Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘Insomnia is defined as an inability to obtain adequate sleep.’
Ways of managing insomnia include the following:
1. Avoid the following prior to retiring:
- Strenuous physical exercise.
- Mental stimulation.
- Coffee, or other stimulants.
2.Formulate a sleep regime:
- Environment is conducive to sleep.
- Psychological relaxation.
- Sleep enhancing diet. (milk, herbal teas)
3.Recognition of predisposing factors to insomnia.
- Various aches and pains.
- Sagging or too soft mattress.
- Sleeping in a biomechanically awkward position.
- Using a thick pillow.
- Drinking strong coffee or tea before going to bed.
- Having a heavy meal immediately before going to bed.
- Using bedding and nightwear unsuitable for present climate.
- Doing concentrated mental work just prior to going to bed.
- Doing strenous exercise shortly before going to bed.
- Using bedtime as an opportunity for family arguments.
- Taking the frustrations fo the day to bed.
4. Enhance Sleep Preparedness:
- Estab. a physiological sleep pattern.
- Create a sleep conducive environ.
Biomechanically Correct Sleeping Postures.
Keep your head in line with your spine.
Strategy one: Select the right mattress. A healthy life mattress from Regal Sleep Solutions is a health professional approved product specifically designed to suit the individual spine and posture. The right mattress contributes to correct sleeping posture in that it:
~Supports the body when one lies on its edge.
~Doesn’t sag in the center.
~Gives to allow hips and shoulders to sink in slightly in side-lying positions thereby permitting a straight spine.
Strategy two: Select the proper pillow.
Select a pillow that fits snugly into the curve of the neck; avoid two pillows or pillows that are very fat or very thin. Regal Sleep Solutions can provide you a solution spefically suited to your needs.
Strategy three: Assume a biomechanically sound posture.
For sidy lying:
~Use a pillow to support the head and neck.
~Slighly flex the knees.
~Keep the arms below the shoulder line.
For supine lying:
~Use a pillow to support slighlty bent knees.
~Use a pillow to support the neck in optimal lordosis.
For prone position:
~There is no biomechanically acceptable posture.
- Rise leisurely.
- Stretch before rising.
- After a period of inactivity, a good stretch stimulates blood flow.
- Learn to relax.
- Assume good sleep posture.
- Avoid feeling stressed if unable to sleep.
- Use affirmations to try to sleep.
5. Monitor proposed sleep pattern with the help of your healthcare professional.
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About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor and ACTP accredited Business Coach.
Founder: 12 Keys – The ‘Ultimate Wellness Practice Workshop’, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre and Million Dollar Wellness.
Andrew is married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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