What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

There a ton of reasons why many of us don’t get as much sleep as we’d like. But at the end of the day, whatever you’re dealing with, you’re simply not getting enough sleep. In this article, we’re going to look at the many factors that keep us up at night and how you can best deal with them.

 

                Who’s Sleeping Best & Worst

Young females are generally getting the worst sleep, while retired males are getting the most sleep. When analyzed both of these findings make a lot of sense. First, young females often have children to deal with, meaning they’re up until all hours of the night dealing with their little ones. Conversely, retired males (and females to a large extent) have little cares in the world that keeps them up at night.

 

The Four Elements that Keep Us Up

These four elements aren’t the only things keeping us up at night, but they are the most common.

 

Stress

Stress is well-known as the main cause of stress, and while it’s great to know what’s keeping you up, it’s tough to deal with the root cause of stress, which is why it continues to be such a big factor for so many people. People who rated their sleep as poor were nearly four times more likely to have been stressed in the two weeks prior to the survey. Interestingly enough, and perhaps counter to what we’d think, women seem to be more affected by stress than men.

 

Pain

Physical pain is experienced by every one of us every day, but those of us who experience it at night often don’t sleep well. Dealing with this issue is often easier than dealing with stress because it’s a cut & dry problem.

 

Personal Finances

Just like stress, personal finances keep many of us at night because it makes us feel inferior and ultimately stressed out because we’re not sure we’ll be able to cover our expenses. Combating personal finance stress is easier than you might think though! All you need to do is take a breath and shift your perspective from one that is wanting to one that is appreciative of what you have.

Another way to combat this type of sleep issue is to start saving for retirement or unforeseen medical expenses. People who do this are two times more likely to rate their sleep as excellent.

 

Isolation/Loneliness

This last major cause of sleep deprivation is less thought about than the others. Many of us worry about being alone and being isolated from our friends and family. This can be, again, combated by shifting one’s perspective.

 

What Helps Us Sleep

Enough of the negatives, here are the things that help us sleep!

The most common causes of great sleep are good financial management, meaningful relationships, and a positive mindset. These causes, of course, do not include the pharmaceutical or natural equivalents.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Should we let our pets sleep in our bed?

Sleeping with your pets happens, that’s just the truth. So often owners have the best intentions of not allowing their pets on the bed, but for one reason or another, the bed is usually where they end up sleeping.

So how do you decide if bed privileges are the right choice for your canine pal? There are a number of things to take into consideration.

 

The Bed is your Domain

Everything else aside, if you, OR YOUR PARTNER, doesn’t want the pet to be on the bed, they should be sleeping on the floor. This is an important decision that shouldn’t be made in a rushed manner, keep in mind that pets don’t NEED to sleep on the bed. They may be attached to you, but they still don’t need to sleep on a bed. You may need to work on both the dog and your partner if there’s a disagreement, so be ready for that conversation/work.

 

Why do you let them in the Bedroom to Start?

For many owners, having the pet in the bedroom is out of the question altogether, and this is fine too! If you’re worried about dander or allergies, keeping a pet outside the bedroom is a great idea. If your worry is more about noise and getting a full night’s sleep, but you feel bad about having your pet outside the bedroom, try a white noise machine or an air cleanser to reduce both noise and dander. There are always alternatives!

 

Prevent them from Acting Up

Pets can be annoying, especially in the bedroom. If you’re running into behaviors like chewing or constant movement throughout the night, try crating your dog. This will help them learn house manners.

If you run into aggressive behaviors in or around your bedroom, it’s important to knock your pet down a few pegs. When pets get aggressive it’s often a dominance issue, which means you need to do some behavior control work. The first step in this process is reducing how often your pet is allowed both on the bed, as well as anywhere that’s high enough for them to look down upon you.

It’s important to remember that removing a dog from your bedroom is the end-all-be-all in behavior modification. This step really only stops the dog from practicing dominant or aggressive behavior. Some owners are fine with management alone, while others are committed to modifying the behavior in the hopes of reinstating the dog’s bed privileges.

 

Revoking Bed Privileges & Changing their Behaviors

Had enough? If it reaches this point, and be ready for it to reach this point, sometimes you’ll have to move your pet from your bed to his crate can present its own challenges. Crating an animal, no matter size, breed, or gender is tough, even tougher if you haven’t done so before.

It’s smart to use toys or treats to get your pet into the crating routine at night, but for the day, try leaving them in there for as long as possible to teach them.

During this whole process, keep in-mind whose house it is and don’t let your animal dominate the roost. It’s not healthy for you, and it’s certainly not healthy for them!

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

 

What to know about Sleep Apnea, and why you (or your partner) probably doesn’t have it?

Sleep apnea is a hot topic these days. As soon as someone snores just a little, everyone around them gives them anxiety that they might be suffering from the potentially very harmful disorder.

Although the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has noted that the rising prevalence of sleep apnea was posing a public health threat to the United States, fewer people have it than you might think. As awareness continues to grow, it’s important for people to really understand and be able to identify the signs and symptoms.

For serious sufferers, a CPAP machine can be a literal lifesaver, but for those who have anxiety and might think they have it, it will have little to no effect because they are actually struggling with sleep because of a number of many reasons. Understanding the complexities of sleep apnea is important to dispel the false notions of what sleep apnea is.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three primary types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it most often happens when the throat muscles relax during the night, narrowing or closing your airway as you breathe in. Because of this, your breath can be choked away entirely.

This is where sleep apnea really plays with your body because as soon as your brain recognizes that you aren’t breathing well, it then wakes you up briefly so that you can reopen your airway. Because this awakening is so short, you will usually have no memory of it in the morning, but throughout the night you’ll be choking and waking, choking and waking, and so on.

The other two types of sleep apnea are Central Sleep apnea and Complex Sleep apnea, both are less common but still dangerous. With Central Sleep apnea, the brain isn’t sending the proper signals to your breathing muscles during the night resulting in similar symptoms to the Obstructive Sleep apnea. With Complex Sleep apnea you suffer from elements of both obstructive and central sleep apnea and is the least prevalent type of the disorder.

 

Causes

The causes of these sleep apnea symptoms are numerous and varied, read below to find out which ones maybe, or maybe not, affecting you.

  • Excess weight
  • Thicker neck circumference
  • A narrowed airway
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or sedatives
  • Consistent nasal congestion

 

On top of this, heart disorders, stroke, and the use of narcotic pain medications can all increase your risk.

 

Is my Problem Sleep Apnea?

Although tough to diagnose, your partner or friends may be the best people to help you understand why you’re constantly waking up tired. The closest people to you will be able to tell you if you’re waking up gasping, or if you’re just getting crappy nights of sleep for another reason.

There are some other symptoms that may be easier to pinpoint on your own, including waking up with a dry mouth or a morning headache, difficulty staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness and difficulty paying attention while awake.

It’s important to remember: even if you know you’re a big-time scorer, there’s no need to immediately jump to the conclusion that you have sleep apnea. While it’s true that almost everyone with the disorder does snore, that doesn’t mean that everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

 

How to Treat this Problem?

A lot of people think that the only solution to sleep apnea is an ugly mask. This isn’t correct, even though most sufferers wear a CPAP mask at night. For some suffering with obstructive sleep apnea, lifestyle changes help the most. For some that could mean losing weight or avoiding alcohol and sedatives before bed, while for others, the solution is to sleep on an adjustable bed base. Another idea is to try a set of allergen-free sheets or perhaps a new body pillow as that will train yourself to sleep on your side rather than your back, which improves your breathing.

While the reality of having sleep apnea may seem extremely frustrating, finding the correct solution to it could be the key to finally getting the sleep you need to live your best life.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.