Everyone needs to get enough sleep to help the body to function properly, according to the NHS.

Without enough good quality rest, it can make you feel grumpy and irritable, and you may not be working at your best.

The way you sleep could be influencing your quality of rest, and choosing the right sleep position is crucial.

You could be at risk of a bad night’s rest if you sleep on your back regularly, it’s been claimed.

‘The Soldier’ sleep position is one of the worst for a good night’s sleep, said the Alaska Sleep Clinic.

While it’s ideal for people who have back or neck pain, it can lead to difficulty falling asleep.

“Most likely you have a favourite sleep position,” it said. “For most of us, this is the first position in which we lay after getting into bed.

“It’s usually our most comfortable position, and most likely the position you’ve been sleeping in for years.

“The Soldier position describes those that sleep on their back with their arms to their side. Soldier sleepers tend to be reserved and quiet. They also have high standards for themselves and others.

“Sleeping on your back is great for those struggling with neck and back pain. It has been shown to reduce acid reflux and even helps with minimising wrinkles.

“However, sleeping on your back may lead to snoring, difficulty sleeping, and an overall bad sleeping experience.”

Each sleep position has positives and negatives, but one of the better positions is ‘The Log’. That’s where you lie on your side with both arms down.

The Log is extremely beneficial for people with back pain, and it helps to promote digestion.

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While your sleep position has a large impact on how well-rested you feel the next day, another important aspect to your bedtime routine is how long you’re asleep for, added the Alaska Sleep Clinic.

Most people need between six and nine hours of sleep every night, and every person is different.

It’s important to keep to regular sleep hours, as this programmes the brain and internal body clock to get used to a set routine, said the NHS.

You can fall asleep faster by regularly winding down before bed, it said. That can include any way of relaxing the body.

Some people find a warm bath helps them to rest better, while others prefer to write a to-do list for the next day.

The bedroom should be sleep-friendly, and a relaxing environment.

It should be dark, quiet, tidy and kept at a temperature between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius.

Daily Express :: Health Feed


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