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How to Get a Great Night’s Sleep

Consumer Reports spoke to experts including Naimish Baxi, MD, physiatrist at HSS about tips for getting a great night's sleep.

Dr. Baxi notes that a good mattress is the foundation for good sleep. An uncomfortable or unsupportive mattress might distract you from falling asleep, or it might wake you up as you’re sleeping. 

"It is important to switch out a mattress that’s giving you pain, especially if you feel less achy and better rested every time you sleep in a bed at a hotel or someone else’s home. “This is especially true if your body has changed since you bought your mattress.  For instance, if you’ve gained some weight over the years, you may need a mattress with more support,” said Dr. Baxi.

He also advised to match your pillow to your sleep position. “The right one stabilizes your neck in a neutral position and aligns it with the rest of your body. For instance, if you’re a side sleeper, the pillow should be thick enough to cover the distance between your ear and shoulder on the side you’re lying on." If you’re a back sleeper, choose a pillow lofty enough to cradle your head but not so high that it strains your neck, he added. 

Read the full article at consumerreports.org.