TEMPUR® Sleep Troubleshooter: Sleeping Problems Solved!

If you find yourself lying awake at night on a regular basis, you may have a sleep disorder. The good news is, most sleep disorders can be treated successfully – so you don’t have to lose any more rest. However, knowing what’s keeping you up is crucial to once again getting a good night’s sleep, which is why TEMPUR® have put together this special Sleep Troubleshooter to help determine the root of your specific problem.

WHAT IS A SLEEP DISORDER?

A sleep disorder is classified as any condition that disrupts your ability to obtain healthy sleep at night. Not sleeping enough because of a sleep disorder can seriously affect overall health, increasing the risk of complications relating to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, as well as mental health problems. Different sleep disorders have different diagnostic criteria, but factors such as stress and pre-existing illnesses like asthma or chronic pain do seem to be common triggers for disturbance in sleep.

SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE A SLEEP DISORDER

Occasional sleeping problems aren’t usually anything to worry about; most people experience these from time to time. However, if interrupted sleep is a regular occurrence for you, it could be that you’re suffering from some kind of sleep disorder.

To determine whether you have a sleep disorder, start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Am I irritable or sleepy during the day?
  • Do I find it difficult staying awake when sitting still, watching TV or reading?
  • Do I fall asleep or get tired easily while driving?
  • Is concentrating hard for me?
  • Do others often tell me I look tired?
  • Do I react slowly to things?
  • Do I have trouble controlling my emotions?
  • Must I take a nap almost every day?
  • Do I need caffeine to keep my energy levels up?

If you answer yes to many of these, it’s more than likely you’re battling with a sleep disorder and should seek appropriate help.

COMMON SLEEPING PROBLEMS

Insomnia

One of the most prevalent sleeping problems among adults, insomnia is when a person has trouble falling or staying asleep. This may be brought on by anything from stress to jet lag; the medications you take to the amount of coffee you drink. Insomnia can also indicate mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Sleep apnoea

A sleep disorder in which your breathing temporarily stops during sleep, causing you to wake frequently. Sleep apnoea may make you feel exhausted during the day, as well as irritable and depressed; moreover, you’ll likely see a decrease in your productivity. Sleep apnoea is a serious and potentially life-threatening sleep disorder, but the good news is, it can be treated with medical intervention.

Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking causes you to get up and walk while asleep. Sometimes called somnambulism, it typically happens during the transition from a deep sleep to waking up. Sleepwalkers need safety measures, so they don’t accidentally hurt themselves or others; lock doors and windows, move sharp objects, and install gates at the top of stairs if you suffer from this condition.

Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes an almost irresistible urge to move your legs (or arms) at night. This occurs when you’re resting or lying down. Sufferers of RLS usually report feeling uncomfortable, tingly, aching, or creeping sensations – it’s these that prompt the twitching as an attempt to find relief.

Circadian rhythm sleep disorders

The circadian rhythm is our built-in body clock, and there are certain sleep disorders that can cause this to become out of sync. Jet lag is perhaps the most well-known. Those who experience circadian rhythm sleep disorders generally describe having symptoms such as insomnia, feeling sleepy during the day, impaired focus, irritability and problems with decision-making.

SOLUTIONS FOR SLEEPING PROBLEMS

There are several things you can do to help combat sleeping problems…

  • Keep a sleep diary detailing your night-time habits, including when you go to bed and how often you get up – this information will be invaluable if you ever need to see a doctor
  • Stick to a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule
  • Don’t nap in the afternoon or evening
  • Avoid meals within two hours of your bedtime
  • Try winding down with a pre-bed activity such as reading, soaking in a warm bath, or listening to soft music
  • Ensure your room is dark, quiet and at a comfortable temperature
  • Get a new mattress – especially if your current one is older than 8 years

Of course, if you’ve tried these self-care measures but had no success, be sure to contact your doctor, providing as much information as possible – especially from your sleep diary.

Do you find it difficult getting to sleep? What are your top tips for dealing with this problem? Let us know in the comments below…

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