5 Things That Can Disrupt Your Sleep


The past 2 weeks we have been discussing insomnia and what it is that may be preventing you from getting a good night’s rest.

We’ve already talked about things that may be over-stimulating your brain before bedtime and also the effects of mental/emotional stress.

Today we are going to learn about the structural issues that may be interfering with your sleep.

Structural issues are things like your own postural alignment (are you straight or crooked?), your mattress (is it soft and saggy and unsupportive?), your sleeping posture and even the pillow that you use.

Before I give you some helpful hints regarding these, I want to make you aware of the five signs/symptoms that there may be something structurally wrong.

Here they are …your sleep is interrupted by lower back pain or leg pain (sciatica) or restless leg syndrome (Jimmy Legs) or snoring or sleep apnea. Any one or any combination of these can eventually lead to insomnia.

Now here are a few helpful hints for you…

Regarding your mattress, it should meet the following criteria; you should be able to sleep comfortably and uninterrupted for 7 to 9 hours and when you awaken, you should feel refreshed, well-rested and not sore, stiff or achy.

The worst sleeping posture is sleeping on your stomach.

This can irritate the spinal joints in your neck and your back resulting in neck pain and lower back pain. It is far better to sleep on your side in the fetal position or on your back.

If you choose to sleep on your side, your pillow should fill the gap between your cheek and the tip of your shoulder so that your head and neck are perpendicular to your shoulders. And if you choose to sleep on your back, the pillow should elevate your head and neck 10 -15 degrees only.
 
For those who snore or who have sleep apnea, a contour pillow or an anti-snoring pillow has worked very well for many people. So this is something you may want to consider.

Next time we are going to talk about one more thing that could be the magic bullet to helping you solve your sleep issues and insomnia, so please be sure to check in with us next week.

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