Sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, growth, stress reduction and other vital functions. So getting the right amount of good quality sleep is as essential for overall health as good nutrition and regular exercise.
According to Chuck Fulanovich, DC of Palo Alto Chiropractic Offices, choosing the right sleep position and mattress can make a major difference in feeling good overall and especially minimizing back, neck and shoulder issues which can often cause interrupted sleep or lack of sleep. Regarding proper sleeping position, Dr. Fulanovich says most people in general do well sleeping on their sides with the knees curled up in a semi-fetal position. This position opens up spinal facet joints and can relieve pressure in the lower back. Using a cervical pillow or a pillow specifically designed for side sleeping gives the neck proper support and cradles the head while reducing pressure on the shoulder joints.
He adds that several studies conducted recently have concluded that for most people a medium firm mattress works best. That doesn't mean, however, that some people won't rest better on a very firm or softer mattress. Personal preference should dictate the right mattress fit for an individual.
Dr. Fulanovich recommends McRoskey Mattress Company to his clients for several reasons, including the high quality of the locally made mattresses and the choice of comforts. McRoskey President Robin McRoskey Azevedo explains, "McRoskey offers several mattress comforts ranging from extra gentle to extra firm so that every customer can be certain to find the comfort level that suits them best."
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