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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?


Find out if your concentration, memory, general well-being and even your aches, pains and flu bouts are connected to how you sleep!

Do You Often Wake Up In The Middle Of The Night?

  1. Frequently
  2. Sometimes
  3. Not at all

What're Your Favorite Sleeping Position?

  1. Flat on my back or on my side.
  2. I switch between sleeping on my belly, side and back.
  3. Mostly on my belly.

Do You Often Change Sleeping Positions?

  1. Maybe, but I'm hardly aware of it.
  2. Sometimes, and I wake up when it happens.
  3. Yes, and sometimes I wake my husband up.

How Often Do You Wake Up With A Stiff Neck?

  1. Not at all.
  2. Sometimes, when I've been in a sleeping position for too long.
  3. All the time.

When Was The Last Time You Changed Your Mattress?

  1. Just recently.
  2. A few years ago.
  3. I can't remember, I think I've had it since my teenage years.

How Do You Choose A Mattress Before You Buy It?

  1. By sleeping on it.
  2. By sitting on it or lying on it.
  3. By pressing it with my hand.

Do You Have A Regular Bedtime?

  1. Yes, I go to bed and wake up at a regular time every day.
  2. Yes, on most days except the weekend.
  3. No, it fluctuates depending on work commitments and/or social activities.

Is Falling Asleep A Lot Of Work For You?

  • No, I doze off the moment I hit the sack.
  • Not really, I take a few minutes to fall asleep.
  • Yes, it takes up to an hour.

How Often Do You Wake Up With Back Pain?

  1. Not at all.
  2. Sometimes, when I've been in a sleeping position for too long.
  3. All the time.

Do You Feel Rested When You Wake Up?

  1. Yes, and I'm raring to deal with the day's challenges.
  2. It depends on what I did the night before.
  3. Seldom or not at all.

Mostly 1s: Good Sleeper

You're having close to optimal rest and are conscious that good sleep is necessary for you to function well at work, home and play. This is why you make conscious decisions to maximise your resting hours, such as having a regular bedtime and a minimum six to eight hours' sleep every night. You are also smart enough to keep distractions and work stress at bay before you turn in.

Investing in good sleep essentials, like comfortable pillows and mattresses will enhance your quality of sleep. Educating yourself on the haws and whys of these bedtime essentials may give you the additional rest your body has never felt before, and could sharpen your mental clarity during the day.

Mostly 2s: Average Sleeper

Your lifestyle habits and work commitments may have more influence on your sleeping patterns than you chink. And your body may be starting to compensate for these not-so-healthy habits. For instance, if you had a drinking session with clients that lasted into the wee hours of the morning, chances are, you will not be well rested and might not be up to the next day's challenges. Your choice of mattress and pillows also makes a difference.

When choosing a mattress, the old adage "hard is better" is a myth. Test the mattress and make sure it is spacious enough and gives the right support. It's more important to think about comfort and support levels, and consider factors like body temperature, sleeping position and lighting. Recultivate the good habits of youth, such as sleeping at regular times, and listen a little more to your body.

Although they may be infrequent, backaches, neck pains and fatigue could be early signs of restless sleep. Some sleeping aids to try include aromatherapy oils, herbal sleep products, homeopathic remedies, warm milk, breathing exercises, arid quiet activities, like reading, meditating or taking a hot bath.

Mostly 3s: Poor Sleeper

You're struggling to have good sleep, and the quality of your mattress and pillows might have something to do with it. Tossing and turning, waking up with aches and pains, and feeling more tired than before you went to bed are just some of the symptoms of poor sleep. The tendency to sleep on your tummy may sometimes be seen as the body's instinct to relieve pressure on your back, and may suggest that the quality of your mattress isn't good enough.

Meanwhile, your pillow should be of the right density and firmness to cradle your head. It should hold it in the same position to your shoulders and spine as when you are standing upright. A stiff neck is the body's way of telling you something's not right. Poor sleep affects many aspects of your daily life, ranging from how you feel (grouchy and irritable), to your relationships, productivity, and overall quality of life.

Recent studies have indicated that it also increases the risks of illnesses, like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. According to orthopaedic surgeon Dr James H. Wheeler, neck and back problems can be solved by providing support to the natural curve of the spine. When your spine and joints rest in their natural positions, you will definitely sleep more peacefully. You may also want to try some of the sleeping solutions mentioned earlier. It's such a simple thing, but proper sleep could change your life!

 

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