Sunday, 12th July 2020

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Dont let bad sleep become your worst nightmare

Dont let bad sleep become your worst nightmare

Sleep advice from Sanitas. Article provided by Sonia Fendley, director of STM Nummos Life S.L.

Rest is a very important part of our day to day lives, and we should aim for between seven or eight hours to make it effective.

Usually we associate this with when we go to sleep, although we must bear in mind that sleep is not necessarily the same as rest: poor posture can ruin our rest making us feel more tired and in a bad mood. During sleep our body is still working and performs functions of great importance: hormonal regulation, consolidation of short term memory...

Although our consciousness is resting, our body deals with its recovery and optimal preparation for the next day. That is why it is so important to rest effectively. The position that we adopt at bedtime is decisive for the quality of our rest: a position in which the back is not enforced, will make you wake up feeling refreshed and having recovered from previous day Recommended Sleeping Positions Try to remain laying on your back. This way your column maintains its natural curvature.

Sleeping on a good quality mattress that does not warp also greatly aids a night rests rest. Sleep with a pillow that will allow you to maintain the curve of the neck: not too high as to take a stand (with chin almost touching the chest), nor too soft or the head may not receive proper support. Try putting a pillow under your knees, something very few people do but that is really quite comfortable.



Lay on your side in the fetal position, with legs flexed. This position is highly recommended for people who suffer pain in the lumbar area, since the pressure between
the vertebrae disappears, although the alignment of the column is not optimal. In order to avoid shrinking one leg and stretching the other, since the hips lose their
alignment you can place a pillow between your two legs, basically, stopping one leg dropping its weight on the other causing pain., this helps the hip to be more aligned
(this position is highly recommended for pregnant women).

Avoid Sleeping Face Down You should avoid sleeping face down as by laying on your stomach, the column is misaligned putting great pressure on the vertebrae of the lower back. In addition, this position requires that the neck is strongly tipped to support you on the pillow, which can create neck tension. By stretching one leg, you flex the other causing pressure on the hip (only on one side is free while the other is still facing down), something that prevents proper rest.

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