A lot of people will realize that they are getting older when they find themselves hurting bright and early in the morning after doing absolutely nothing other than getting in a solid eight hours of sleep or so.

You know your body isn’t quite as resilient as it was in your early teens and 20s when you were getting hurt while you are asleep!

At the same time, the overwhelming majority of people waking up with stiff backs and stiff necks can completely eliminate this problem from their lives forever just by changing up the way that they laid down when they go to sleep.

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Most people with these kinds of issues are sleeping sort of “funny” to begin with, and if you make a couple of simple changes to your sleeping habits you’ll be able to say goodbye to these pains once and for all.

Understanding how the spine works in the first-place

Before we dive right into the sleep changes you want to make, it’s important that you understand how the spine is composed in the first place.

You’re basically looking at three sections – the lumbar, the thorax, and the cervical areas of your spine. Your cervical spine is at the top (basically your neck), and that’s where you’re going to want to focus on making changes.

You see, when you sleep, the weight of your head at rest can end up relaxing into a pretty awkward position that aggravates the cervical spine.

If these joints are aggravated they are going to become inflamed, and pretty soon you’re going to be inviting a number of muscle spasms to hit the area really hard – though it’s usually not hard enough to cause you to wake up from a dead slumber.

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Get rid of neck pain by changing the way you sleep

This means that the simplest way to alleviate these spasms and the inflammation that causes them is to readjust and realign your spine (your cervical spine) so that you don’t get locked into fees frustratingly awkward positions in the first place.

Folks that like to sleep on their stomach have to turn their head to the side (which almost always causes a stiff neck), but even side sleepers can deal with these issues at all. You want to keep your spine and your neck as neutral as possible, and that means sleeping on your back if at all possible.

A quality memory fall mattress and memory foam pillow will help you realign your spine while sleeping, but if that isn’t enough to get the job done you want to be sure that you stretch for about five minutes immediately after waking. That’ll work out all the kinks for sure!

Embracing healthier lifestyle choices is a great idea. Putting these ideas into action is the sort of thing that can prove to be easier said than done. However, you have to start somewhere. A lot of people will tell you that the best place to start is at your grocery store. The next time you go grocery shopping, there are a number of things you can do to fill your home with the healthiest food possible.

More to the point, you will also fill your home with things you are actually going to want to eat.

Grocery Shopping Made Healthy

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Staying healthy is easier when you remove temptation. A good way to remove temptation is to get the prepacked, processed garbage as far away from your fridge, freezer, and pantry as humanly possible. Another good way is to fill those spaces with foods that you are going to enjoy preparing and/or eating.

Look for products that feature short ingredient lists. While a lot of the additives and chemicals found in food are not going to actively harm you, they aren’t going to give you much in the way of nutrition and other essential benefits either. This is perhaps the main reason why you should try to focus on natural foods and products.

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Don’t get suckered in by something that claims to be organic either. For example, 100% organic is something entirely different from something that is simply listed as organic. This can be anywhere between ninety-five and ninety-nine percent organic (yes, that 1% can make a difference!), and something that is “made with organic ingredients” can be anywhere between ninety-four and seventy-four percent organic!

Planning ahead can also be a good idea. If you have the time, come up with a list of meals you can prepare and enjoy across the week. Focus on making your purchases around those meals, using the freshest ingredients you can afford. Coupons are still around to help you save money, and you definitely want to avoid grocery shopping on an empty stomach. That’s how bad decisions are often made.

Don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous. A good way to accomplish this is to try a new fruit and/or vegetable every week. You never know what you are going to find, and you really don’t know for sure if something is going to become a new favorite or not. Focus on fresh produce, whole grains, and pastas. There are so many possibilities out there.