• Blog, March 2018

If you want a better sleep, ask yourself these questions

Sleep… it’s something we do every day, for hours-on-end – so you’d think that we’d be experts at it! Sometimes it’s not that easy.

There are many factors that affect how well we are able to rest our body and mind in bed, and there are some things that you can ask yourself to help get the best sleep possible.

1. Am I Tossing and Turning?

Did you know that 1 in 3 people suffer from insomnia? One of the most common sleep disorders, insomnia can affect us all, especially as we get older. It has often been linked to high levels of stress, anxiety and chronic health conditions, however anyone can suffer from various levels of insomnia at different periods of life. Here’s some tips on dealing with insomnia.

2. Did I get a full night’s sleep?

Getting a full night’s sleep is key to feeling energised and refreshed. By sleeping on an ergonomic bed, you won’t have any trouble sleeping at all!

Getting a full night’s sleep is key to feeling energised and refreshed. By sleeping on an ergonomic bed, you won’t have any trouble sleeping at all!

The average adult needs 7.5-8.5 hours sleep each night. Recent studies show that people who sleep less than this may suffer from sleep deficit, where they may become more prone to cognitive and motor skill impairment, emotional irritability and weakened immunity. Getting the recommended amount of sleep can be hard if you live an active and busy lifestyle, but there are ways to help monitor and manage this including sleep tracking apps, ergonomic beds, eating a balanced diet and following a calming bed-time routine.

3. Do I have trouble breathing?

Also known as sleep apnoea, the symptoms of this disorder include loud snoring, regular pauses in breathing and intermittent gasping. During sleep apnoea events, oxygen levels in the blood drop, while the heart rate increases, leading to a disruption in sleep that may cause the person to wake up. This can affect a person’s energy levels, daily functions and overall health and wellbeing.

4. How long does it take me to get to sleep?

Life can be busy and exhausting and the time it takes us to fall asleep can become irregular or inconsistent. On average, it should take between 15-20 minutes, and even up to 30-minutes as we get older. Stress levels, anxiety or other health issues can greatly impact this, so it’s important to take notice and see your doctor if you’ experience any of these symptoms.

5. Is my bed right for me?

Have you heard of an ergonomic bed? Many people are sleeping in beds that just aren’t right for their needs, and we spend a lot of time – (a third of our life!) in bed. Most beds don’t provide the ergonomic support our body’s specific needs. This is because they are flat and uniform (sometimes with only a few layers of padding), and based on 30-year-old spring technology system. With our busy lifestyles, it’s increasingly important that we get a good night’s sleep in a bed that is both comfortable and supportive. Take a look at some of these erogomic beds, or try our Bed Selector, where you can find the right bed for you.

6. Do I have trouble waking up?

Falling asleep or feeling tired in the middle of the day is a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep – and it all starts with your bed!

Falling asleep or feeling tired in the middle of the day is a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep – and it all starts with your bed!

We’re all guilty of not wanting to get out of bed, right? Those few extra minutes between the sheets are great, however, if you’re having a serious problem waking up in the morning, this may be a sign you suffer from sleep paralysis. Experienced by 20-60% of people, sleep paralysis refers to the inability to move or speak in the transition from sleep to wakefulness. No treatment is necessary, however managing your stress and anxiety levels, and alcohol consumption will help.

7. Am I tired at mid-day?

Many people get tired during the day because they haven’t had enough sleep. This can be countered by reaping the full benefits of napping. By taking a 10-20-minute nap during the day – going from stage one sleep (drifting off) to stage two (slowing of brain activity) – you may wake up feeling more energised and refreshed. Although, be sure not to fall into a deep sleep, as this is when you become groggy and tired.

Getting the perfect amount of sleep isn’t always easy but if you ask yourself these questions, it may help you understand why and how you can get the best night’s sleep.

At Beds for Backs, we are so obsessed with your sleep that we have designed a one-of-a-kind, world exclusive, customisable, ergonomic bed that ensures you get your best rest. View our range or visit your nearest store for more details on this revolution in the sleep industry, or try out our Bed Selector to help you find the very best bed for your needs and lifestyle.

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