How much do you think your mattress has to do with your lower back pain?
Lower back pain – A woman by the name of Sonja had terrible back problems. She had tried every known remedy – chiropractic care, western medicine and anti-inflammatory drugs, back braces, and more. Still her back pain continued. Sonja became desperate as the excruciating pain limited her life.
What else could be done? One day she decided to buy a new mattress. Still not realizing her back pain was connected to her mattress quality, she bought a new one based solely on its comfort. What happened next astounded her. Within just a few days her lower back pain miraculously cleared up. No more back braces. No more pain pills. No more chiropractic care. She discovered a high-quality mattress made all the difference.
The experts agree with this assertion. According to the article appearing in Spine-Health titled “Choosing the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain” by J. Talbot Sellers, “Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or worsen lower back pain. Lack of support from a mattress reinforces poor sleeping posture, strains muscles and does not help keep the spine in alignment, all of which contribute to low back pain.”
Many experts support this claim that your mattress can affect back pain. In Sonja’s case a simple investment in a high-quality mattress that provided improved back support led to ongoing back-pain relief. If you asked Sonja was it worth the price, she would affirm her answer with an upright, pain-free extra something in her step.
Sleep More and Lose Weight
Yes, it’s true. Studies have shown that up to eight hours sleep a night can help you lose weight. If you’re tossing and turning and unable to sleep because your mattress contributed to the problem, you should invest in a new mattress vs. a diet program. A good night’s sleep has proven to be one of the easiest ways to lose weight without dieting. Here are the reasons why.
No late-night snacking. According to the WebMD article titled “Sleep More, Weigh Less” those sleepless nights can leave you awake and hungry. Anything you eat past 9:00 p.m. isn’t burned off. Those extra calories turn into extra pounds. If you’re not awake late at night you’re not going to be snacking.
Studies also show a sleepy brain craves junk food. It’s widely known that junk food (candies, salty snacks, and more) contribute to weight gain. The same study cited in the WebMD article said, “A second study found that sleeping too little prompts people to eat bigger portions of all
foods, increasing weight gain. And in a review of 18 studies, researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods. Add it all together, and a sleepy brain appears to crave junk food while also lacking the impulse control to say no.”
Sleeping helps you burn calories. According to an article in Women’s Health titled “6 Ways Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight” by Fitbie.com/Julia Merz, “Not only do you have more energy to take on the day after a good night’s sleep, but your body also torches calories, even when you’re not working out. A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that normal sleepers’ resting energy expenditure—the amount of calories burned when you’re not moving—was five percent higher than their tired counterparts. They also burned 20 percent more calories after a meal versus sleep-deprived people.
Reduced sleep can inhibit the production of weight-related hormones. According to another article that appeared in Reader’s Digest titled “Why Sleep Helps You Lose Weight” by Sue Mah, RD, “Reduced sleep seems to disrupt two important appetite hormones in our body: ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin stimulates our appetite, while leptin sends the signal to our brain that we’re full. When we are sleep deprived, ghrelin levels increase and leptin levels decrease. Sleep deprivation may also turn on the hormone cortisol, which encourages our bodies to store abdominal fat.”
Numerous other studies cite the positive results of a peaceful night’s sleep on weight loss. This article only gives you four of those reasons. If you’re trying to lose weight the easiest first step you can take is to start making it a priority to ensure you’re getting enough sleep.