It's Official: This Is The Best Position For a Good Night's Sleep
For most of us, sleeping doesn't require too much thought and is something we've been doing effortlessly since we entered the world. You most likely gravitate to a certain position in bed based on what's familiar and what's comfortable, but did you know that there's a hierarchy of the best and worst sleeping positions? Let us explain.
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of your overall health and wellbeing. We all know firsthand how horrible it feels to wake up of a morning only to feel like you haven't achieved a single second of quality sleep. The reasons for this are endless, including the food you ate, electronic interference before bed and your sleeping position. If you're waking up regularly feeling stiff or complaining of pain, then it might be time to consider working on your posture in bed. Poor posture when resting can result in heaps of different symptoms including neck and back pain, fatigue, headaches and heartburn.
So, what can you do to alleviate these sleep-related issues and ensure that you're going to sleep like a baby every time your head hits the pillow? Switch to sleeping primarily on your back. It's not the most popular sleeping position by any stretch, but with some practice, it'll become natural to you in no time. And why is sleeping facing the ceiling so great? It allows your head, neck and spine to rest in a neutral position so that there's no added pressure and a much smaller chance of any tension or pain arising as a result of a nightly snooze. It can also be super helpful for those who suffer from acid reflux, as long as you elevate your head slightly so that your stomach is below your esophagus to prevent food from traveling up from your digestive tract.
Here a couple of extra tips that will help you get your best night's sleep yet...
When choosing a mattress, opt for one that is firm and supportive that doesn't sag at all in the middle when you're laying down. if you're used to a softer surface it can take some adjusting to resting on a slightly more solid mattress, so make sure you trial any mattress first before making the big decision (you'll want to keep your mattress for a few years at least).
Have you ever woken up and had a kink in your neck or even a headache? Chances are it's because your neck was out of alignment due to your pillow being too high (or low). Your pillow should always be positioned under your head (not your shoulders) and should be the right height to allow your head and spine to rest naturally without any straining.
Now you've got your sleeping position down, detox your bedroom in 15 minutes flat.