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While we sleep our brains are active—busy firing neurons, processing information and consolidating memories. They’re also entertaining, enlightening and maybe even frightening us for about two hours each night—with dreams. Most dreams happen during the rapid eye movement, or REM, phase of sleep, when breathing becomes quick, irregular and shallow.
When you slip beneath the sheets, what you’re wearing counts.
The feel and fit of your sleepwear can make all the difference in how you sleep.
“Besides the comfort and fit factor, just the psychological act of changing out of your work clothes helps ready your body for sleep,” says registered nurse Terry Cralle, a certified clinical sleep educator in Washington, D.C.
While you may get along swimmingly with your partner outside the bedroom, you may drown in misery if you have different sleep styles and preferences.
One study shows that if your sleep suffers, your marriage can suffer too. Has your bedroom turned into a dwelling of disturbance rather than a soothing sanctuary for sleep? If so, it’s time to take action.
Leonardo da Vinci may have said, “A well-spent day brings happy sleep,” but your sleep can’t always be guaranteed to be happy if you’re in pain.
Back pain can make it tough to get a good night’s rest — just ask the more than 80 percent of Americans who suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
At night, back pain can make it hard to find a comfortable sleeping position.