Have you found that you’re not sleeping as soundly as you used to? There are several possible reasons why you might not be getting the sleep you need. Getting a solid seven to nine hours of sleep every night is essential for both mental and physical well-being, so it’s important that you narrow down exactly what’s keeping you up at night.
If your sleeplessness becomes a serious problem, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor. In the meantime, here are just a few questions that might help you narrow down possible problems with your bedtime routine:
Are you using an electronic device before bed?
Many people check their cellphones, play games on the computer, or read a book on their tablet before going to bed. This can actually be a big problem; the blue light emitted from the screens inhibits the production of melatonin in the human body. Melatonin is a chemical that the body naturally produces when natural sunlight disappears. Because blue light mimics the effects of sunlight, your body isn’t able to “get ready” for sleep.
Are you consuming too much caffeine during the day?
It’s completely normal and okay to drink a few cups of coffee or tea during the day, but if you find that you’re drinking coffee late at night, the caffeine in the coffee could be a problem. Even if your body is able to fall asleep, the caffeine could be affecting your overall sleep quality.
Are you sleeping on the right mattress?
Mattresses only last about 10 years at the most, so if you’re sleeping on a mattress that’s older than 10 years you might be having trouble finding a comfortable sleep position. Many people find that adjustable beds are a big help for getting comfortable at night and for sleeping through the night.
It’s estimated that anywhere from 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep and/or wake disorders, so you can find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone.
Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.