Sleep quality is one of the foundations of your health, and getting good sleep can be especially beneficial when dealing with back or neck pain. To help you distinguish facts from popular myths, here are 6 fast facts about sleep.
There are several techniques and sleep aids that can help you get a better night's sleep. Read Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene
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See Mattress Guidelines for Sleep ComfortExercise right before bedtime can make it harder to fall asleep. While exercising in the afternoon and evening is perfectly fine, working up a sweat at the end of the day can delay sleep. Budget at least a couple of hours between the time you finish your workout and the time you go to bed. Melatonin can help with falling sleep, but it’s not a cure-all. Taking the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin can help with overcoming jet-lag and modestly improving sleep quality, but it is less effective for trying to treat chronic insomnia.4
See Non-Surgical Treatment for a Lumbar Herniated DiscLess sleep can make you sick. A lack of sleep has been shown to produce chronic low-grade inflammation and increase susceptibility of catching a common cold.5,6 Reduce your chances of getting ill by prioritizing sleep.
See What Happens to Your Body When You Don't Sleep
If you put these facts to good use by making a few changes to your sleep hygiene, you may start benefiting from restful and restorative nights of sleep.
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