Mature man cannot get to sleepAccording to the CDC, ten percent of Americans have a sleeping disorder.  Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep (insomnia) can be a health issue and chronic disease.  Luckily, with the right holistic approach (probably, not a sleeping pill.) insomnia can be helped.  Acute Insomnia can last one night or up to a few weeks.  When lack of sleep is greater than 3 nights per week and lasts longer than one month, it is referred to a chronic insomnia.

Chronic insomnia, even acute insomnia, can have a huge impact on your day-to-day health.  Some common side effects are headaches, back pain, irritability, lower immunity, depression, high blood sugar, and more.

An important part of sleeping or the cause of insomnia (not sleeping well) can be sleep position.  Proper alignment of your spine reduces the stress on your musculoskeletal system and organs allowing your body to rest.

Most experts agree that the best position for proper spine alignment and comfortable sleep is on the back with knees slightly elevated.  If this is not possible due to pregnancy or other issues, then sleeping on the side with a pillow between the legs is recommended.

Poor neck support can cause you to wake up stiff and sore, as the result from fatigue neck muscles.  A good contour pillow is also necessary for proper neck support.

If insomnia continues, it may be time to see a holistic doctor.  A holistic doctor can help you evaluate your sleep problem to determine possible causes of your insomnia. Whether the cause is stress-related, spinal alignment, or of another origin, Whole Body Health can help discover the source and help you get the sleep you so need.