You need 7 to 9 hours of un-interrupted sleep per night.
No tossing or turning or TV’s and when you awaken you should feel well rested, refreshed and loose and flexible.
If you do not sleep comfortably ( tossing and turning ) and you are sore and stiff in the morning to the point where it takes you some time to straighten up and get going then you are probably not sleeping in the right position or on the right mattress.
Furthermore, once you get to 5 years of age, you should no longer be sleeping on your stomach.
This is not good for the neck or the lower back and will be a significant contributor to poor spinal hygiene.
Side sleeping or back sleeping is best and is facilitated by using the right pillow.
Contoured cervical ( neck ) pillows will help maintain proper sleeping posture and the vitally important cervical curve.
What kind of mattress to use? … I couldn’t tell you.
But what I can tell you is this.
If you are not sleeping comfortably for 7 to 9 hours and /or you are waking up sore and stiff , then your current mattress is not appropriate for you.
Whether to use a mattress that is hard or soft, a futon , a waterbed, an air mattress, a memory foam mattress etc. is up to you to determine.
Just make sure that when you buy a new mattress, you have a 60 or 90 day trial period.
You cannot tell if a mattress is good for you by sitting on it in the store.
You need to sleep on it for 10 -14 days to know for sure.
And make sure you take some time for yourself to do the things you love to do and are passionate about.
Have you ever been so engrossed in something that 3 hours only seemed like 15 minutes?
We all have.
Recent research on the mechanisms of aging tells us that if the mind perceives 3 hours as only 15 minutes ( for example ), than so does the physical body.
What effect do you think this will have on how your body ages?
Will it accelerate aging or slow it down?
Part 4 will continue with tips on how to effectively deal with your stress.