It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks

It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks

                        The expression “It hit me like a ton of bricks” means that some thought took you by surprise, or caught you unawares. My idea for The Proper Pillow definitely hit me like a ton of bricks. Here is an excerpt from my book, […]

Gravity and Sleep Injuries

Gravity and Sleep Injuries

Throughout your day, gravity pushes on your whole body, constantly. You actively resist gravity all day long by consciously walking upright, standing straight and holding your head up.  Gravity works against you when you sleep, too, aggressively trying to crumple you up into a ball. The difference is, while sleeping, you cannot actively resist it. Gravity is why it’s so easy […]

Scar Tissue is a Chronic Pain in the Neck

Scar Tissue is a Chronic Pain in the Neck

Chronic neck pain can be explained by starting with scar tissue, or what we call Fibrosis. Fibrosis is scar tissue that develops inside of your body, on muscles, tendons or inside of a joint capsule. Fibrosis always occurs at the end stage of inflammation, or swelling.  While scar tissue on the outside of the body doesn’t cause […]

Part 6 Common Sleep Injuries: Hip Injuries

Part 6 Common Sleep Injuries: Hip Injuries

Hip injuries are the trickiest of common sleep injuries, because you will often feel pain in another part of your body. The lower back is most often the scapegoat. For instance, what you think is a lower back injury can turn out to be Piriformis Syndrome. A chiropractor can accurately determine if the cause of […]

Part 5 Common Sleep Injuries: Back Injuries

Part 5 Common Sleep Injuries: Back Injuries

Gravity is not your friend. Life would be easier on the moon. Your posture, even when you are passively sleeping, is still actively fighting against Earth’s pressure on your body. If you have a terrible mattress, don’t have the proper pillow, or are sleeping wrong, you aren’t helping to support your spine, which leads to […]

Part 3 Common Sleep Injuries: Elbow injuries

Part 3 Common Sleep Injuries: Elbow injuries

Do you sleep with one arm under your pillow? If you do, you might wake up from time to time with a completely numb, “dead” arm, which feels creepy and frightening. That’s harmless enough, but after time, repeated compression of the nerves that run along your elbow can cause elbow injuries. It’s common to suffer elbow […]

Part 1 Common Sleep Injuries: Neck Injuries

Part 1 Common Sleep Injuries: Neck Injuries

Most neck injuries begin while you sleep. Even if you injure your neck doing some other activity, what you might not realize is that you’ve compromised your neck by sleeping improperly; a more severe injury at this point is inevitable. That’s why it’s crucial that you maintain and support the natural curve of your neck […]