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Posted by Lauren on March 01, 2017
Everything you do throughout the day will affect how you get to sleep at night. Finding the right mattress and pillow can also play a key part in the sleeping process. Developing healthy sleeping habits will not only benefit you at night, but can help you have a more productive day and enhance your mood. If you get a full night of restful sleep you may even be able to cut out that morning cup of coffee or energy drink.
Suffering from sleep pain can appear in multiple forms. We are not suggesting a cure to pain that can occur resulting to sleep loss, but there are some healthy habits that you can use to try and ease the problem somewhat.
Fibromyalgia is a medical syndrome that causes widespread stiffness and pain in your muscles and joints. Sleep problems are quickly established due to suffering throughout the night. Fibromyalgia coping mechanisms include creating a quiet sleep environment. The presence of stress has been shown to increase the intensity of pain. Exercise done regularly, even low impact, can help improve symptoms and some sufferers have had success with regular massage sessions.
Back pain can be easier to pinpoint a source of the problem. A worn out mattress can easily cause multiple back and sleeping issues. When your spine is constantly out of alignment due to a sagging mattress, you will feel it throughout the night. Old coils will lose their spring causing the mattress to slump. Foam mattresses can have the same type of problem, but you tend to see when that issue is established. Coils you will feel, but not necessarily be able to see that a problem is occurring.
Neck pain tends to be related more to your pillow than your mattress. The intent of a pillow is to align your neck with your spine while you sleep. If you have too many pillows or a flat pillow, you will not be able to create the proper alignment. Depending on how you position your body at night can affect what type of pillow will be best for you. Do not let price trick you into thinking that the pillow you are using is good or bad quality. Many expensive pillows can cause the same type of problems as a cheap pillow.
Are you not suffering from sleep pain, but still having a hard time getting up in the morning? Your sleeping habits could be part of the problem. One of the main problems with getting to sleep is using too much technology before or while you are in bed. Exposure to bright light, particularly blue light from phones and tablets, will keep you awake longer. Alcohol and caffeine are some other issues that can keep you awake if you use them right before bed. There are things you can do that will make getting up in the morning easier. Exposing yourself to sunlight and having a consistent sleep schedule will make morning smoother. Exercising daily and avoiding naps will help your sleep process as well. The good thing about sleeping habits is that bad ones can be broken and good ones can easily be established.