Fall in Love with Sleep

Most any adult you ask will say that they love sleep, or at least appreciate a good night’s sleep. The same can’t always be said for kids, but their parents would agree that a full night’s sleep would be something they’d love to have. However, some of us have a complicated relationship with sleep.

Sleep disorders

There are more than 70 sleep disorders, and they effect nearly 40 million people in the United States. There are three main categories of sleep disorders: lack of sleep, disturbed sleep, and excessive sleep. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, which falls into the lack of sleep category. In most cases, proper diagnosis is the first step to managing a sleep disorder. Diet changes, lifestyle changes, and medication are the most popular ways to correct a sleep disorder and have you back on your way to loving sleep.

Sleep deprivation

There are other reasons we are sleep deprived besides a sleep disorder. As mentioned above, adults with children cite their kids being the number one reason that they do not sleep. Be it that the kids are waking frequently during the night or there is general worry about your child, there are some things out of our control that will cause us to wake. Other things that cause sleep deprivation are unusual sleep schedules. For example, if you work third shift and must sleep during the day, this can cause you to not sleep as well as if you caught your shut eye during the night hours. While your work schedule and a child that wakes frequently may be unavoidable, it is crucial to prioritize getting restful sleep while you are actually asleep. A mattress that is right for your sleep needs and a sleep environment that is conducive to sleep will help to achieve deep, restorative sleep.

“I’m a light sleeper”

I personally fall into this category. I have found that relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation have helped to quiet my mind and allow for deeper, longer sleep stretches. I’ve always been a lover of sleep, but now I’m really reaping the benefits.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-disorders/symptoms-causes/syc-20354018

http://www.healthcommunities.com/sleep-disorders/overview-of-sleep-disorders.shtml

Lauren Smalley