With over half of all adults sleeping seven or more hours a night, the CSP has produced some useful tips on how to achieve the perfect night’s sleep.
Good posture is key to restful sleep, and there are four main sleeping postures you can adopt:
- lying on your side
- lying your front
- lying your back
- adopting the foetal position
There are also other things you can consider to get a better night’s sleep including:
Gentle exercise can improve sleep patterns but avoid late evening exercise
The type and number of pillows you use will depend on how wide your shoulders are to your neck, your sleeping position and personal preferences. Find a balance that leaves your neck correctly aligned.
Stress can make it difficult for you relax your muscles and unwind.
You need to find the mattress that best suits your needs. Physiotherapists recommend a mixture of support and comfort but you should always try it out for at least 20 minutes before you buy.
Check your duvet’s tog rating. A lightweight duvet is best for summer and a heavier one for winter. You should also check the composition of the duvet if you are affected by allergies.
A room that is too warm or too cold can also affect your sleep. If it is a hot night there are steps you can take to cool the room down, and if it is cold you should always avoid sleeping in a draft.
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