When you wake up in the morning, how often do you truly feel refreshed and ready to take on a new day? Or more often that not do you wake wishing you were able to get a few more hours?
Quality sleep is vital for our wellbeing and health. The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. I use the word quality for a reason..if you are in bed for 7-9 hours but waking frequently, lying awake for hours, unable to go to sleep easily, then I would not describe this as quality sleep.
Health benefits of a quality nights sleep:
- Waking happy and in a good mood
- Allows the physical body to rest
- Lowers your blood pressure and heart rate
- Allows healing and repair of the body
- Regulates your appetite and weight
- Supports growth and development
- More energy and alert
- Improved concentration
There are many reasons you might wake, some of which might not be avoidable. These may include; tending to young children, menopause, needing to go to the bathroom (nocturnia), heartburn, heart issues, breathing problems and some medication.
How to get a better nights...
A simple piece of advice I give my patients is renewing their pillow. How old is your pillow? Does it still support your head and neck? Or do you wake with a headache and pain in your neck? Often, easily over looked is the pillow we sleep with. I commonly see in clinic, neck pain and headaches, especially after a patient has gone on holiday and slept in a different bed.
There is a huge range of pillows to choose from. Thick, firm, thin, quilted, feather and so on. Also there is a large range in prices from $20 to hundreds of dollars. My advice is always to try them out, ideally on a display bed if possible. Everyone is different with what they need and prefer. I personally like a thinner pillow with a thicker one. I am very sensitive to using the correct pillow and sleeping with my husbands pillows is guaranteed to cause a headache for me.
Osteopaths commonly treat patients for headaches, neck and back pain. Often as a consequence of this pain, is a disrupted nights sleep. Osteopathy is a gentle, hands on form of physical therapy to treat aches and pains. Book online or contact us today.