3 Commonsense Tips for Deeper Sleep Provided by Los Angeles Chiropractor
If you're finding a good night's sleep as elusive as finding a mountain lion in Griffith Park, then I want you to try these five tips so you get the rest you need.
Did you hear about the mountain lion in Griffith Park? He was real. Remote cameras first snapped pictures of him in 2012 and then caught him and fitted him with a tracking device. Researchers believe he originally came from the western edges of the Santa Monica Mountains which means he had to cross the 405 freeway or navigate the busy Mulholland Drive.
So what does he have to do with a good night's sleep? Read on.
Helpful Tips For Better Sleep From Los Angeles Chiropractor
Tip 1 - Align Your Top Vertebrae
So many ailments stalk us without any visible sign, much like the mountain lion in Griffith Park that hikers just knew was there from a hunch. Finally, it was caught on camera.
Getting an Upper Cervical adjustment at Truong Upper Cervical Chiropractic Corporation is the key to good health, including getting the rest that you need. Nerve fibers that originate in the brain pass through an area at the base of your neck called the brainstem. These nerves impact functions in our body ranging from sleep and digestion to movements in our wrists and joints.
When the top two vertebrae are in alignment then the healing signals that your brain sends flows at maximum efficiency.
How do I know if you're in alignment? I don't just go by a hunch. I use 3D X-rays to pinpoint the specific misalignment in your C1, called the atlas, and C2, called the axis.
I also scan the neck at the start of each visit and patients can see graphs that show how the alignment is making progress.
Once you're aligned, you'll sleep much more deeply because your nervous system will work efficiently.
Tip 2 - Slow Down
Have you ever driven up the Angeles Crest Highway beyond the turn-off to Mount Wilson? We never completely escape traffic in Southern California, but driving in the mountains is our urban equivalent to traveling a quiet country road. You can slow down and don't have to drive on high alert, looking for other cars about to cut into your path.
That's how we should try to live our lives. You have to make space in your week to slow down.
It's hard with the pressures of career, kids' needs in school, sports, and the arts. On top of that, there are incredible events in Southern California like art walks in downtown Los Angeles to world-class concerts and incredible museums from the Getty to the Huntington Library and Gardens.
It's easy to go, go, go. But you have to stop and relax. Attend a house of worship, meditate in the mornings for a few minutes, or exercise after work.
What happens when you slow down? You give your muscles a chance to relax and that's one way to stay in alignment. Tight muscles can pull on your vertebrae and pinch nerves, constricting the signals that your brain sends throughout your body. This is why stress can lead to digestive problems.
Slowing down also helps you adjust from being in flight-or-fight mode so you can breathe easily. You move from the sympathetic system to the parasympathetic system.
So find ways to slow down throughout the day and during the week.
Tip 3 - Make Your Bed Comfortable
Invest in a quality mattress and pillow - ones that form to your body's shape so that you're supported but your spine isn't put out of alignment. A fluffy pillow isn't necessarily the best for you. An article in Consumer Reports,, goes into a detailed study as to the purpose of a pillow and the best one for you:
A firm or extra-firm pillow is the best pillow to maintain the proper alignment or curve of the neck and head at what a study in a 2015 issue of Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found was the most comfortable height-10 centimeters, about 4 inches off the mattress.
Following these 3 tips can help improve your overall health. Start with a consultation at Truong Upper Cervical Chiropractic Corporation in Los Angeles so we can check your alignment and your posture. I'm in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles and have made hundreds of thousands of adjustments in my 17 years of practice. Call 213-385-3858 to schedule an appointment.
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