Month: June 2018

Ways To Combat Shift Work Sleep Problems

Ways To Combat Shift Work Sleep Problems

Working shifts plays havoc with your body clock particularly when you are new to it. Our human bodies are built to be in sync with our environments and when these environments are changed they can have all sorts of impacts including sleep difficulties if you are awake all night and in bed during the daytime.

Some people may struggle to sleep at all during the day when it’s sunny outside and there is inevitably more noise. There is even a term for those suffering insomnia who work shifts called ‘shift work sleep disorder’.

This sleep problem arises when your natural circadian rhythm is disrupted and there are difficulties flipping the switch to stay awake at night and sleep during daylight hours.

The way to combat sleep issues caused by shift working are largely the same as for other minor sleep problems and include maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and keeping a regular sleep routine. The latter may be difficult however if shifts are always changing as is the case with some shift working jobs.

It can also be beneficial to ensure the room is dark and definitely a good idea to avoid caffeine in the early hours if you will need to get some sleep during the day.

A more practical way to improve the quality of sleep is to invest in a good mattress and a suitable pillow which can make a world of difference to your sleep quality which is as important as the quantity.

Posted by m6beds in Combat Shift Work Sleep Problems, Health, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Shift Work

How Older People Can Get Improve Sleep Patterns

While most of us when we were young were unlikely to experience any problems with sleep other than those caused by too much of it or partying until the sun came up, older people are often not so lucky.

As we age we are likely to sleep less than we did in our youth and there are actually scientific studies that have demonstrated insomnia levels are at 50% of the population from the age of 60.

This often leads to the myth that older people don’t need as much sleep as younger people but this simply isn’t true. Everyone needs approximately 7 hours of sleep every 24 hours to keep themselves healthy and allow the body to get the rest it needs.

Too little sleep can be a leading cause of all sorts of health problems if it isn’t dealt with.

One of the problems faced by older people is the decline in slow wave sleep that comes with advancing age which means sleeping becomes lighter and waking in the night becomes more likely.

The way to deal with this is to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to ensure the mind and body are ready for sleep at the end of each day. It is also beneficial to take naps during the day to ensure you get enough shut eye but be sure not to over do it. Too much sleep can be as bad for you as too little.

Posted by m6beds in Improve Sleep Patterns, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Older People
Why Is Sleeping Hard In Hot Weather?

Why Is Sleeping Hard In Hot Weather?

After an unseasonably warm end to spring summer is upon us and there is a strong chance we could see temperatures soar even higher. Unfortunately, hot weather isn’t just confined to the daytime in the summer months, it can also continue through the night and into the early hours.

This can lead to problems sleeping when even taking the covers off offers little relief from oppressive heat. Hot sticky nights are notorious for affecting sleep and it is common to end up spending most of the night awake while tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable.

But have you ever asked what the science is behind this heat induced insomnia?

The answer is the complex relationship between our body temperature and sleep. Our body’s natural rhythms are tied to our external environments and this makes us sensitive to even small changes in temperature particularly at bed time.

Our body is attuned to temperatures cooling down through the afternoon and into the evening. This is why you will find it easier to sleep when the bedroom is cool and you can snuggle up in your sheets.

If the temperature is high at night than the effect is the opposite and the heat keeps the body in a wakeful state normally required for daytime hours.

So the key to getting a better night’s sleep in hot weather is to do everything you can to reduce the temperature in your bedroom by using fans or air conditioning and screening out sunlight.

Posted by m6beds in Hot Weather, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds
5 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep This Summer

5 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep This Summer

Most of us look forward to the summer with all those sunny days at the beach barbecues and so on to look forward to. But everything pleasurable has its downsides and one of them comes at night time in the summer months when you simply can’t cool off. So here are five tips on how to stay cool in the bed this summer.

Protect yourself from the sun
Wearing sun cream is essential if you want to avoid sunburn when you are out in strong sunshine for hours at a time. Sleeping with sunburn isn’t easy when your skin is burning hot, it simply adds to the discomfort on hot nights.

Keep yourself hydrated
Drinking cool glasses of water will not only help keep your body temperature down, it will also keep you hydrated and stop you waking up with headaches. It can also be beneficial to drink water along with alcohol to stop yourself getting dehydrated.

Don’t drink too much
Alcohol consumption often goes up at this time of year as we’re all out an about more. Alcohol isn’t great for sleep so it is worth cutting down if you want to reduce those nasty hangovers and interrupted sleep.

Avoid eating too much
Eating too much before bed time will increase the amount of work your body has to do so keeping meals light is important if you want to avoid overheating.

Keep out sunlight
Sunlight beaming into your room at 5am is often the culprit if you find yourself waking up earlier than usual. Simply investing in some thicker blackout curtains or blinds will help reduce the mount of light in the room and stop you waking up too early.

Posted by m6beds in Bedroom, Better Night’s Sleep, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Sleep, Sofa Beds