The Benefits Of Different Sleeping Positions

Do you sleep on your back, on your stomach, or on your side? You may not think it matters, but that’s just not true. The exact way you sleep may affect sleep comfort, the quality of sleep, and ultimately your emotional and physical well-being. What are the pros and cons of different sleeping positions?

Back Sleepers

Although you may need the right mattress to make it happen, sleeping on your back is considered one of the most effective ways to support the natural shape and curve of your spine. (Even if you sleep on your back, a dated, flat mattress does not support the S-shape of the neck and spine.) Sleeping on your back evenly distributes your weight, taking less of a toll on your organs and joints. For this reason, it is beneficial for people with arthritis to sleep on their backs. There is a notable downside: this particular position may make snoring symptoms even worse.

Stomach Sleepers

Experts reveal that stomach sleepers generally experience less lower back pain, and some even believe sleeping on your stomach can help alleviate problems sleeping at night because it allegedly lowers your blood pressure. Researchers and healthcare professionals are still trying to substantiate claims about blood pressure benefits, however.

What About Sleeping On Your Side?

Sleeping on your side can have a lot of benefits. Like sleeping on your back, sleeping on your side can also help support your spine more naturally (than sleeping on your stomach). Many believe sleeping on your left side will help manage acid reflux symptoms, and pregnant women are encouraged to sleep on their sides for its benefits to the baby. Adjustable beds and adjustable bed mattresses can help increase the benefits of any of these positions. For one, adjustable beds may better fit the curve of your spine. Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds are also available with optional heat and soothing massage that may provide temporary relief from low back pain, poor circulation, edema and swelling of the legs, mild arthritis, or just poor sleep. The brand has been in business more than 40 years, and with over 40,000 beds sold during that time.

Your sleep position matters. If you have certain medical problems or difficulty sleeping, you may want to reconsider your sleep position. Adjustable beds can help support sleepers more fully and completely, whether they are sleeping on their stomachs, backs, or sides.

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Three Things You May Hear About Sleeping During The Holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before you know it, and — believe it or not — several truths, half-truths, and myths about sleeping and comfort have a whole lot to do with the holidays. Whether you’re having problems sleeping at night this winter or year-round, here are a few holiday-inspired sleeping facts and myths to think about.

The Truth About Tryptophan

It is pretty much a guarantee that at least one (if not several) friends and relatives will say that the tryptophan in Thanksgiving turkey has tired them out. But is this true? First of all, tryptophan is an amino acid, and — yes, there’s a lot of it in turkey (and a considerable amount eggs, cheese, and other poultry as well). WebMD puts it plainly: “It’s a myth that eating foods high in tryptophan boosts brain levels of tryptophan and therefore brain levels of serotonin.”

Is The Infamous Night Cap A Myth?

In other words, just how much eggnog can you have while chalking it up to promoting good health and a good night’s sleep? Unfortunately, you may want to take it easy on wine, spirits, and eggnog this Thanksgiving and Christmas, particularly if you need to be up early the next day. Why? Your uncle’s well-meaning assertion that a bit of eggnog/whiskey, etc. will help you nod off is only partially true. Researchers confirm that it will help you fall asleep initially, but people who drink a little too much before bed are much more likely to wake up and/or toss and turn, instead of sleeping all night.

Should You Have Adjustable Beds On Your Christmas List?

Back pain is a huge problem — and 80 to 90% of Americans suffer from it. Unfortunately, being in pain isn’t the only problem; studies show that chronic pain, such as persistent back pain, can also lead to sleeping disorders, such as insomnia. If you are having trouble sleeping at night or you continually fall asleep in the recliner because it’s more comfortable, it may be worth it to put electric or luxury adjustable beds on your Christmas list. Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds, for example, are available with optional heat and soothing massage that may provide temporary relief from low back pain, poor circulation, edema and swelling of the legs, mild arthritis, or just poor sleep. The brand has been around for more than 40 years, and Craftmatic® has sold more than 40,000 adjustable beds.

You are going to hear a lot of things about sleep and sleep comfort over the holidays. Know what is true, what is kind of true, and what is simply not true.

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Two Things To Think About When Purchasing Adjustable Beds This Christmas

What’s on your Christmas list this year? If you are throwing around the idea of purchasing an adjustable bed as a gift or even asking for one, there are a few things you need to know. First, adjustable beds come in many different materials and it is important to know which one you prefer (or the intended recipient prefers) and why. Second, ask who are the best candidates for an adjustable bed? Knowing the answer to this question may help you scrounge up a gift idea for an aging parent — or another family member or relative — in need.

All Adjustable Beds Are Not Created Equal

Many Americans do not realize that there are several different types of adjustable beds out there, with slightly different perks and benefits. Consumers can generally choose from three main types of adjustable bed mattresses: innerspring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, or air chamber mattresses. While their incline (or lack thereof) may be adjustable, innerspring mattresses contain coil springs and are most like traditional beds. Memory foam beds, sometimes called ergonomic beds, conform to users’ specific shape; when users get out of bed, mattresses take their original shape again. Air chamber mattresses allow consumers to let air in or out, ultimately changing the firmness of their bed.

Adjustable Beds Make The Perfect Gift For Friends And Family Struggling With Pain

Another thing to consider is who are the best candidates for adjustable beds. With all of the types of adjustable beds on the market, they can be suitable for just about anyone. People who comfortably fall asleep in recliners or chairs, people who experience persistent back and/or neck pain, and/or people suffering from edema, or swelling of the legs, may be some of the best candidates. Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds, for example, are available with optional heat and soothing massage that may provide temporary relief from low back pain, poor circulation, edema and swelling of the legs, mild arthritis, or just poor sleep. Craftmatic® stores have sold more than 40,000 mattresses in over 40 years of business.

Should you put an adjustable bed on your Christmas list? Is an adjustable bed the right choice for your loved one? Consider the different types of adjustable beds and who need them most this holiday season.

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Three Big Problems Caused By Fitful Sleep

Are you having problems sleeping at night? You may think that getting too little sleep isn’t that big of a deal, but unfortunately that’s just not true. Too little sleep, poor quality sleep, or insomnia can have devastating effects on all aspects of your life. Here are just a few common problems that may be chalked up to fitful sleep.

Problem: You’re Struggling To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat

Getting restful sleep is critical for promoting good health — and for keeping the body’s natural chemistry working at its best. Tossing and turning at night may result in heightened levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol causes the body to hold onto reserves of belly fat, ultimately making it much more difficult for people to lose weight in that particular area.

Problem: You Feel Foggy, Irritable, And Unable To Concentrate

A lack of sleep doesn’t just affect your body and your long-term health; it can also have lasting psychological and emotional effects. “Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways,” WebMD writes. “It impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving.” Troubles sleeping can also adversely affect memory and memory retention, making it much more difficult to remember new information or tasks to complete at work.

Problem: You’re Constantly In Pain

More than half of all American adults experience chronic pain that may be related to problems sleeping at night, according to The National Sleep Foundation. And part of the problem may be your bed. Experts agree that flat mattresses do not support the curves of the spine, and sleeping in certain positions — such as sleeping on your side — may increase the breathing and/or blood circulation problems. Adjustable bed options provide a simple solution. Adjustable bed mattresses, such as Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds, are available with optional heat and soothing massage that may provide temporary relief from low back pain, poor circulation, edema and swelling of the legs, mild arthritis, or just poor sleep. Craftmatic® stores have sold more than 40,000 beds in over 40 years of business.

Problems sleeping at night may be the reason for your other problems, too. Getting a good night’s rest and/or looking into adjustable bed options may help you lose belly fat, lessen pain, and stay alert during the day.

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Three Ways To Get More Sleep At Night

At least 15% of Americans are living in pain, thanks to sleep position and problems sleeping at night. Thankfully, chronic pain — or at least chronic pain resulting from too little sleep or tossing and turning at night – is preventable. There are plenty of ways U.S. men and women can sleep better at night, promote good health, and increase sleep comfort. Here are just a few.

When Is The Best Time To Exercise For A Good Night’s Sleep?

Is there a right time to exercise to beat the symptoms of insomnia and/or generally sleep better at night? The answer is no. The notion that exercising at certain times of day (i.e. night) can keep you awake at night is false. “The National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 ‘Sleep in America’ poll, which studied the sleep habits of 1,000 participants, found that an overwhelming majority (83%!) of people who exercised at any time of day (yep, including late at night) reported sleeping better than those who didn’t exercise at all,” CNN reports.

Quality Sleep: What You Eat Matters!

Eating right may not only affect your heart and overall health — it can also affect how much (or how little) sleep you get at night, too. Foods rich in vitamins and nutrients, including halibut, salmon, and tuna, yogurt, whole grains, bananas, and more promote quality, restful sleep.

Is It Time To Replace Your Mattress?

Exercising regularly and eating well, however, will help you sleep better at night — but even exercise can’t fix a grossly uncomfortable mattress. Old, flat mattresses may not support Americans’ backs and limbs properly. (Sleeping on your side, for example, may negatively affect breathing and blood circulation.) Adjustable beds, on the other hand, literally offer users thousands of different, comfortable positions for sleeping and reclining. For instance, Craftmatic adjustable beds equipped with optional heat and massage may provide temporary relief from low back pain, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of leg symptoms, and/or symptoms of gastric reflux.

Getting a good night’s sleep — and beating chronic pain associated with trouble sleeping and/or insomnia — is possible. Make sure to get regular exercise and eat well, and consider replacing old, tattered mattresses with adjustable beds that may offer extra support for your neck and spine.

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