Getting enough sleep is probably one of the most effective ways to keep your body recharged and functioning properly. Even if you exercise well and eat a nice healthy diet but then lack sleep, you’ll still feel incomplete, restless, and sluggish. You think is sleeping is easy? Yes, but then again studies have shown that there are ways where you can get sleeping entirely wrong. Read on to find out more about how you might be sleeping wrong your entire life.
1. You swear by your sleep tracker.
Experts have agreed that you don’t necessarily need a sleep tracker to check if you’ve had a good night’s sleep since your body will tell you if you have or haven’t. Do you remember that feeling when you woke up from a really nice vacation? That’s how you should feel—refreshed. And you need to feel like that every single day.
2. You only use pillows for your head.
If you’re sleeping on your back, wedge a pillow under your knees to relieve the pressure from your lower back. If you’re keen to sleeping on your sides, place a pillow under your armpit and another one between your legs to help keep your spine aligned.
3. You sleep on your stomach
This can sometimes be comfortable for some; however, sleeping in this position can possibly cause you to have breathing problems.
4. You drink alcohol before bedtime
While drinking can help you go into an immediate snooze-fest at first, it can also make you get up mid-slumber because of your urge to urinate. This may reduce the quality of sleep you’re getting each night.
5. You don’t have a proper bedtime.
This means that your sleeping patterns vary depending on your mood. You sometimes sleep at 9pm one day then go to bed at 3am the next day.
6. You sleep in on weekends.
Binge-sleeping over the weekends won’t help you catch up on any missed sleep you had the entire week.
7. You go to sleep on a full stomach.
This is really a no-no. You’ll just increase the risk of getting heartburn if you do so.
8. You sleep on fluffy and ultra-soft pillows.
Ideally, your pillow should provide just enough elevation for your head and neck to keep your spine aligned while dozing off.
9. You sleep in fetal position.
When you sleep on your side, you run the risk of experiencing breathing problems later on and compromise the quality of sleep you’re getting. Place a body pillow under your top arm and another pillow between your limbs to lengthen your spine.
10. You sleep in a very old mattress.
Most inner springs on mattresses last for only a maximum of 10 years, depending on quality of the mattress you bought, your weight and the amount of time you actually spend in bed. If yours already has a large dent in the middle or somehow your body sags into the mattress when you lie in it, then it’s high time for you to replace your mattress. Otherwise, you’ll end up waking with an aching hips, lower back, or shoulder.