If getting a good night’s sleep were easy, the world would probably be a better place. The truth is, there are lots of things that get in the way of restful, restorative, healthy sleep. We’re doing our part by offering up a range of natural luxurious mattresses tailored to meet the needs of diverse physiologies and sleep styles. But, being frank, getting the right mattress is only the start.
Disrupted sleep takes lots of forms, but some bumps in the night can be addressed with small changes in how you tackle your day. We dig into the two most prevalent sleep disorders below and offer up some easy ways you can manage the issue to get a good night’s sleep.
You’re in a meeting at work, Rick is on his fridge etiquette soapbox again, and suddenly your chest seizes; you can’t find air. You’re in line for brunch with your friends, pining for bottomless mimosas and avo toast, and out of nowhere you’re punched breathless. If in our waking lives we found ourselves momentarily unable to breathe, we’d probably freak the eff out, but that’s exactly what happens with sleep apnea, a disorder that keeps more than 22 million Americans from having healthy, uninterrupted sleep.
Sometimes lasting 10 seconds at a pop, sleep apnea disrupts continuous sleep as your airway temporarily closes bringing waves of disturbed breathing. Your body wakes up each time the disruption occurs — often without you knowing — keeping you from entering the deeper sleep states that promote regeneration and proper rest. Not only do you wake up under-rested and groggy, those that suffer from sleep apnea stand at greater risk for other health concerns like hypertension and heart disease.
If you find yourself overly tired during the day after a full night’s sleep, start looking at your sleep patterns for signs of sleep apnea. You may not be aware that you’re waking up frequently, but look for heavy snoring or occasional gasping, both indicators that sleep apnea might be an issue. But don’t worry, you don’t have to watch yourself sleep. Your favorite app store has lots of useful sleep tools for monitoring your activity at night. Paired with a wearable like a smartwatch or fitness tracker, you’ll get a clear picture of what’s going on while you sleep.