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3 Reasons You Aren’t Sleeping Properly

3 Reasons You Aren’t Sleeping Properly

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Sleep may be a bit of a conundrum for scientists, but what we do know is that it is incredibly important. If your sleep is suffering, you should consider your bedroom and how you can create a calm space. Declutter and choose soft colours and gentle lighting for the best place to get a good night’s sleep. But it isn’t just about getting the optimum number of hours or staying in bed for long enough, the quality of your sleep is also of huge concern.

If you are feeling tired all the time, or you just aren’t sleeping as you should, then there are a few things that might be holding you back. Amongst the most common of these things are the wrong mattress, snoring and sleep apnea and insomnia. Each of these problems can cause you some serious issues over time, but all three are curable.

The Wrong Mattress

In order to get to sleep, you have to be comfortable and well supported. The wrong mattress isn’t just going to make getting to sleep a problem, you could also end up with muscular pain as you are forced to sleep in strange positions. And if you are in more pain, getting to sleep will be even harder.

Back, neck and shoulder pain are all common complaints made of the wrong mattress, but you should also give your pillow a thought too. When you sleep, your mattress should, in an ideal world, allow your spine to be perfectly aligned. This might mean that you need a firm, medium-firm or even a memory foam mattress depending on your back and what you find most comfortable. Try out lots of different mattresses before you make a decision and don’t assume that the most expensive will be the best.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea are both breathing problems that can really affect the quality of your sleep – and your partner’s! You could try using nose strips to help open your airways up as you sleep to prevent snoring, but sleep apnea – where you stop breathing for a moment and then restart with a sudden snort – might be more difficult to treat.

One option for treating sleep apnea is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. This treatment uses a face mask to provide you with mildly pressured air that keeps your airways open to allow for natural breathing as you sleep.

Insomnia

Most people will experience a bout of insomnia at some point in their lives, and many people suffer with it regularly. Insomnia can be brought on by a whole range of things such as stress, irregular work patterns, illness or drugs like nicotine and caffeine. Practicing sleep hygiene is a great way to persuade your body to return to a normal sleep pattern.

Insomnia can be an indicator of other underlying conditions such as depression and anxiety. If you find that you aren’t sleeping because your mind is racing, you would be best advised to see a doctor to talk about your symptoms.

Naomi Isted

Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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