How to make sure you get a good night’s sleep

May 25, 2017
Jess

I don’t know about you, but when I don’t sleep well, I struggle to function like a normal human being. I also need more sleep than most people, and typically need between 8 and 9 hours in order to feel my best. Anything less than 7 and a half, and I get moody, emotional, and I’m my most unproductive self.

#SleepExperts Adjustamatic have released a video detailing how you can ensure you get a good night’s sleep by choosing the best positions to avoid back pain.

It turns out that the number of pillows you sleep with has a huge impact on your spine health. When you sleep with one or three pillows, your spine is not aligned, and two is the correct amount. When we sleep with our spine not aligned, we can end up with long-term conditions that can affect our health and wellness.

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If you’re a back-sleeper, you should be using one pillow. That’s because it keeps your spine at a right angle, preventing it from over or under extending.

For people who sleep on their sides, you may find that putting a pillow between your knees greatly increases your comfort. That’s because it keeps your back aligned throughout the night.

And one of the most important things for our sleep is the type of bed we sleep in. Flat beds are unable to be changed, meaning if it’s not supporting our back each night, there’s nothing we can do about it. However, Adjustamatic double electric beds can be changed, and can greatly improve the way we sleep

I personally find that if I want to have a good night’s sleep, I need to go to bed early and spend time reading. This allows my mind to relax and stops me from obsessing over all the things I need to do the next day. I like to turn my phone onto airplane mode, since studies have shown that using electronics an hour before bed can trick our minds into thinking we need to stay awake. By turning my phone onto airplane mode, I can then use it as an alarm, but I know I’m not going to be disturbed and won’t be tempted by notifications so I’ll avoid that blue light.

I also find that a warm shower signals to my brain that it’s time to sleep. I’ve always been someone who showers at night, so even if I get home at 4am after a night out, I’ll jump in the shower for a quick wash, so I can feel clean and refreshed when I crawl between the sheets. I can’t sleep unless I’ve had a shower.

While I’m a big fan of coffee, I know I simply can’t have it after 4pm if I want to have a good sleep. I’ve learned this the hard way over the years, and have come to accept that 4pm is my cutoff.

What are your tips for a great night’s sleep? Leave a comment below.

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