If we want to lead a healthy and long life, sleep is one of the most important factors we need to pay attention to. During sleep, the body and brain repair and heal itself which results in the prevention of serious health problems. On average, we need 7-8 hours of sleep overnight. If you sum up these hours, we spend nearly 25 years of our life in bed sleeping, which makes the process incredibly important.
Although important, we rarely get as much sleep as we used to do in the past. In fact, we’re sleeping less than the recommended time and we’re developed numerous sleeping disorders as well. Electronic devices, alarm clocks, poor diet and too much caffeine are getting in the way of our sleep and significantly harming our health.
If you want to sleep better, you need to:
- Avoid using your smartphone or tablet before going to bed;
- Avoid drinking alcohol and coffee as they act as stimulants;
- Stay physically active;
- Stick to a sleeping schedule;
- Find a bedtime ritual that will help you relax and fall asleep easy;
- Make sure your bedroom has the ideal light and temperature and is sound proof;
- Invest in a high-quality pillow and mattress.
And, although sleeping 7-8 hours overnight is highly important for our health, the position we sleep in is important too. The position we sleep in has a significant impact on our health and can either accelerate the progression of an ailment or prevent it. Here’s what positions you should sleep in in order to treat common health problems:
If you’re suffering from back pain, you need to sleep with a pillow under your knees and put a folded or rolled-up towel under your back’s curve.
If you’re suffering from any kind of digestive problem, you need to sleep on your left side. Sleeping like this will boost your digestion and fix any problem that doesn’t require immediate medical attention.
High blood pressure (Hypertension)
According to a recent study, if you’re suffering from hypertension it’s best to sleep on your stomach and face. This position will reduce your blood pressure and treat the problems caused by it.
If you’re suffering from neck pain, make sure to put a folded or rolled-up towel under your neck in order to relieve the pain.
According to a study conducted at Harvard, to prevent breathing problems overnight caused by sinus issues, you need to sleep with your head slightly elevated. Put 2 pillows under it to prevent mucus from leaking into your sinuses.
Heartburn and acid reflux
Like with all digestive problems, sleeping on the left side can deal with your acid reflux and heartburn.
Pain in the lower back is common during PMS and can be relieved by putting a pillow under your knees.
If your shoulder hurts, sleep on the opposite side of your body in order not to aggravate it.
Newest studies have shown that headaches might be caused by a twisted neck, so to prevent this problem from occurring, you need to surround your head with pillows when you sleep.
If you’re suffering from any of the aforementioned health problems, make sure to sleep in the recommended position for that exact problem. This will help you wake up full of energy and free of pain, ready for the challenges ahead of you.