Let’s talk about something near and dear to all of our hearts: sleep. It’s not just about crashing on the bed; it’s about getting quality shut-eye that leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. But how do we achieve this elusive state of bliss? Well, it’s all about mastering the art of sleep hygiene – and yes, it’s a thing!

Why Sleep Hygiene Matters

First things first, what is sleep hygiene anyway? Think of it as the collection of habits and practices that set the stage for a good night’s sleep. When you nail down your sleep hygiene game, you’re not just snoozing; you’re entering a realm of deep, restorative sleep that can work wonders for your overall well-being.

Finding Your Perfect Sleep Position

Let’s talk sleep positions. We all have our go-to poses, whether it’s curling up like a prawn or stretching out like a starfish. But did you know that your sleep position can affect more than just your comfort? Back sleeping is like the MVP of sleep positions – it keeps your spine somewhat happy and your wrinkles at bay. But, with a spine that is S shaped, it’s a hard position to hold. So, we tend to gravitate to side sleeping. Side sleeping has its perks too, like better digestion and reduced snoring. Just watch out for stomach sleeping; it can be a real pain in the neck, literally. Here’s a fun fact: An adjustable bed actually mimics your side sleeping position, just on your back, which is ideal.

Think this through. When you sleep on your side, most of us assume the semi fetal or tuck position. The ultimate Adjustable Bed position is a very close mimic of this position but only now, all the weight of your body is taken up by the skeletal frame i.e.: the bones. This gives the muscles the ultimate rest and is why when you sleep in an adjustable bed you wake up completely refreshed and ready to go.

The Skinny on Skin Shedding and Sweating

Now, onto the unsung heroes of the bedroom: mattresses and mattress protectors. Your mattress isn’t just a glorified cushion; it’s the foundation of your sleep sanctuary. Investing in a good one can make all the difference in your sleep quality. But here’s the kicker: mattresses can get pretty gross over time, what with all the sweat and dead skin cells they collect. That’s where mattress protectors swoop in to save the day. They’re like armor for your mattress, keeping it clean and cozy for years to come. A really gross fact is that we all sweat on average half a litre per night. I won’t bore you with the whole recent brain detox and sweat connectivity discovery but it’s fair to say, even when you are anything but hot, you will still sweat in your sleep, every night. That and we all, on average, shed 6 kilos of skin every year.

Don’t believe me? What do you think that fine white dust is all over the dashboard of your car? Now imagine how much fine white dust there would be in your car if you spent eight hours a day, every day in your car and just let it build up. Thats your mattress. And, even more grossly, that is why your mattress gets heavier as it gets older. So, the math goes like this. 8 hours a day, that’s a third of a day. 6 Kilos a year, a third is 2 kilos of skin a year.

Never skimp on a mattress protector. There are some really good waterproof, natural fibre protectors available, some with up to ten year stain warranty.

Sleeping Temperature

Recent studies have shown that a temperate bedroom is important for sleeping. An ideal temperature is around 17 degrees. A few degrees higher or lower than this can cause involuntary restlessness. The issue here is interrupted sleep. Every time you move at night you have to wake up. There is a thing called sleep paralysis. This is what stops you acting out your dreams and being a very dangerous liability to sleep next to. So stable, unmoving sleep is the ideal. An ideal temperature in the bedroom will keep you still longer and wake more rested.

Wrapping Up

So, there you have it, folks – the lowdown on sleep hygiene. By mastering the art of sleep positions, keeping a temperate climate zone, investing in a quality mattress and protector, and embracing the nightly rituals of skin shedding and sweating, you’ll be well on your way to snooze nirvana. So go ahead, tuck yourself in, and drift off into dreamland – you’ve earned it!

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