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Dreaming Naturally: Unlocking Sleep with Non-Pharmacological Interventions!

Jan 1, 2024 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Sleep serves as a fundamental necessity for the body's recovery, offering significant benefits for both physical and mental well-being. A deficiency in quality sleep can heighten the risk of chronic diseases and markedly diminish life quality. The prevalence of sleep issues tends to increase with age, potentially exacerbating existing health conditions. Research from 2020 indicates that older individuals experiencing moderate to severe sleep disturbances are prone to developing chronic neuropsychiatric and musculoskeletal disorders more rapidly than those who maintain healthy sleep practices. While medication is an option for managing sleep problems, many individuals may be reluctant to rely on pharmaceutical solutions long-term, turning instead to non-drug approaches to enhance sleep quality.

Improving sleep often begins with assessing one's sleeping environment and nightly routines. Recommendations from health experts include maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding stimulants like nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol before sleep, establishing a pre-sleep relaxation routine, ensuring the bedroom is comfortable, dark, and quiet, avoiding late naps, limiting screen time before bed, and engaging in calming activities if unable to sleep immediately.

Additionally, lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity levels play a role in sleep quality. For better sleep, it's advised to get daylight exposure, consume a diet rich in lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables while avoiding processed and sugary foods in the evening, participate in regular exercise while not too close to bedtime, take frequent breaks from sitting, and manage stress effectively.

Should these adjustments not yield improvements in sleep, a systematic review from February 2023 encompassing 15 studies highlighted the potential benefits of aromatherapy, ear acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and stimulation therapy. These interventions might be accessible through a chiropractor or through a referral to another healthcare professional.

It's also important to recognize the two-way link between sleep and chronic pain, with each condition potentially aggravating the other, particularly with low back pain and possibly other musculoskeletal disorders. Therefore, if experiencing poor sleep along with musculoskeletal pain, consulting with a chiropractor could be beneficial. Managing pain effectively may, in turn, facilitate better sleep.

So, if you are interested in no longer chasing your tail on the pain gerbil wheel and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Is There a Better Way to Address Actually Fixing the Cause of the Pain?”

Once you have experienced the frustration of simply covering over the pain temporarily, you may be more enlightened to the idea of fixing the problem and then keep it that way. Some around you say one description of such an approach is called wellness care.


Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off if we’re near you for a walk in visit and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment. So if you find yourself experiencing lower back pain while running or doing physical activities.

If you feel like a gerbil on a perpetual pain wheel and you know it is negatively affecting your quality of life and keeping you from enjoying walks at Fort Myers Beach, playing golf, tennis, pickle ball or others, come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

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If you would like to avoid getting back pain in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness nearby, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

Don't let back pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need.


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