Ever get that feeling when you wake up that you’ve slept on a bed of rocks? All your muscles ache and your back is creaky. Well that could be down to the way you sleep and your sleep posture whilst you are getting your ZZZs.
Let’s start with the basics. Have you got a supportive bed frame and mattress? If the answer is no, well get yourself these essential items. How do you ever expect to do the best by your body if you are sleeping on a mattress and bed frame which is old or unsuitable?
There are a number of reported side effects if you aren’t getting enough good-quality sleep. These include, back and muscle pain, headaches, cramping and even stomach aches. You know when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep. You can be short-tempered and grouchy around people. It’s also reported that people who get less sleep, rely on sugar fixes during the day, so they have a poorer diet and a lower intake of fruit and vegetables.
So we know that good-quality sleep is so good for us and we’ve got the basics right. Next part is to think about how you are sleeping. Are you all scrunched up in a ball all night? If so, your muscles need to be able to relax and stretch out. Your body should be at rest, whilst you get your rest. Just like you, your body needs to relax and recharge regularly. So stretch yourself out on your bed and give your muscles enough opportunity to relax into a good night sleep.
The final piece of the sleep posture puzzle is your pillows. What angle is your neck at? There’s been lots of articles about the wrong and the right angles (no pun intended) and I’m not any kind of doctor so I won’t tell you what’s wrong and what’s right. But if you are experiencing neck, shoulder or back pain, why not try a different height of pillow or perhaps even a new pillow. I’ve bought many pillows over the years, trying to find the ultimate comfort for my sleeping position. I do have a really good set up now, with one quite firm pillow at the bottom and a softer one at the top. It works for me, but it may not be right for someone else. My suggestion is to try out different options and see what works for you.
Adjustamatic have put together this wonderful video to help you identify what might be causing your discomfort or what may be making your night’s sleep less than restful. Take a look, I’d love to know what you think.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative piece with Adjustamatic