Maintaining A Good Sleeping Position For Optimal Comfort
The verdict is in; adequate sleep is necessary for overall good health and lack of adequate sleep can contribute to a host of health issues ranging from diabetes, heart issues, high blood pressure and obesity. However, even if you are getting enough sleep, which should be at least seven hours a night, you may not be getting quality sleep. Lack of quality sleep can be just as bad as not getting enough sleep and can contribute to similar health issues. Back problems, random aches and pains and sleepiness throughout the day are also side effects of poor sleep.
Maintaining a good sleeping position is very important when it comes to getting quality sleep. Many things contribute to poor sleeping position including:
- Conditions such as restless leg syndrome
- Worn or old mattress
- A bed that is too soft or too hard
- Worn and old pillows
- Pillows that are not thick of soft enough
- Uncomfortable sleepwear
- Use of caffeine or other stimulants too close to bedtime
- A bedroom that is too cold or too hot
- Noise pollution
- Light Pollution
- Eating too much close to bedtime
Fortunately, there are easy fixes to many of these issues. Avoid drinking caffeine too close to bedtime, wear comfortable and loose bedclothes, flip your mattress or buy a new one of it’s worn, change your bedding to something more comfortable, invest in blackout drapes to keep light out, use earplugs if noise is an issue, replace pillows, try using a memory foam knee pillow and try not to eat or drink too much close to bedtime.
There are various tools you can use to help you sleep better too. For example, body pillows help to get comfortable and stay comfortable in one place longer. An eye mask can block out even more light and there are various things your doctor can recommend if you have a snoring problem that keeps you awake.
If none of these things work for you, it might be time to speak with your doctor. Sometimes sleep issues and problems maintaining a sleeping position can be caused by an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed. Once addressed, your doctor will work with you to develop a plan, that may include trial and error, to help you get a good night’s sleep.
If tossing and turning are an issue for you and no underlying issue can be found, trial and error may be the route you will need to take. First, you may need to try de-stressing and relaxing before bedtime. Leave your problems at the door when you come home from work, do some relaxing yoga or meditation or try taking a warm shower or bath before bed. Some people listen to soothing nature sounds of soft music as they fall asleep while others swear that sniffing certain essential oils right before bed helps them relax and sleep better.
Whatever the issue, if you are having trouble sleeping, you need to correct the issue sooner than later so you can get a healthy rest to help ward off potential health problems and be energized throughout the day so you can do what you need to do.