We all know how important a good night’s sleep is, and when you spend on average of twenty six years of your life in bed it’s obviously something that you’re going to want to get right. A rubbish bed can lead to a bad night’s sleep, you’ll wake up grumpy and exhausted and all in all just not your best self. Take it from me, a new mom! Sleep is essential for your good moods throughout the day! Thankfully my awesome daughter sleeps at night so far!
So it’s crucial that when you’re buying a bed you make the right decision, and do as much research as possible. Look into different firmness ratings and materials and find out if there’s a refund policy just in case, companies like Nolah Sleep offer a trial period which is handy. But a good night’s sleep comes down to more than just the right bed, your sleep position can play a huge role in how well rested you wake up the next morning (and can even cause or aggravate different health problems). Here’s a rundown of each sleeping position and the effect it can have.
Sleeping on your left side could be classed as the ‘ideal’ sleep position. Not only does this alleviate pressure on the lower back, but it can improve circulation to the heart too. Because of the way your stomach is positioned in your body, sleeping on your left side is most beneficial as gravity will settle your stomach juices to below the point where the stomach and oesophagus connect. This prevents problems like acid reflux and indigestion, and so if you commonly suffer with these when you lie down in bed try sleeping on your left side!
If you’ve ever been woken up with an elbow to the ribs and your partner complaining about your snoring, chances are you’re a back sleeper. When you sleep on your back, your soft palate and tongue collapse to the back wall of your throat. Breathing in creates vibrations which rattle past the tissues leading to that god awful snoring sound. While 45% of adults snore, in some cases just changing your sleeping position can help and so it’s something to be aware of. To prevent you from rolling onto your back in the night, try sewing a tennis ball into the pocket of a pyjama top and then wear the top backwards. The ball will then stop you from turning over in the night and rattling the house with your snoring.
Sleeping on your stomach is a double edged sword; on one hand it can prevent snoring and sleep apnea (a very dangerous condition where you stop breathing for periods during sleep). But on the other hand even if you’re in the best bed possible, it puts pressure on your neck, spine and hips and can lead to waking up aching all over. It can even cause ‘sleep wrinkles’ due to the pressure on your face from sleeping on your front. And unfortunately like regular wrinkles, these are permanent! If you can’t get out of the habit of sleeping on your front, a stomach sleeping pillow might help to take some of the pressure of your joints.
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