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Chicago Chiropractor says “Get Those ZZZs!” for Your Back’s Sake!

Get your ZZZ’s!

A full night's rest is critical to good health. Chiropractic’s goal is health for our Chicago clients, specifically those suffering with back pain and neck pain. New research exposes that a night of restless sleep might maintain back pain’s intensity high. That’s not good news for our Chicago back pain patients! Getting a good night’s rest with lots of ZZZ’s may be tricky for some, but Chiropractic Care has a few tips that just may help lull you to sleep.

First, know that sleep is good. It’s not a waste of time! Chiropractic Care knows a few of our patients who have too much to do and want to do it all, and sleep seems an inconvenience. (You know who you are!) We’re not going to tell you to change who you are. Chiropractic Care just wants you to see that good sleep is beneficial. (1) Here are just a few benefits: 

  • Lowers inflammation
  • Keeps depression at bay
  • Improves creativity
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Enhances memory

And new research now points out that sleep quality and pain intensity for acute low back pain patients is strongly connected. Poor sleep leads to higher pain intensity. (2)  Can you see why Chiropractic Care wants to help you get a better night’s sleep. Your Chicago back pain relief treatment plan may be impaired if you don’t get some good sleep!

So how can you get some good sleep regardless of your active Chicago lifestyle? Keep the lights low in the bedroom. Eat early and light. Sip your wine early and slowly. (Alcohol decreases deep sleep.) Eat sleep-inducing foods like carbs and protein containing tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to sleep-promoting serotonin. Take your hot bath earlier (not right before bed because your body then wants to cool down which takes energy and isn’t sleep inducing). Do some yoga stretching and breathing. (3) Chiropractic Care knows you can implement a few of these sleeping tips into your routine!

So if back pain is keeping you awake at night and even bothering you during the day, contact Chiropractic Care today. Your Chicago chiropractic back pain relief plan may set you on the course to better sleep and control of your back pain which includes getting your ZZZ’s!

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