The Lowdown on Sleep Ergonomics
By Sara Butler
Sometimes getting a good night's rest can be a real struggle. Getting enough sleep, much less good quality sleep, can seem like a dream. It's important to remember that your sleep has a larger impact on your life than just how tired you feel the next day. You need proper quality sleep to help you learn, help your brain work properly, regulate your emotions and hormones, and help your cardiovascular system and metabolism to function correctly. If you want to get better sleep, then you need better sleep ergonomics. Here are the basics to help you get started.
You can get more comfortable sleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed if you know what sleep positions help the quality of your sleep. There are a variety of small changes you can make that won't interrupt your sleep habits too much. For example, if you're a side sleeper, consider placing a pillow between your legs to help better support your lower back and hips when you sleep or invest in a body pillow to hug for support.
You should also try not to place too much pressure on your arms since this can cause circulation issues and put stress on your nerves, leading to the unsavory sensation of pins and needles when you wake up. Using pillows for proper support as you sleep can help you to avoid this scenario.
Speaking of pillows, if you're a back sleeper, you should try putting a pillow behind your knees when you sleep to help you avoid stress and strain on the lower back. If you like to sleep on your stomach, then you should do what you can to break the habit, since it places your neck in an unnatural position all night long, leading to muscles tightness and pain.
The Right Mattress
What you sleep on is important too. A good mattress will help to keep your spine in a neutral position and support its natural curves, allowing it to fully rest and rejuvenate as you sleep. What kind of mattress you need is up to you, so make sure before you commit to buying that you choose a mattress you can test out for awhile to ensure it's offering the right support.
If you have questions about how to improve your sleep ergonomics, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!
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