"Good laughter and long sleep are the two best cures for anything." -unknown
Whatever I failed to accomplish during the day, I have come to terms with when it's time to get some sleep. Some of us have a designated time when we need to be in bed (which usually depends on the morning's agenda), and others could be at their own birthday party, and when it's their time for bed, the party stops.
As discussed in the previous newsletter, the quality of sleep is most important and sleep timing also is key. Naps, for instance, have been proven to improve most people's mental activity when done correctly. I've taken chances to sleep in my truck during lunch breaks, on flights, during road trips (of course when I'm not driving) and anywhere at all when I really needed it. Above all, my favorite sleep position is asleep, the most uncomfortable sleep position for me is awake.
Have you ever awaken with a crick in your neck, or a sore shoulder? You probably thought it was because you slept wrong, which is true, but what you should also consider is how you slept wrong. The location of your rest can have a lot to do with your sleep position, which has everything to do with your energy when you awake.
Were you sluggish in the morning or did you need an extra cup of coffee to at least be cordial in the morning? Are you someone who needs coffee every morning, I mean do you really need it? Were your workouts really tough because you were challenged or because you were half-spent even before the warm-up?
I implore you to consider your sleep position, for it could be the difference in all you do.
With these most common sleep positions, some you may find normal to you, but other positions are the reason why your body isn't getting its proper rest.
As you can see here (above), the spine needs to be in a neutral position for it to revitalize. Kinks is our phone charges will eventually cause a short circuit and the same goes for our spine.
Let's do this: we'll pick a favorite [healthy] sleep position on this chart and practice it for the next week and see if we notice a difference.
When you awake, how do you feel? Relaxed and loose, or tight and stiff? And if you've changed sleep positions, what difference has it made on your body and its energies? Journal it, track it and look back on your notes whenever you don't get that fantastic night's rest that your body deserves. Use this information to help you bring a very important quality to your life through your sleep.