On a side, with the head tilted over the edge of the mattress, with the pillow over the head, completely under the blanket or without a blanket at all, it all depends on what makes you feel comfy and leads you to sleep. The room temperature is a great factor in all this as is the person you share your bed with.
- the soldier position is prone to snoring and waking up with dry mouth
- you get more oxygen when you sleep sitting but it fees uncomfortable and you can wake up with neck pain
- a pillow between your knees makes sleeping on a side way more comfier
The average American spends 7.5 hours a night in bed, but actually sleep only 6.1. Week-ends are usually big culprits as most people tend to stay up late and sleep an extra couple of hours in the morning. This makes Mondays hard to come by and it equals less hours dedicated to sleep. A couple of weeks or even months of late nights sure didn’t kill anyone but when this turns into a lifestyle your body will take its own measures.
- sleeping only 6 hours a night increases the chances of being overweight
- a 20 minute nap is more effective than 200 mg of caffeine
- when you sleep less than 4 hours your body will need 22% more calories
- only 3% of the population has a gene that allows them do well with just 6 hours of sleep
Source: Medical Billing & Coding
Now we have the most comfortable mattresses and beds, not to mention lamps, aromatherapy diffusers, sleep trackers, white noise machines and many other random gadgets that improve the quality of our sleep. But sleep wasn’t always about plush mattresses and aromatherapy.
The infographic below presents the most important moments that contributed to the development of modern beds and mattresses.
- Cavemen slept directly on the ground, using animal skins to protect themselves from the ice cold ground.
- Romans used hay, wool or feather mattresses.
- In 1865 Samuel P. Kittle invented the first coil spring mattress.