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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

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Dr. T’s Health Tip – Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Greetings from Dr. T:
According to a recent survey by NBC’s Today Show, 46% of adults over 18 say they don’t get enough sleep. Experts offer advice like avoiding electronic devices hours before bedtime, watching caffeine intake, practicing relaxation techniques and going to bed and rising at the same times daily. What else can you do to loll yourself into restful sleep?
Do you wake up with neck pain, back pain or headaches? I have found that these all can be due to poor sleeping habits, a mattress that is past its prime, or a pillow that doesn’t fit your body.
If you sleep on your stomach at all, this can be a major strain on your neck. You need to be turned to one side to breathe properly. I recommend sleeping on your back or side. When sleeping on your back, use a neck pillow or neck roll for the best support.
When sleeping on your side, a long body pillow is a great help. The pillow is almost as long as one’s body and it allows you to put your arm or leg over it while sleeping, supporting your spine. You can also use the body pillow propped behind you so that you can rest against it.
To find a good mattress, go to a mattress store and test the various levels of quality and firmness. See which level of firmness you prefer. Get the most expensive mattress you can afford, as it’s an investment that will pay big dividends in your wellbeing. Pillow toppers aren’t the best as they tend to indent and are not usually covered under warranty. I personally use a Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress, but buy it only if you love it.
Here’s to your well-supported and comfortable sleep!

Until next time…
Yours in health,
Dr. T
Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for 29 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

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Link Between Low Vitamin D Levels, Dementia Confirmed

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Greetings from Dr. T,

Just when we thought we’d heard the latest news on the nutritional relevance of vitamin D, an interesting study was just published by University of Exeter in the U.K.  This robust international study associated vitamin D deficiency with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people. An international team found that study participants who were severely vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the study, dementia is one of the greatest challenges of our time, with 44 million cases worldwide — a number expected to triple by 2050 as a result of rapid population aging. A billion people worldwide are thought to have low vitamin D levels and many older adults may experience poorer health as a result.

The study found evidence that there is a threshold level of Vitamin D circulating in the bloodstream below which the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease increases. They discovered that adults in the study who were moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 per cent increased risk of developing dementia of any kind, and the risk increased to 125 per cent in those who were severely deficient.

Vitamin D comes from three main sources — exposure of skin to sunlight, foods such as oily fish, and supplements. In California, we have the opportunity for sun exposure practically year round.  While using sunblock for prolonged sun exposure is advised, fifteen minutes of sun a day without sunblock is enough for most people to build healthy vitamin D reserves.

Yet another reason to take a walk in the park and eat wild caught salmon twice a week!

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for 29 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340