We all want to drift off into a sweet, restful sleep each night. After all, there’s nothing quite like waking up after a proper rest, feeling refreshed and ready to face the day. The trouble is, for many of us, nodding off successfully is much easier said than done. I’m actually attending a focus group this evening with a bed company to discuss sleeping troubles and the problems with sleeping patterns/interrupted sleep, and the effects it can have, which should be fairly interesting! There are also a range of health conditions that can prevent people from enjoying a proper night’s slumber, and here are three of the most common which have been rounded up:
Around 10 million of us in the UK have arthritis and this medical complaint can play havoc with our ability to drift off and sleep through the night. The condition causes pain and inflammation in and around the joints and it can restrict sufferers’ movements. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for it. However, there are things individuals can do to reduce their suffering and to improve their standard of sleep. Some people opt to use adjustable beds that make it easier to assume a comfortable position in bed and that take the effort out of lying down and getting back up again. Some of these beds also feature massage settings. For example, Adjustamatic electric beds come with Cyclo-Therapy systems that are designed to provide pain relief and promote relaxation.
2) Leg cramps
Leg cramps can also interfere with sleeping patterns. It’s hard to estimate how many of us experience these sharp muscular pains because most people don’t report them to their doctors, but adults over the age of 60 and pregnant women are particularly affected by them. Three out of four cases of leg cramp happen at night when people are asleep and many cramps occur for no apparent reason, meaning it can be hard for people to prevent them. However, to lower your risk, experts recommend stretching your leg muscles before bed. Lying on your back with your toes pointing upwards is also thought to help. To keep your legs in this position, you can place a pillow on its side at the foot of your bed and use it to prop your feet up. Meanwhile, if you prefer to lie on your front, try hanging your feet over the edge of your mattress. Whichever position you sleep in, make sure your blankets are loose to help keep your circulation flowing.
3) Varicose veins
Another medical complaint that can make sleeping difficult is varicose veins. These swollen blood vessels, which develop when the valves in the veins are weakened or damaged, usually occur on the legs and they can cause aches and pains, swollen ankles and feet, and muscle cramps. They are thought to affect around three in 10 adults. Older people, pregnant women and overweight individuals are most at risk. Taking regular exercise and wearing compression stockings can alleviate any discomfort and, in the most serious cases, surgical procedures might be recommended to treat the condition.
Having health problems like these can disturb your sleep, but by making sure you know how to deal with them effectively, you stand a better chance of enjoying restful slumber at the end of each day. I personally go to bed too late in the evenings, meaning I don’t nearly clock up enough hours sleep. but luckily I invested in a good proper bed and up to now have avoided any health problems.
How do you guys sleep?