Sleep is vital to good health; in these times of busy working lives and the pressures of family, it is important to relax and get a sensible amount of sleep every night. If you’re like me, however, you will sometimes find it hard. My sleep patterns are – or rather were, but more of that later – somewhat erratic; I would fall asleep easily and quickly, but soon find myself awake again, not so many hours later, and then struggle to get back to sleep. When I did manage, I would go through the routine again, and wake up in the morning still tired – rather than refreshed and ready for the day!
Some people sleep very deeply, and are impossible to disturb once they are out. Others are light sleepers – like myself – and are disturbed and woken by even the slightest noise or movement. I tend to find that if I go to sleep late, I wake more times during the night, and I have no idea why that should be! I asked advice of doctors and tried many herbal remedies and such, but nothing seemed to help with my very erratic sleep patterns.
Fatigue Affects Work
The problem was that, as I was getting around four to five hours of sleep a night, I was suffering in the day, and this was not good for my work. I hate being tired – it messes with my concentration and makes me irritable – and my professional standards began to suffer. Now, talking to some friends who suffered similar sleep problems, certain factors began to become clear.
First, I realised that I was getting far less sleep than I needed; many people reckon an average of about 8-hours a night is about right and I would go along with that. Also, someone gave me the great idea of adding extra sound insulation to my windows; I live on quite a busy road and, while I don’t consciously notice the sound of the traffic, it is always there.
Another friend advised me to play with the temperature in the bedroom, and this has certainly helped. There are other things that can also help with sleep – regular exercise, for example, and a healthy diet – so I tried everything I could. Then, I hit upon something that changed the way I slept in a manner I could not have imagined.
Comfort is the Key
What happened was I spent a few nights at a friend’s house, and I slept amazingly well! The trick was right underneath me – a comfortable mattress! I had been sleeping on the same mattress for many years, and yet this one made all the difference. It turns out this wasn’t a standard mattress, but an Airflow mattress, from Adjustamatic.
The research and development that has gone into these things is amazing – check out adjustable beds.co.uk/airflow-mattresses and you’ll see what I mean – and they are very popular with people who have back problems, as well as people who have difficulty sleeping like me!
Now that I think about it, I haven’t slept comfortable for some years, but simply put it to the back of my mind and got on with it. I wonder how many other people do the same thing, to the ultimate detriment of their health and their sleeping patterns? I really do advise that you have a look at these Airflow mattresses as, if like many of us you have trouble sleeping, then this could be part of the answer you are looking for.
Meanwhile, take exercise, cut out the caffeine, and eat healthily, and you will find that you can improve your sleep to some degree, but make sure you have the most comfortable mattress available, and it makes all the difference.