Getting a full night’s sleep is a vital aspect of your overall health and wellbeing–––but there’s more to it than that.
Even if you already get a full eight hours of sleep each night (if not more), there is a big difference between getting enough sleep and getting good sleep. While there are plenty of factors that go into getting a good night's sleep, your comfort level is one of the most important. Sleeping in the wrong clothing or on an overly cluttered bed can have a direct impact on the quality of your rest, which is why comfort should be a priority. Feeling more comfortable while you sleep goes beyond just having a good mattress or luxury bedding–––in fact, it’s actually a bit less complicated. Try out the easy tactics below in the coming nights to see what your nightly routine might be missing and you’re sure to have a more comfortable night’s rest.
Change what you wear to bed
No matter how good the clothes you usually wear to bed may feel, the wrong material can certainly impact your comfort levels. Since you’re usually piled under several layers when you get into bed, it’s usually in your best interest to wear lightweight sleeping attire. No matter how cold you might feel when you first get under the covers, your body is bound to heat up while you sleep. In fact, the less clothing you wear to bed, the better. The health benefits of sleeping naked include (but aren’t limited to) better quality of sleep, falling asleep faster, and even reduced anxiety. But, if you don't feel comfortable in your birthday suit just yet, sleeping in your undergarments is a doable alternative that will still allow your body to breathe. Just make sure to wear non-constricting cotton underwear at night to help prevent extra discomfort and increase airflow.
Try hugging a pillow
Studies have shown that there are psychological benefits to cuddling with inanimate objects at night, and naturally, the object most people turn to is their pillow. Beyond the comforting effects of hugging a pillow while you sleep, doing so can actually help to better support your body during the night as well. Our soothing and huggable Heatbag is the perfect solution for those who want to test these findings. Heatbag helps you to feel safe and secure as you sleep while also offering temperature control. It can easily be heated or frozen to meet your needs and provides an extra sense of comfort for those who want to try hugging something while sleeping!
Know how to position your body
Everyone has a different sleeping position that feels most comfortable to them, but every position has its downside. The most popular sleeping position by far is sleeping on one’s side. Sleeping in a side position creates fewer physical problems than other options, but can end up putting pressure on your hips. Side sleepers who feel discomfort in their hips should sleep with a pillow between their legs to provide extra support.
Stomach sleepers, though few a far between, end up putting pressure on their neck and spinal cord during the night. If you are a stomach sleeper experiencing back and neck pain in the morning, try to make a habit of sleeping in a different position for the sake of your comfort level and health.
Finally, back sleepers can sometimes experience lower back pain due to this position, and if this is the case for you, it might be time to make a change. This position also tends to be one that is prone to increasing snoring as well, which is something many want to avoid!
No matter how you sleep, there will always be pros and cons, but it’s best to consider different ways to position your body to increase your comfort levels!
For anyone who has been struggling to get a more comfortable night’s sleep, any of the options above should help make this ideal a little more attainable. Wear clothes that allow your body to breathe, position yourself in a way that’s best for your health, and consider hugging a pillow for extra security. Any and all of these practices can make a world of difference in how you feel when you wake up.
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