Do you toss and turn all night trying to find a comfortable sleep position? Experts tell us there's no one right way to sleep. Each sleep position has its benefits and disadvantages.
But there are a few different strokes for different folks who suffer from certain pain and medical conditions that you may want to check out.
The most common sleep position is on the side. 57% of us are side sleepers, at least at the start of the night.
Experts suggest that people with acid reflux should elevate the head with pillows or by raising the head of the bed itself.
Snoring/obstructive sleep apnea, can sometimes be treated by sleeping on your side which helps avoid the collapse of the tongue which impairs breathing.
People with back pain may benefit from sleeping on their back with a pillow under their knees or a rolled towel under the small of the back.
Neck pain can be improved when one keeps the neck in a neutral position. Keeping the pillow above the shoulders.
If you have shoulder pain, avoid sleeping on the side with the painful shoulder and try to sleep on your back!
As always, check with your health provider to see what's right for you.
What's New in Nutraceuticals
If you're a migraine sufferer, as are 36 million Americans, you may want to try a natural strategy. Some supplements have been seen to lessen the severity of migraines. But because they are gentle they can take several weeks to show rewards. So don't give up on them prematurely.
MAGNESIUM, a mineral with muscle relaxing properties, staves off migraines by preventing blood vessel spasms. 600 mg. per day is the recommended dosage.
100 mg. four times a day is the recommendation for BUTTERBUR, an herb that stabilizes cells that produce histamine, has been shown to be effective as well.
FEVERFEW is another herb you may want to check out. It may work by inhibiting inflammation and stablizing the neurotransmitter in charge of the pain response. The suggested dosage for feverfew is 100 mg. three times a day.
But, as always, check wtih you health care provider before taking supplements.
Biofeedback and EEG biofeedback have been shown to be efficacious in the treatment of several conditions including, stress and stress related headaches, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression and high blood pressure.
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as heart function, breathing, muscle activity and skin temperature. They rapidly "feed back" information to the user.
The presentation of this information - often in conjunction with therapy - can support desired physiological changes. Over time these change last even without continued biofeedback sessionsene,e