It’s been found that more than one third of all Americans are not getting enough sleep. We live hectic lives and seem to always be on-the-go. According to Business Insider, in 1942, the average individual slept 8 hours — which is now down to 6.8 hours per night.
This is leading to a range of adverse effects — including lost productivity, inability to learn, irritability, headaches, workplace accidents, weight gain, and even an increased risk of heart disease. As stated in a review, published in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, sleep deprivation affects blood pressure, metabolism, inflammation, hormone regulation, and blood glucose levels.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, why is that? Have you challenged your current lifestyle?
Avoid These 10 Harmful Sleeping Positions and Habits
We don’t often give it much thought — the complex inner workings of our body and mind. As we go about our day and sleep at night, our brains and body work together, helping you maintain positive health and a high level of functioning. You can enhance your ability to heal and reach the deeper stages of sleep, but you need to be aware of the following.
- Sleeping on your stomach
Many of us are guilty of being stomach sleepers — after all, it is comfortable, right? Unfortunately, experts agree that this position leaves you vulnerable to pain and discomfort. If you often feel like you didn’t sleep well, waking up overly stiff, this may be why. As your stomach is pulled downward, this affects the curvature of your spine.
If you can’t sleep any other way — adjust your body’s position. Instead of stacking pillows, invest in a thinner, more firm option. This will ensure that your neck isn’t propped up too high, allowing for better circulation and a more natural alignment of the spine.