While many of us know the importance of a good night’s sleep, far too few of us actually make it a priority. Sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being and the amount of sleep one needs varies from person to person.
The National Sleep Foundation put together a list of questions to help assess how you feel after different amounts of sleep:
- Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZs to get you into high gear?
- Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease?
- Are you experiencing sleep problems?
- Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
- Do you feel sleepy when driving?
It’s important to determine the amount of sleep that works for your individual needs.
The NSF worked with eighteen leading scientists and researchers to put together the best recommendations and guidance for sleep duration and health. Since sharing their most recent findings with you last year, they have updated their recommendations to provide variability in appropriate sleep durations.
Take a look at the infographic below to see your recommended sleep time. Are you getting the proper amount of sleep?
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When you have throbbing back pain, sleep may seem like an impossible feat. Aches and discomfort not only prevent you from falling asleep but they also make it difficult to stay asleep. If you are one to lose sleep due to pain, you are not alone. Two out of three people with chronic pain have trouble sleeping, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
While there is no universal sleep position to alleviate pain, there are a number of positions that can help you rest easy. A general rule to follow is to listen to what your body is telling you. Try out different positions until you find one that relieves the most pain.
Sleep Positions To Relieve Back Pain
- Side Sleepers: Sleeping on your side allows your spine to elongate, which helps prevent back and neck pain. Placing a pillow between your knees, such as the ContourSleep Knee Spacer, will add additional spinal support. When your spine is in a natural, ergonomic position, tense muscles begin to relax, hip, leg, and joint pain is decreased, and circulation is improved throughout the night.
- On Your Back: While this may not be the most popular sleep position, only 8% of people sleep on their backs, it is the healthiest option for most. Sleeping on your back allows your spine, head, and neck to rest in a neutral posture. If you are experiencing lower back pain, try a Bed Wedge System or an adjustable base. These will help maintain the natural curve of your lower back and provide great support while in bed, reading, or just relaxing. A small, rolled up towel placed under the small of your back will provide additional support.
- On Your Stomach: This position can lead to pain throughout the night, as it is difficult to keep your spine in a neutral position. If you must sleep on your stomach, you can reduce strain on your back by placing a pillow under your lower abdomen and pelvis. As with any sleep position, be sure to choose a pillow that reduces strain on your back and neck.
A key element of a good night’s rest is a sleep environment that promotes comfort and relaxation. Be sure to visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists. They can help you find the perfect pillow and mattress for your specific needs.
Do you wake up with back pain? Toss and turn throughout the night? Your preferred sleep position may be the culprit. Sleep experts suggest sleeping on your side to decrease the chance of interrupted sleep and to rest more comfortably. This sleep position aides in maintaining a neutral posture while taking pressure off of the spine. The same benefits can be achieved with an adjustable base or bed wedge. However, if you prefer other positions there are ways to ensure a restful sleep. Depending on your sleep position, knee spacers can also alleviate back pain by supporting the natural curve of your spine. This helpful infographic presents some more insight into the different sleep positions.
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At Relax The Back, we understand the importance of restorative sleep. Quality sleep is the most significant contribution to your overall health and well-being. While there are multiple factors that lead to a great night’s sleep, the foundation begins with your sleep products.
Get back to sleeping better with our list of top products to help you sleep:
- SleepMask by Tempur-Pedic: Eliminate any light that can disturb your sleep with pressure-relieving TEMPUR material. This cozy mask is perfect for home or long travel trips.
- Bed Wedges: Reduce pressure on your spine, improve circulation, and relieve muscle tension by easily adding extra support where you need it most. Find the comfort and support of an adjustable bed with a Bed Wedge system.
- ContourSleep Knee Spacer: Say goodbye to morning stiffness with this hourglass-shaped knee spacer. Made of pressure sensitive memory foam, it supports your spine in a natural, ergonomic position. Relieve hip pain, leg pain, and joint pain, while you get a better night’s sleep.
- TEMPUR-Side Pillow: Whether you sleep on your side or your back, this pillow provides proper neck alignment for superior comfort and therapeutic support. Relax neck and shoulder muscles completely with plush and pressure-relieving comfort material.
- Technogel Pillows: For those who love the cool side of the pillow, this pillow offers a layer of cool gel to help relieve pain-inducing pressure with no loss of support and alignment. You’ll feel a cool refreshing sensation against your skin as the Technogel layer disperses your body heat.
- Snoozer Body Pillow: Perfect for those who are pregnant, have injuries, or chronic pain, the Snoozer body pillow provides ergonomic support and comfort from your neck, to your lower back, down to your feet. You’ll find deep, relaxing support no matter the sleep position.
- ChiliPad Mattress Control System: Control your ideal sleep temperature with the touch of a button. A cooling and heating temperature control system regulates the surface temperature of your mattress so you can sleep comfortably throughout the night.
- Tempur-Pedic Mattress: Find the personalized comfort and support that your body needs with a Tempur-Pedic mattress. By contouring to your body, these mattresses reduce the number of pressure points on your body, leaving tossing and turning a thing of the past. From soft-as-a-cloud, to ultra firm, to cooling material for those who sleep hot, you can find a mattress perfect for your needs.
Be sure to visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you find the right products for your specific sleep needs. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more sleep tips and solutions.
As a society, we are sleeping less. So, it should come as no surprise that lack of sleep is a common complaint among adults. While your sleep environment is a key component to a good night’s rest, how and what you eat also plays a big role in your quality and quantity of sleep.
Follow these tips to find out how you can eat to sleep better and be on a path to a more restful slumber:
- Don’t skip, then splurge. Skipping meals changes your hormone levels and can throw off your body’s normal sleep pattern. Eating large, late dinners to make up for skipped meals only makes matters worse. Big meals increase blood flow to your digestive tract and stimulate your system instead of calming your body. Do your best to stick to your normal eating routine to avoid restless nights.
- Strike the proper balance. Follow a well-rounded diet with foods high in calcium and B vitamins. These vitamins, along with magnesium, help to promote better sleep. Dairy and leafy greens are a great source of calcium, which help our bodies produce the “sleep hormone” melatonin. Vitamin B6 helps our body produce the “calming hormone” known as serotonin. This vitamin can be found in chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and wheat bread, to name a few.
- Say no to after-dinner espressos. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours, thus keeping you tossing and turning all night. Opt for decaf the next time someone offers you a cup of coffee after dinner.
- Don’t be a party victim. Know what foods cause you indigestion and avoid them close to bedtime. Stay away from fatty and spicy foods as they can lead to acid reflux and indigestion. Also, keep alcoholic drinks to a minimum. Too much alcohol will disrupt your body’s natural rhythms and may keep you up all night.
- Go herbal. Have a soothing cup of tea, such as chamomile, passionflower, or verbena, before bed. These teas act as a mild sedative, which help to calm and relax your body.
Hectic, busy lives often cause sleep to be put on the back burner. Over time this can lead to serious health risks. In fact, chronic sleep loss can lead to problems ranging from depression to high blood pressure to weight gain. Getting the best night’s rest you can starts with creating an environment that promotes comfort and relaxation.
Maximize the comfort of your sleep environment with these tips:
- If your partner snores or has disruptive sleep patterns, discuss an arrangement that allows you both to get the sleep you need. Consider using a pillow that helps prevent snoring such as the TEMPUR-Side Pillow.
- Keep your room cool: 65-72°F is optimal room temperature. If you tend to get too warm at night avoid wearing heavy sleepwear. Pillows and mattresses that use cooling gels and material, such as the Technogel pillows, the TEMPUR-Breeze pillow and the TEMPUR-Breeze mattress, can help keep your body temperature down during warm nights.
- Invest in a supportive, comfortable mattress. A good mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep.
- Turn off electronics 45-60 minutes before bedtime. The lights of tablets, phones, and computer screens suppress melatonin production, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Darkness is best: try using a sleep mask to cover your eyes, use heavy curtains or shades to keep out morning light, or cover electronic displays.
- Keep all work material out of your bedroom. Stressful activities, whether physical or psychological, can cause the body to excrete the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with increasing alertness.
- Quiet is key: try using a “white noise” app to block out unwanted noise. You can also use a fan, which does double duty to keep your room cool and provides consistent, soft, background noise.
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Sleep is as important to good health as diet and exercise. Quality sleep helps to improve cognitive function, cardiovascular health, and personal performance, to name a few. Not getting enough sleep can be a serious risk to your overall health and wellbeing. Today, forty-eight percent of Americans say they are sleep deprived. Chronic sleep loss, or poor sleep hygiene, can increase your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, weaken your immune system and even decrease your lifespan.
Combat the negative effects of sleep deprivation with our top 10 ways to sleep easier tonight:
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This week marks National Sleep Foundation’s annual Sleep Awareness Week. Throughout the week, tips and facts are provided to educate the public and create awareness around the importance of sleep. It is no secret that lack of sleep brings about negative effects such as crankiness, lack of focus, and grogginess but did you know sleep deprivation increases your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, and stroke? The following infographic can help you determine your sleep needs, as well as provide tips and insight into ways you can sleep better at night:
Over the last eight weeks, Relax The Back introduced our community to our 24-hour approach to a good night’s sleep. We emphasized the importance of your daily routine and your sleep environment and the role it plays in effecting the quality of your sleep. Eight lucky winners were picked to receive products that would help them sleep more comfortably.
Congratulations to the following Relax The Back community members:
In addition to sleep facts, tips, and products, we provided our top sleep apps and gadgets to help you wake up feeling rested and refreshed. We truly hope these solutions, tips, and sleep products have helped inform you on the importance of adequate sleep and comfort.
Tricia Cardone is a passionate, certified Holistic Health Coach, nutritionist, and gluten practitioner. After being diagnosed with several autoimmune health concerns and food sensitivities, she began a journey on a more sustainable route that was holistic and nutritionally based. Tricia has turned her life journey into a passion to help others live a healthier, more vibrant life.
She shares her tips for improving your sleep environment and daily routine to help you have a better night’s rest:
Research shows the deepest and most regenerative sleep occurs between 10 pm and 2 am! Sweet dreams!
For more inspiring tips and information on health, nutrition, and overall wellness, follow Tricia on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on her website, APassionForHealthyLiving.com.