how frustrating and detrimental sleep problems can be. That's why we've put together these expert tips, focusing on optimizing your sleep environment and posture, to help you drift off to dreamland and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

1. Find Your Perfect Sleep Position

Did you know that certain sleep positions can put extra strain on your muscles and joints? Here's how to find a sleep position that promotes optimal alignment and relaxation:

  • Back Sleepers: This position generally offers the most support for your spine. Place a pillow under your knees to maintain proper lumbar curve.
  • Side Sleepers: This is another good option. Support your head with a comfortable pillow and consider placing a pillow between your knees to improve spinal alignment.
  • Stomach Sleepers: This position can put a strain on your neck and back. If you find you can't avoid stomach sleeping, use a thin pillow and avoid sleeping with your head turned to one side for extended periods.

2. Invest in a Supportive Mattress and Pillow

Your mattress and pillow are the foundation for a good night's sleep. Think of them as the supportive friends who cradle you through the night, promoting proper alignment and pressure relief. Choosing the right ones can make a world of difference in your sleep quality.

Here’s what you should look for in a mattress:

  • For Back Sleepers: Opt for a mattress with good lumbar support that can aleve lower back pain due to muscle strain. Explore brands like Sealy Posturepedic or Saatva Classic known for their spinal alignment features.
  • For Side Sleepers: Look for a mattress that offers pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. Consider brands like Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe with its pressure-relieving memory foam or Casper Original Hybrid that combines supportive springs with contouring foam.
  • For Stomach Sleepers: Choose a firmer mattress that keeps your spine in alignment. Explore brands like Serta iComfort or Essentia by Saatva known for their firmness and support.

Don't underestimate the power of a good pillow! A supportive pillow that cradles your head and neck in a neutral position is crucial.

Here’s what to look for in your pillows:

  • Material Matters: Consider your preferences. Memory foam pillows like those from Tempur-Pedic or Purple offer great pressure relief, while down pillows from brands like Pacific Coast or Beckley Bedding provide a luxurious, cloud-like feel.
  • Sleeping Style Matters: Tailor your pillow choice to your position. Back sleepers might prefer a thinner pillow, while side sleepers benefit from a thicker option that fills the space between their ear and shoulder.

Beyond the Basics: Explore additional sleep accessories that can enhance your comfort. Consider a memory foam mattress topper for added pressure relief or a cooling pillow to regulate your temperature throughout the night.

Remember, investing in quality sleep products is an investment in your health and well-being. Don't be afraid to research different brands, read reviews, and even try out mattresses in person before making a final decision.

3. Create a Sleep-Friendly Environment

Your bedroom should be a haven for sleep. Make sure it's dark, quiet, and cool. Invest in blackout curtains, earplugs, or a white noise machine to block out distractions. Keep the temperature comfortable, ideally between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Relax Your Body Before Bed

Developing a relaxing bedtime routine can signal to your body that it's time to wind down. Take a warm bath, practice gentle stretches, or read a book for 30 minutes before bed. Avoid screen time for at least an hour before sleep, as the blue light emitted from electronic devices can interfere with sleep cycles.

5. Address Pain that Keeps You Up

Do you have trouble with sharp or throbbing neck or back pain keeping you up at night? Chronic pain can be a major barrier to a good night's sleep. If muscle tension or joint pain is keeping you awake, physical therapy can help! At Next Level PT, our skilled therapists can create a personalized treatment plan to address your pain and improve your sleep quality. We offer various techniques, including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and modalities like ultrasound or electrical stimulation, to reduce pain and improve flexibility.

6. Develop a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, even on weekends, helps regulate your body's natural sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythm). This consistency helps you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed.

Bonus Tip: Consider a Massage Gun for Pre-Sleep Relaxation

A massage gun can be a helpful tool to relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation before bed. Using a massage gun on your shoulders, back, and legs can help loosen tight muscles and prepare your body for sleep.

Sleep Well with Next Level PT!

If you've tried these tips and still struggle with sleep problems, don't hesitate to contact us at Next Level Physical Therapy. We can help identify any underlying physical issues that might be contributing to your sleeplessness and create a personalized treatment plan to get you back on track to a good night's sleep. 

Contact us online or call us today at (661) 383-9828 to learn more!

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