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How to fix common sleep problems with science

By on July 13, 2017     Views: 182

It seems like it’s getting harder and harder to get a good night’s sleep, with a myriad of distractions keeping us from getting enough shut-eye. We’re supposed to get seven to nine hours of sleep, but many Americans don’t hit that target every night. Sleep can provide incredible health benefits, like helping us lose weight, improving our memories, and even making us happier. So when you’re lying in bed with one of these nine common sleep problems, here’s what the science says you should do.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

1. SHOULDER PAIN

Strategically placing pillows is a good way to relieve all sorts of pain. If you wake up with a sore shoulder, try hugging your pillow when you’re going to sleep.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

2. BACK PAIN

Sleeping on your stomach is probably not the best position if you have back pain, though a pillow under your legs can help. If you sleep on your side, try a pillow between your legs to relieve discomfort.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

3. NECK PAIN

If your pillow doesn’t hold its shape, it’s time to get a new one.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

4. TROUBLE FALLING ASLEEP

It can be tough to banish phones before bedtime, but you should. Their blue light can wreak havoc on your REM cycle.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

5. TROUBLE STAYING ASLEEP

Your body should be cooler when you sleep to get the best rest.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

6. TROUBLE WAKING UP

Scientists call not waking up at the same time “social jet lag.” Try setting your alarm for the same time seven days a week.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

7. ACID REFLUX

About 7 million Americans have acid reflux disease. Medication and sleeping elevated on your left side can help.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

8. SNORING

Whether you or your partner are noisy, there are interventions you can try to prevent snoring. If you’re the snorer, start by avoiding sleeping on your back.

What Science Suggests to Fix All of Your Sleep Problems

9. LEG CRAMPS

Scientists aren’t sure what causes nighttime leg cramps, but it’s probably related to muscle fatigue and nerve damage. Stretching and massage can help.

Timothy Chandler

About Timothy Chandler

Timothy Chandler is a frequent contributor to Smart Life Now. A Michigan native, Chandler grew up on his parents’ farm outside of Detroit. In college, he majored in computer science and went on to work as a consultant in New York’s Financial District. In his free time, when he’s not writing or cycling, he loves heading down to the racetrack with his car club.

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