Uncomfortable Mattresses Cause Sleep Troubles
If you have trouble falling asleep, toss and turn in the middle of the night, awaken too early, or find yourself not feeling refreshed in the morning, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. These disorders and the resulting sleep deprivation can interfere with work, driving, and social activities, as well lead to significant health problems.
Tips to Sleep Better
The following is designed to provide information that may be useful in helping you to sleep better, and is designed to support, not substitute for, the relationship that exists between you and your personal physician.
- Change Your Bed – Replace an uncomfortable mattress or enhance it with a Cuddle Ewe™ UnderQuilt 100% pure wool mattress topper. Many FMS patients who have one claim that “they can relax quicker”, “get deep restorative sleep” and have even “reduced the use of sleep medication” by sleeping on a Cuddle Ewe™ underquilt. Read letters from some of our satisfied customers by clicking on our Sound Sleeper Testimonials.
- Get Ready – Prepare your mind and body for sleep by reducing stimuli before going to bed. Develop a routine for unwinding and letting go of problems.
- Designate Time – Develop regular sleeping and waking times. Go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. A change in sleeping and waking times by even 30 minutes disturbs the body’s sleep/wake clock. Changes should be made gradually to prevent disturbing this balance.
- Napping can interfere with sleep – Some people can take a short afternoon nap and still sleep well at night. However, if you are having trouble sleeping at night, try to eliminate napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon, and sleep no longer than about thirty minutes.
- Hot Bath – Take a hot bath or shower before retiring to promote sleep by raising your body temperature.
- Avoid stimulants – Avoid or limit your use of caffeine (this includes caffeinated coffee, tea, and sodas; chocolate, etc.), decongestants, and tobacco.
- Avoid alcohol – Although alcohol may initially help you fall asleep, it can also causes disturbances in sleep resulting in less restful sleep. Drinking alcohol before bedtime may make it more likely that you’ll wake up during the night.
- Don’t use the computer or watch TV just before sleeping – A study published in the journal Sleep and Biological Rhythms shows that people who consume electronic media such as the Internet or watching television just before bedtime report lower-quality sleep even though they sleep almost as long as people who spend fewer pre-bedtime hours in front of a computer or television screen.