What’s Keeping You from a Good Night’s Sleep?

A good night’s sleep is more than just a good night’s sleep. It’s poor sleep costs this country more than just a restless night. It costs us unproductivity, accidents in the workplace as well as the road and unhappy relationships because of people’s irritability. Economic productivity can suffer when a significant percentage of the workforce is chronically tired. Plus, social relationships can be stretched to the point of breaking, thanks to an ever-present irritability due to lack of quality, restful sleep.

A number of factors can contribute to a poor night’s sleep. When you go to bed is important. What you do before you go to bed is important (the less screen time, the better). What may be most important of all is what you sleep on and in, from your mattress to your clothes to where you lay your head.

Many people find they get more restful sleep when they are stretched out in their living room recliners than when they lie down in their beds. This is because recliners place the spine in a more natural position than traditional flat mattresses. If this sounds like you, an adjustable bed may be the answer. Adjustable bed mattresses can put you in what is known in the medical world as the Fowlers position, which provides the ideal support for a good night’s sleep.

What do you wear to bed? Tight-fitting pajamas (or no pajamas at all) can make it too difficult for your skin to adjust, causing dermal tension that can keep you from sleeping deeply or even keep you awake. Looser clothing acts as an intermediary between your skin and the bedsheets, allowing both to shift and adjust without undue strain or tension.

Here’s a good pillow test: fold your pillow in half and let go. If it doesn’t spring back flat, you need to buy a new one. Worn-out pillows can exacerbate shoulder, neck, and back pain by forcing the head into an uncomfortable position all night long, which makes for a restless night and a painful day. Make sure you understand what your favorite sleeping position is to test whether your pillow is ready for replacement. The best pillows for back- and stomach-sleepers are thin, while the best pillows for side-sleepers are thicker, to keep the neck aligned with the rest of the spine.

Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.

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