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BEDS AND POSTURE: LAYING YOUR HEAD DOWN THE RIGHT WAY

bed-02“The bed has become a luxury place for me and I will not exchange it for all the thrones in the world”. ~ Napoleon I~
Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is usually characterised by and associated with irritability and grouchy persons, and has nothing to do with nightmares or the ‘wrong sides’ but the bed being lain on. Typically but arguably, the least conversation topic in an African setting is the bed we lie on. We rather revel and talk about our experiences in the bedroom, leaving little room for the bed. Quite likely, you will find generational beds, with springs sticking out and foam sobbing for respite.
We find ourselves in our era where finding a sofa, planks of wood or any flat surface where the body form can be stretched out as ‘bed thrives: “If I can shut my eyes for a few hours to offset some debt with nature, why not?”
Beds inform our sleeping patterns, posture and in the long run determine moods, as sunken beds can leave dents of pain and grumpy outlook on our day. We always wake up in the morning to go to work, school or one form of meeting, whichever way, its daybreak and we need to get out, and we get back to slump on our beds not giving a care in the world or whether we are obeying the dictates of bed manners.
Topics on sleeping positions, postures and its adverse implications are endless. There are many schools of thoughts and myths surrounding how we are required to sleep and what position best suit us. For instance snoring is usually associated with bad sleep posture. Lying flat on your back causes the flesh in the back of the throat to block the airways causing the sleeper to snore. The appropriate way of lying down in this regard is on either of your side. Recommended sleep is eight hours, and since we spend one-third of our lives asleep we ought to pay particular attention on that score.
Although how we sleep should be an individual decision of what we are comfortable
Sleeping on the right side can worsen heartburn. However, sleeping on the left side can put a strain on internal organs like the liver, lungs, and stomach, but also while reducing acid reflux. Pregnant women are advised to sleep on their left side for optimal blood flow. Lying face down or what is normally called ‘Free-fall’ is good for digestion.
Suggested and acclaimed sleeping position is lying on our back which makes it easier for our neck, heads and neck and spine to align in a neutral position, and guarantees you waking up bright eyed and bushy-tailed.
The kind of beds and mattresses we lie on equally affect our sleeping patterns and moods, be it orthopaedic mattresses, inflatable beds, king-sized/queen-sized beds and we subsequently have the task of choosing the apt ones. However, the crux of the matter here is to take cognisance of our sleeping postures to guarantee our waking up chummy and full of life save external influences and factors beyond the control of our beds.

By: Angela, Ashong African Home Building-News

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