Sleep Problems? We can help.
The importance of getting a good night’s sleep is clear. Because the amount and quality of sleep you get affects your...
- Memory and learning
- Metabolism and weight
- Cardiovascular health
- Risk of disease
For example, not getting enough sleep can lead to or worsen...
- Weight gain and food cravings
- Accelerated aging
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Depression and irritability
- Increased cancer risk
- High, uncontrolled blood sugar levels (increased risk of diabetes)
- Memory loss
So, how much sleep do I need?
Research tells us that seven to nine hours is the optimal amount of sleep we should get per night. Sleeping more than nine hours or less than seven hours per night adversely affects our health. There is also optimum timing for a nap. Call us and ask when our next workshop on sleep is being held. (502) 409-9300
If you aren’t sleeping well, you aren’t alone
Nearly 70 million Americans have trouble sleeping. Twenty five percent of us try to deal with our lack of sleep by taking sleep medication. In total, Americans spend about $4.5 billion per year on sleep aids!
Unfortunately, sleep medication can cause undesirable side effects, can be expensive and doesn’t correct what’s causing the sleep problem. The long-term effects of taking sleep aids is largely unknown. Also, sleep medications aren’t even that effective at what they do. When tested, popular sleep pills like Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata only increased total sleep time by 11.4 minutes.
The good news is that getting a good night’s sleep is attainable - naturally.
Here’s how we can help your poor sleep
Our Sleep Wellness program involves optimizing your spinal and nutritional health, lifestyle and sleep environment. It is integrated and comprehensive because a variety of factors can keep you awake.
Spinal and Nutritional Health
It is simple: if you are in pain, aren’t eating right or have a nutritional deficiency, your sleep will likely suffer. Here’s what we recommend:
- Use chiropractic for natural pain relief. A misalignment of the spine is a very common cause of pain, especially neck and back pain. Chiropractic care can correct spinal misalignment so that your pain can be greatly reduced or eliminated.
- Make smart dietary choices. What you eat and drink can also impact how well you sleep. For instance, you shouldn’t consume caffeine, alcohol or a large meal close to bedtime because that can negatively impact your ability to fall and stay asleep.
- Optimize your nutrition levels. Nutritional imbalances, especially those caused by calcium, magnesium and/or vitamin D deficiencies may also be causing you to stay awake at night. Depending on your habits, symptoms and nutrition levels, we may recommend that you modify your diet or supplement it with a unique blend of vitamins and minerals.
What you do throughout the day impacts how you sleep at night. For instance, if you want to sleep better, consider doing the following:
- Exercise regularly. Aerobic exercise has been found to significantly improve sleep quality. For best results, exercise at least 30 minutes each day, but not near bedtime because an elevated heart rate may make it harder for you to fall asleep.
- Lose excess weight. Obesity increases the risk for getting sleep apnea and other respiratory problems. Losing weight will reduce the amount of work your heart and lungs have to do, which reduces stress, thereby increasing your level of comfort.
- Avoid or reduce taking drugs as much as possible. Many drugs can adversely affect sleep. If your prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medication is robbing you of sleep, is it worth taking, given how important sleep is to your health? This is something you should evaluate with a healthcare professional before you begin or stop taking any medication.
How you setup your sleeping environment and the things you do leading up to bedtime significantly impacts your ability to sleep. Here are a few things we recommend:
- Create a sleep sanctuary. Turn off all of the lights - that includes your TV (or better yet, remove it from your bedroom completely) and/or wear an eye-mask to block out light. Light can disrupt your internal clock and your production of serotonin and melatonin. Keep your bedroom clean and cool - the optimal bedroom temperature is between 60 and 68 degrees F.
- Follow a sleep routine. Try to go to bed around the same time each night and engage in relaxing habits like taking a warm bath, meditating or doing deep breathing exercises.
- Sleep with proper alignment. Contorted sleeping positions can misalign the spine. To help maintain your spine’s alignment, sleep on your side with your knees and hips slightly bent; like you are in a semi-fetal position.
- Use a non-toxic, supportive mattress and pillow. We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping. The bed and pillow that you use to sleep on every night likely impact your health more than any other products that you buy and use. Unfortunately, most people are sleeping on mattresses and pillows that are laced with toxic chemicals and do not provide adequate spinal support, especially as they age.
Do your research - buy a mattress and pillow that are comfortable, provide superior spinal support, are made of safe materials (ideally organic) and maintain their quality over time.
We have done our research. We’ve evaluated nearly every mattress and pillow manufacturer out there. The only mattress we recommend is the intelliBED. No other mattress comes close to its unique combination of safety, comfort, durability and spinal support. Below is why we think intellibed is the best mattress in Louisville:
Louisville Mattresses and Bedding
What mattress do we recommend?
We have spent hours evaluating pillow and mattress manufacturers, trying to find one that would satisfy all of our requirements: safety, support, comfort, durability and value.
We looked at some of the most popular brands like those made by Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Sleep Number and more. We analyzed lab tests, user reviews, bedding materials and recommendations made by some of the world’s leading sleep experts and think tanks like the Sleep Foundation. Most importantly, we tried the beds ourselves.
Our understanding of proper spinal alignment gives us a unique perspective when it comes to sifting through all the information and marketing jargon out there.
There was only one mattress that checked off all of the boxes. It is not made by any of the leading store brands. Instead of spending their money on marketing, they have spent it perfecting their product. And it shows. The mattress we recommend is the IntelliBED.
In every category, we have found IntelliBED to be superior to the other mattresses we reviewed. It is the only mattress that we recommend to our patients because of its unique combination of safety, comfort, spinal support, durability and lifetime value. IntelliBED mattresses are made by Advanced Comfort Technologies, Inc., a Utah-based company that makes all of their beds in America.
The safest Louisville mattress
Most manufacturers spray their mattresses with cheap, toxic chemicals to satisfy government flame-retardant laws. Mattress manufacturers can use these materials without risk because mattresses are not rated or regulated for safety.
There are four basic types of materials used in mattresses: foam, cover materials, steel springs and plastic/canvas. Foam is the most common ingredient used in every mattress because it is cheaper and easier to acquire than other materials like cotton. It is most often petrochemical based, meaning it is made from oil.
Most foam mattresses are made from polyurethane treated with additives to make the foam rebound more slowly. Polyurethane is linked to a frightening list of health problems: ADD, autism, childhood cancer and asthma. Have you ever smelled foam-based mattresses like Tempur-Pedic? Those noxious fumes are called off-gases, which are produced as the foam wears down over time.
In contrast, IntelliBED’s mattresses are made with food-grade gel and organic cotton. This makes the IntelliBED completely hypoallergenic. They do not use foam made of petrochemicals, memory foam, or an air chamber (promotes the growth of mold).
The IntelliBED’s Intelli-GEL® cushioning material is a space age co-polymer which is made from food-grade materials. It has been proven in hospital usage to be non-toxic (it is edible), anti-microbial and totally inert (doesn’t develop heat). It is so safe that it is used by burn patients and to cure bed sores.
A comfortable MATTRESS IN LOUISVILLE THAT has your back
From our perspective, we want to make sure patients use a mattress that supports their bodies, especially their spines. But we realize that spinal support doesn’t matter if a mattress feels miserable to sleep (or more accurately, stay awake) on.
The problem is that when choosing a mattress, you seem to have to opt for comfort OR spinal support. For instance, a waterbed has excellent comfort/softness, but it is among the worst at supporting the back and neck. Conversely, innerspring mattresses are great at providing support, but are miserably firm.
The IntelliBED, however, does not make you choose one or the other. When tested, it ranks at the top of the charts in terms of comfort and support thanks to wrapping a patented Intelli-GEL cushion over a quality innerspring core.
A Louisville bed that lasts
The IntelliBED lasts three times longer than other mattresses available on the market. The Intelli-gel Mattress Toppers have a 10 year warranty, the IntelliBED 20 has a 20 year warranty and its other mattresses are sold as a complete set and have a 30 year warranty.
And while some mattress companies offer similarly long warranties, if you dive into their fine print and compare them to IntelliBED’s warranty, you will quickly notice a difference. While almost every mattress manufacturer requires indentations to meet or exceed 1.5” in order to be covered by their warranties, only Tempur-Pedic and IntelliBED require indentations to meet or exceed .75”.
The problem with Tempur-Pedic mattresses, however, is that they are made of foam, which can soften up to 49 percent over its lifetime, which is not covered by their warranty. In comparison, the Intelli-GEL can soften up to only 4.5 percent over its lifetime, making it the most durable material tested.
When you do the math, it is one of the cheapest mattresses in Louisville
Some folks will purchase a bed purely because of its low price. That is silly. Why buy a bed that costs $299 if it will only last a couple of years and possibly cause you back and neck pain, which could send you to the doctor, the drug store, reduce your work productivity and/or quality of life? Cutting costs at the point of purchase can cost you dearly down the line.
In addition to the price of the mattress, ask yourself how well it will serve you over time, and for how long. Because of IntelliBED’s quality and because they sell directly to the customer (so there is no middleman markup), we have found it to deliver more bang for the buck than any other mattress on the market.
I really hope that by sharing this information with you, I will in some way help you make a smart decision when it comes to buying your next mattress. If you’ve made it this far in the post, you are serious about sleep wellness and I want to thank you for that.
Feel free to call our office or drop by the office if you have any questions about sleep wellness, mattresses or the IntelliBED. We have an IntelliBED in the office, which we invite you to try for yourself at any time.
Want to buy the IntelliBED or an IntelliBED pillow?
You can easily buy an IntelliBED online, directly from the manufacturer. When you purchase, enter in the code DRTROYWILLIS to get an additional 10 percent off of your purchase price.