Losing sleep isn’t just a matter of feeling tired. It can have a significant impact on your health, putting you at risk for heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.
People who are sleep deprived are also less alert, can’t perform as well and may experience memory and cognitive impairment, more stress and a lower quality of life. There is also a higher risk of injury at work or while driving.
Sleep loss can also prematurely age your skin, contribute to depression and anxiety and lead to weight gain.
So Get to Sleep
If you are experiencing chronic sleep loss, it’s past time to figure out why you can’t sleep. Could you have a sleep disorder? Is a health issue or medication affecting your sleep? Are you struggling with insomnia?
You may need a doctor’s guidance to discover the problem and come up with a remedy.
If the issue is less problematic, however, you may be able to find the way to a better night’s sleep on your own. Start with assessing your sleeping environment. Is your bedroom too hot? Too bright? Do you have extra blankets and a glass of water nearby? Are your bedding and mattress meeting your needs?
If you find that you just can’t get comfortable in bed, it may be time to purchase a new mattress. A worn mattress can’t provide the support and comfort you need to get a good night’s sleep.
There is a wide range of mattresses available today to fit every type of sleeper, budget and concern. A new mattress may also do even more for your health if you are waking up with aches and pains that won’t go away.
Make the Plunge
A mattress is a big purchase but it’s a long-term investment that will pay you back with a good night’s sleep for many years.