There are a wide range of factors which can adversely affect your quality of sleep. Did you know you can choose a mattress which supports the way you sleep?
It is widely known that different types of mattresses are better for certain types of sleep positions, but why?
It is all about quality. Purchasing a mattress or ensemble is a commitment. You buy with the intention of sleeping on your mattress for a long time. It is important to invest in a mattress which optimises health and wellness benefits. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a great night's sleep can depend on the comfort you feel in your bedroom environment.
Good sleep is one of the three key building blocks for good health. With a supportive mattress you can expect lumbar support and pressure relief which helps you to feel better in the morning. Research shows the benefits of continual, quality sleep for your health, mood and memory are extensive. Better sleep is shown to help you lead a happier, healthier life.
The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School lists approaches which include: maintaining a comfortable sleep environment, and encouraging a healthful balance of nutrition and exercise as key areas to improve the quality of sleep.
Sleeping on your side?
According to the US based Better Sleep Council, the most beneficial sleeping position is on the side, with the legs slightly raised up and towards the chest. This position is ideal because it does not increase pain, and can promote a more comfortable and restful night's sleep.
Our Regal Health Solutions health professionals agree. When we are on our sides, we are matching the spines ideal position. Dr Michael Hayworth, Chiropractic Doctor and Director of Rosanna Chiropractic, "when we are in a supportive mattress it will keep us in that ideal position, removing that stress off our spines."
Sleeping on your back?
If you are sleeping on your back, you will require a mattress with a strong support system to help to keep a good curvature of your spine while in this sleep position.
Sleeping on your stomach?
According to many health professionals, sleeping on the stomach can be bad for health. To help support your neck while sleeping on your stomach, you can sleep with a soft pillow.
Research suggests that we sleep in a combination of these different sleeping positions throughout our lives.
Purchasing a bed that is right for you require evaluation of many different factors. Knowing how you sleep can help you tailor your needs to the mattress you need to sleep on, which will provide you the best support. At Regal Sleep Solutions we help you find the mattress that is right for you.
A lack of sleep
75% of Australians report difficulty falling asleep every night. Sleep Physician, David R Hillman, and Psychology Professor Leon C Lack, authors of Public health implications of sleep loss: the community burden highlight in their article in the Medical Journal of Australia, a disturbing insight: recent evaluation suggests 20-35% of Australians experience frequent sleep difficulties, get inadequate sleep, feel sleepy or irritable.
National Geographic published an article on the necessity of sleep, in which Associate Professor Kurt Lushington, director of the Centre for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia, explains "There is good evidence that sleep acts like a glue that holds memories together- that it's important for memory consolidation, and the flip side, forgetting." This is not the only benefit with overall health and mood boosted with quality sleep.
In an article published by the Medical Journal of Australia, improvement of sleep environment is one aspect of effective cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT-i) for chronic insomnia sufferers. This includes a comfortable, supportive sleep surface amongst other sleep hygiene factors.
Advocates for sleep
Regal Sleep Solutions is thrilled to see a growing movement of high profile advocates of quality sleep around the world. One campaigner is Arianna Huffington, whose wake-up call came after exhaustion and severe sleep deprivation caused her to pass out in a meeting, sustaining an injury to her eye that required stiches. In her book Thrive, she challenges readers to redefine what success looks like, adding another way to measure success: our well-being.
The Sleep Health Foundation highlights some key considerations:
• Warmth is important, both the temperature of the room and having enough blankets
• Having warm hands and feet is essential
• The mattress, pillow and blankets should be comfortable and restful
Quality sleep is often the first step to improved health. Remember: your mattress should offer optimum support and you should be able to rest easy knowing it helps to alleviate pressure points while keeping your spine in a neutral position.