Sleep research is still in its infancy, yet results from multiple studies and surveys suggest several tactics you can do to increase the odds of restful slumber. How you sleep can have a dramatic impact both on how rested you feel as well as on overall health outcomes.
1. Avoid Stress
Stress and anxiety are major contributors to poor sleep. Making sure to get enough consistent restful slumber, exercising regularly, and eating right can all help manage stress more effectively and avoid it affecting your restful slumber. But one of the best strategies for combatting it is going to bed at roughly the same time each night; your body manages its intensity and duration naturally while you can use these three levers: Timing; Environment; and Substitutions (such as medication).
3. Get Enough Light
There are three levers that control the quality and duration of your sleep: timing, intensity and duration. Timing refers to when you go to bed and wake up – typically managed by your internal clock – with regular exercise and smart light habits being great ways to enhance this aspect of your hygiene. Intensity refers to how much deep, slow wave sleep you get; getting enough sunlight during the day (or using light therapy boxes) or investing in pitch-black curtains/blinds for your bedroom being effective ways of increasing this factor.
5. Sleep on Your Side
Sleep can have profound ramifications for our health, yet altering bedtime posture is often difficult to change if we’re lifelong stomach sleepers. On the positive side, learning to switch positions on your side could provide several health advantages over time, particularly if dealing with heartburn and acid reflux issues.
If you are a lateral sleeper, we have plenty of advice and tips to ensure the most restful night’s rest possible. From which side to sleep on to supporting your neck properly while sleeping lateral, we’ve got all of your sleep solutions covered! Additionally, we will explore both benefits and drawbacks of this popular sleeping position as well as provide thoughtful guidance on transitioning from back or stomach sleeping into becoming a lateral snoozer