Let’s face it: Not many of us wake up feeling refreshed every morning. For various reasons, we have nights where we can’t fall asleep, can’t stay asleep, or simply wake up feeling like we never slept at all. Because sleepless nights are so common, it makes sense to examine what might be going on to cause such sleep disturbances. There may be things you can do to make them happen less frequently.
What is a Sleep Disturbance?
Sleep disturbances include problems falling asleep and staying asleep, disorders of the sleep–wake schedule, and dysfunctions associated with sleep stages. These disturbances are not illnesses, but rather symptoms caused by physical or mental problems.
While sleep disturbances in children are sometimes more easily diagnosed, such as waking up with bad dreams, missing a daytime nap, growing pains, etc., figuring out the reasons for sleep disturbances in adults is often challenging.
What Are Some Reasons for Sleep Disturbances in Adults?
Here are some reasons why adults may have trouble falling or staying asleep:
- Daytime Influences: Disturbances with sleep often have to do with what happens during the day prior to bedtime. Foods and beverages consumed in the evening can keep you awake if they contain caffeine or cause indigestion. Being in pain from intense exercise or an injury can cause pain that makes it hard to get comfortable and fall asleep. A stressful day can also make it hard to clear the mind for a restful night.
- Medications: Any substance that contains amphetamines, such as an appetite suppressant, can disrupt the sleep cycle because it stimulates the brain. Cold medicines can also be stimulating, as well as asthma treatments. Blood pressure medications suppress the secretion of melatonin, causing trouble with sleep, and some other medications cause extreme sleepiness during the day which leads to nighttime wakefulness.
- Chronic Physical Ailments: Musculoskeletal problems such as osteoporosis as well as arthritis and other joint problems can cause too much pain to sleep. Other illnesses that have to do with organs can also cause extreme discomfort that makes sleeping impossible.
- Mental Health Disorders: Anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems can lead to insomnia.
- A Sleep Disorder: Snoring, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and other sleep disorders that disrupt the sleep cycle can cause sleep deprivation symptoms including extreme daytime sleepiness. This can lead to a vicious circle of sleeplessness since too many daytime naps can lead to more sleepless nights.
What is the Best Solution for Dealing with Sleep Disturbances?
If you suspect that your lack of sleep is due to a medical condition, see your doctor. A change in medication, a better treatment plan to relieve your pain, or a plan to reduce episodes of sleep apnea, could make sleeping easier.
Sometimes, you can eliminate sleep disturbances on your own. Try to eliminate caffeine usage past lunch time. Establish a bedtime routine that allows you to relax for a while and clear your head before hopping into bed. If snoring is keeping you awake, consider buying an adjustable base to raise the head of the bed. If one change doesn’t work, try another, until you find yourself waking up feeling more refreshed each day.
A More Comfortable Mattress or An Adjustable Base May Help You Sleep Better
If you find yourself tossing and turning just trying to find a comfortable sleeping position or is your flat mattress is causing you pain, consider a Beloit handmade, factory-direct mattress or adjustable base. Our priority is creating the most relaxing sleep surface that keeps our customers happy night after night. We would be happy to help you find the ideal bed for your needs, so visit us soon. Don’t forget to download your FREE Mattress Buying Guide, complete with the knowledge and experience from our very own mattress experts.