Many people experience insomnia at some point in their lives. Indeed, it is thought that around one in three people in the UK suffer episodes of the condition. Often, these bouts of sleeplessness are short-lived. However, if you or a loved one has experienced prolonged insomnia, you’ll know how distressing it can be.
Insomnia is the word used to describe difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning, despite having had enough opportunity to rest. It tends to be more common among women and it is more likely to occur with age.
The symptoms associated with a lack of sleep are varied and they can include irritability, tiredness and an inability to concentrate and function properly during the day. In serious cases, sufferers can struggle to cope with their professional and personal lives.
Causes of insomnia
A whole range of things can trigger insomnia. For example, it can be caused by stress and alcohol or drug abuse. It can also be brought on by underlying psychiatric problems such as depression, bipolar disorder and generalised anxiety.
In addition, health conditions including heart disease, respiratory problems, neurological disease, hormonal imbalances, joint or muscle issues and long-term pain can prevent people from getting enough sleep.
When to see your GP
While a few nights of disturbed sleep may not be enough to prompt you to see your doctor, it’s important to monitor insomnia. If the condition starts to affect your daily life, it could be time to visit a medical practitioner. For example, take action if your sleeplessness is affecting your mood and creating relationship problems with your colleagues, friends or family.
Your GP will check your medical history for any illness or medication that may be contributing to your insomnia and he or she will also ask you a number of questions about your lifestyle, sleeping routines and diet.
The expert may also suggest that you keep a special diary to provide an insight into your sleeping patterns. This information can help doctors to determine which method of treatment to use. The diaries are kept for a minimum of two weeks and they record information such as the time you go to bed, how long it takes you to fall asleep, the number of times you wake up during the night and when you wake up. They also include details concerning any daytime tiredness and naps, what you eat and drink and how much exercise you take.
There are lots of different treatments for insomnia. For example, to reduce the risk of sleeplessness, it’s wise to avoid drinking caffeine later in the day and you shouldn’t eat heavy meals late at night. Also, set regular times to wake up so that your sleeping pattern does not get disturbed. Using thick curtains or blinds in your bedroom can help too, and eye masks and earplugs are worth trying.
Relaxation is another form of insomnia treatment. Try taking a warm bath around an hour before you go to bed and listening to soothing music may help.
Of course, if your sleeplessness is caused by an underlying medical problem, it’s imperative that you identify and treat this.
If you’ve tried the above insomnia remedies to no avail, you may want to consider cognitive behavioural therapy for sleeplessness. This is a form of talking therapy that can help you to avoid any thoughts and behaviours that are negatively affecting your sleep. Meanwhile, as a last resort, sleeping tablets can be taken. This medication should only be used in the short term with the smallest possible dose. After all, the pills can cause side effects and, while they may offer insomnia relief, they do not tackle the cause of the condition.
A comfy and supportive mattress
Never underestimate the importance of a comfy and supportive mattress. These items can help to promote sleep and they reduce the risk that you will suffer interrupted slumber.
Our Airflow® memory foam mattresses offer complete relaxation and their state-of-the-art pocket sprung technology helps to relieve aches and pains. The memory foam top layer moulds to the shape of your body, providing maximum comfort. Meanwhile, the core accepts body weight without applying pressure. These features can help you enjoy deeper and more satisfying sleep.
Our range of adjustable beds may help you too. Constantly having to shift your body position in a bid to get comfortable is not exactly a recipe for a peaceful night’s rest. Our products could help solve this problem. They can be fully adjusted to suit your precise requirements. Even subtle changes to your sleeping position could help you to get some much-needed shuteye.
There are few things more relaxing than a massage, and our beds feature the latest NHC Cyclo-Therapy technology. This equipment offers medically proven vibration therapy and a full body massage right in the comfort of your own bedroom.
To ensure you get the perfect massage for insomnia, these systems offer a range of different settings. Massages like these are the perfect way to soothe your muscles and to generally relax. You should find it easier to drift off to sleep afterwards.
Here to help
If you’re not sure which beds to go for, just take a look around our website. There’s plenty of information to peruse and you can check out the pictures of our products too. This could help you to visualise the beds in your home.
Also, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand if you need extra information and advice. Just give us a call. You can also request a free brochure via our website or by phone.