The best sleeping positions for you
It's important for you to get a good night's sleep every evening. It'll prevent you waking up feeling worse than the night before, and has even been proven to help the health of your heart during your retirement living.
However, it's not always as easy to succumb to sleep as soon as you shut your eyes. There are a whole myriad of factors which can determine whether you get a restful sleep or an uncomfortable, restless night – your bed condition, the temperature of your room, or your diet can be a few contributing influences.
Any health conditions you have that bring some degree of discomfort or pain can also be an influence, as you try and rest in your NSW retirement community.
Have you ever considered whether your sleeping position may be responsible? Changing it up could bring about a different sort of shut-eye. Here are a few of the most common poses and how they would help your health.
The back planker
An article on Greatist states that lying on your back could be good for your spine and neck because the areas don't come under any strain from contorting or curling up. If you suffer from lower back pain, then here's a handy tip – place a very flat pillow or a folded up T-shirt of soft material under the arch of your aching back. It'll provide relief and can even help with your posture.
However, it's also a prime position for snoring to come out in full-force, which we've already found can impact your sleep quality for the worse. If you know you snore, or wake up with sore throats occasionally, then avoid this position.
The foetus position
According to The Better Sleep Council, this is the most common pose for sleepers to fall into at night. More prevalent in women, it involves curling up on your side with arms and knees tucked in close to your chest.
Health.com suggests straightening up slightly, so you're not constricted. A tight position can affect your breathing, and loosening up will further help to prevent snoring.
Place a pillow between your knees to help keep your spine aligned, so your posture doesn't suffer the next day.
The stomach sleeper
This position can put great strain on your joints and muscles, and does no favours to a weak spine. It opens up your airways if you suffer from severe snoring, but all sources suggest training yourself out of this position.
For now, WebMD suggests sleeping with a pillow under your hips to help reduce your levels of discomfort.
Your sleeping position is part of good sleep hygiene. Finding the best position for your health will really enhance your quality of life in your retirement living years.