According to Dr. Jose Colon, about 4-6 nocturnal awakenings are considered normal for the average person. This goes back to our caveman days when we needed to wake up to ensure our safety. However, after these short periods of staying awake, we should be able to go back to sleep easily. If you can’t fall asleep immediately, there are probably some things that prevent you from getting a good night’s rest.
We made a list of the most common reasons why you may wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back asleep.
7. Wrong sleeping position
Symptoms such as chronic fatigue, headaches, heartburn, and neck or back pain may be caused by improper posture while you sleep. You should also pay attention to your bed — your mattress shouldn’t be too hard, but it shouldn’t be too soft, either. Check to make sure that your pillow supports your neck and your head, as well.
What to do: According to Dr. John Douillard, sleeping on your left side can improve your digestion and blood circulation, promote emotional health, help your lymphatic system work properly, and prevent heart diseases.
If you can’t change your sleeping habits completely, try to follow some simple tips:
- If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees to take pressure off your lower back.
- If you sleep on your side, put one pillow underneath your armpit to support your arm and another one between your legs to keep your spine aligned.
- If you sleep on your stomach, use a thin pillow or no pillow at all.
You can find a complete guide on how to choose the perfect pillow and mattress to improve your sleep quality.