We all need a good night's rest. Many people do not realize the amount of time they spend tossing and turning throughout the night. The average American spends approximately a third of their total day awake, tossing and turning, and this number is only increasing each year. If you are tired during the day and have trouble falling asleep at night, then it may be time to talk with your doctor about taking a nap. Taking a nap can be helpful if you are tired but not sleepy enough to fall asleep naturally, and it can help you feel better throughout the day.
People who have trouble falling asleep may want to sleep on their side instead of their back. People who sleep on their side are much more likely to sleep through the night and stay asleep for considerably more hours per night. Unfortunately, many people who sleep on their back do not get as much sleep each night because they are so uncomfortable. It has been found that people who sleep on their side are more alert in the morning and are less likely to snore, have restless leg syndrome, or have neck and back pain after getting up in the morning.
People who sleep on their backs may experience more pressure on the spine and neck. People who sleep on their sides are more likely to roll on their backs or experience side crunches during the night, which are common causes of lower back pain. People who sleep on their backs may also have swollen legs during the night, but they often feel less pressure on their lower back and have better circulation. People who sleep on their sides are far more likely to use a firm mattress, and they are less likely to roll on their stomachs during the night, which can cause pain and other problems.