We all need sleep; ideally, we need between 7 and 9 hours a day. Yet many of us fail to get the recommended amount of sleep because we are uncomfortable in bed.
The bad news about being uncomfortable in bed is that you’re going to wake up tired, but the good news is that most of the time, the cause of your discomfort can be easily solved. Here are four reasons why you may be having an uncomfortable night’s sleep and how to solve them.
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Your mattress is old
Your mattress may have been the most comfortable in the world, but after eight years of use, it’s reached the end of its life, and it’s time to think about getting a new one. A lot has changed in the mattress world in the past eight years. There are now new materials used in mattresses that are designed to keep you cool and comfortable even when co-sleeping. If you can’t decide between memory foam and springs, then you can even have the best of both worlds with a hybrid mattress – a great night’s sleep could be closer than you think.
Who would have thought that something as simple as having one too many pillows could be the cause of your sleep discomfort? So how many should you sleep with? The answer is one. That’s right; one pillow is the recommended number to sleep with beneath your head, with an additional pillow between the knees often increasing comfort for side sleepers.
Your room is too hot
It’s virtually impossible to get a good night’s sleep in a room that is too hot. The ideal temperature for sleep has been found to be around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It is much easier to get comfortable in a room that is below this by cozying up with an extra blanket, than it is to get comfortable in a room whose temperature is above. Try opening a window at night or turning the central heating off in your bedroom. If it’s still too warm, then you may need to get a fan or consider installing ACto give you more control over your bedroom temperature.
Co-sleeping with your partner or your pet may be lovely in theory, but in reality, it usually just results in very fragmented sleep. An increasing number of married couples are choosing to haveseparate beds to allow them to have a better night’s sleep, though if this isn’t something you want to try, then there are still some things you can do:
-Try getting a bigger bed to give you both more room in the night.
-If you find you get too hot sleeping with your partner, then a pillow between the two of you.
-If you have different mattress preferences, then get an adjustable or split mattress.
These are just four of the most common reasons why you could be having an uncomfortable night’s sleep – do you recognize any of them?