With more warm and muggy nights ahead it can be a challenge getting a comfortable night's sleep. Here are five fabulous tips for avoiding long, restless nights of tossing and turning this summer.
1. Keep your bedroom cool
A warm bedroom will lead to a restless night's sleep. Keep your bedroom at a low temperature, and if you are a hot sleeper look for mattress toppers, pillows and doonas that have temperature regulating qualities, such as the TempraKON
2. Block out light
When you are in a dark environment, your brain begins to produce melatonin which allows you to go to sleep. Avoid watching television, using computers or other light-producing technologies before you go to bed and if you can’t make your
bedroom dark, use an eye mask.
3. Ensure your bedroom is quiet
Noise is one of the top causes of disturbed sleep. Using a fan in the bedroom to create ‘white noise’ or earplugs are easy ways to block out noises that will disturb your sleep. If your partner snores, make sure they are evaluated if you notice signs that they stop breathing between snoring events.
4. Make sure you are sleeping on the right surface
One of the biggest mattress myths is ‘the firmer, the better’. In truth, a firm mattress is likely to cut off blood flow and put
excess pressure on joints, tendons, and ligaments, making you uncomfortable and increasing chances of disturbed sleep. Long term this could cause daytime shoulder, hip, and spinal pain.
5. Make sure your pillow fits your body and your mattress
Your pillow and mattress should work together to give you correct postural alignment, which helps you to wake up
feeling rested and healthy. With proper spinal alignment your body’s natural curves like the lumbar spine should be
supported in the neutral position, allowing your body to recuperate from the stresses of the day. As your spinal column realigns, at night, the discs that separate the bones in your spine rehydrate with fluid for protection during the day.
These tips are by Dr Oexman for Snooze. For more about their soothing range go to: www.snooze.com.au Or head into your local Snooze store to find out if you are sleeping on the right mattress.