Surfing and Beach Lifestyle
If you were in a sleep lab, they would measure your REM, your breathing, any physical changes, and the quality of rest you get in terms of hours. They would also immediately notice your category: a back, stomach, or side sleeper. Apparently people are consistent as to which mode they prefer, and which brings the deepest sleep. It is likely in most cases that people do not readily change positions or else it takes a long time to adjust. I would definitely throw in the nature of the mattress, because that can be a deterrent to good sleep.
I often travel for surf competitions and stay in budget hotels. The bedding is not always the best. If I were in the sleep lab, I would have low-rated sleep. I have experienced anything from a nice, firm, new mattress to an inflatable one that sags in the middle. I have felt the springs inching gradually into my flesh and the ridges created gouge my hide. As for pillows away from home, they can be the worst! They are either old indented foam (no memory stuff here), or flat-as-a-pancake down that has seen better days.
What is a guy to do? You take your own pillow from town to town to avoid succumbing to the inevitable. You can’t perform well on the waves if you are exhausted after a sleepless night. You toss and turn on a hard mattress while attempting to fluff up a dead cushion. If these hotels buy pillows more than once every ten years, I would be surprised.
My own pillow is made for stomach sleepers. By that I mean that it is at the right height for people who sleep on their stomachs, so that you don’t wake up with a headache. Because it’s small, you can then toss it into a backpack or any size luggage. It is a great idea for anyone who can’t adapt. You get the familiarity of your own pillow with a choice of down or memory foam.
These pillows are a godsend. You can take them in a car, on a train, a bus, or a plane. They aren’t that expensive so you may want more than one. I like sleeping with a dual set. I get better head elevation to avoid congestion. If breathing at night is any kind of issue, finding the right pillow for your sleeping style is a must.
The materials in these babies is hypoallergenic and machine washable. The outer fabric is soft enough to sleep on but sturdy enough to last for quite a long time. I find they make a great gift for family and friends, and those assorted people who have everything. I bet you don’t have one!
Getting good rest depends therefore on bedding to a great extent. You can’t do much about the quality of the mattress, but you can cradle your head in softness every night. No matter if you sleep on your stomach, back, or sides, you can use the same one. There is a bit of an odd one you can buy, however, that is a kind of donut shape with an indention in the middle. This is not my first choice and seems very specialized. I go with the typical model which serves me quite well.