Sleep Posture

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Sleep Posture

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.

Sleep Posture

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

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24 thoughts on “Sleep Posture

  1. Great read! I've been thinking about getting a pillow for some time now that's a bit higher and more firm, this post has inspired me to just do it! You're right there are days where I wake up and all my neck and shoulder muscles are killing me and it's just from bad posture. Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • Sally Sally says:

      A good night's sleep is so important. Physically and mentally. I can't function if I ache or am tired. Hope you've got your new pillow and it's working for you.

  2. This is a great post. I've recently got a new mattress that moulds to your shape. It's pretty comfortable. I tend to roll up into a ball but I wake up aching. Even if I try to lay straight I can't always do this and I need to lay on my side, rolled up into a ball. It's so frustrating because if I don't fall asleep like that, I assume the shame in my sleep. I position my pillows around me and sometimes I have to put one under one of my legs to support my sleeping shape. I'm not sleeping well lately so it's more important than ever that I have a comfortable sleep even if it isn't for long.

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    • Sally Sally says:

      You new mattress sounds great Janet. I hope you get used to it quickly and that your sleep improves. It's funny what positions we adopt during sleep isn't it?

  3. We know we need a new matress, maybe even the entire bed frame too, we just can't afford it right now! It is on our priority list right at the top, as soon as we have enough. For now, I have decided to buy new pillows, so at least that part will be taken care of! x #stayclassymama

  4. I'm not a great sleeper. I can never get comfortable and wake multiple times a night and I suffer with awful neck and back pain. I bought a huge U shaped body pillow with my Christmas money and oh my word the difference is incredible. I've never slept better. I still wake a couple of times at night but this pillow is so unbelievably comfortable and I haven't had any pain since using it.

    #stayclassymama

    • Sally Sally says:

      That's amazing Janine. I've seen those pillows but never tried them. I'm glad it's working well for you. It's horrible having neck and back pain.

  5. I need to buy a new mattress desperately. Most mornings I wake up and am certain I'm the Princess from The Princess and the Pea. It may just be that I'm getting old'er'ish. LOL

    #AnythingGoes

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh no, poor you Alexandra. I hope you sleep better tonight. It's no fun being uncomfortable all day.

  6. Some great tips! I completely agree about the importance of the right support and posture when sleeping. I feel terrible if I don't sleep well; even when my daughter was young and I was woken often, as long as I slept well when I did sleep, I felt okay in the morning. #DreamTeam

  7. We recently got a new bed and some fancy new pillows, you don't realise how badly you have been sleeping until you make the change. It's shocking how many problems bad posture can cause. Thanks for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures

    • Sally Sally says:

      I know, we didn't realise how bad our bed was until we got a new one. I love our mattress, it's so comfortable. Although we've had it a few years now, so might have to consider a new one in the next couple of years.

  8. I wonder what category "Does a Beagle Sleep on your head?" would come under?

    Holly Bobbins loves to sleep on my pillow and so I end up waking up with a beagle hat!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh dear. That can't be that comfortable. I have got friends who say they have cats sleeping on their head - so similar to you Mandy.

  9. We do need a new mattress as we've worn down the area we sleep in. But I do feel rested when I wake, so that will be on the list for a future purchase. I do the same as you, a firm pillow on bottom and a softer pillow on top! It's perfect for me, but it took a while to figure it out.

    A decent bed is hard to find, I like mine a bit more firm than Bruce, we're going to have a hard time finding one to make us both happy! So for now, I'm sticking with the one we have. I love the size, King, now when I look at our old double bed I can't believe that both of us slept in it! LOL

    • Sally Sally says:

      You'll be surprised Nikki, you can buy mattresses that are firmer on one side and softer on the other. My other half and I are like you but the other way round. Yes completely agree about the King, it's always noticeable if we go away and we share a double - he's such a bed hog!

  10. Very helpful post. I have problems with my lower back, so argonomic pillow is a must for me and sleeping posture also. otherwise I wake up feeling like a hundred years old;) #AnythingGoes

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