Signs you aren't getting enough sleep

Signs you aren't getting enough sleep

Today we are going to explore the topic of wellbeing, health and how your home can contribute to a positive and happier lifestyle for yourself and your family. If you battle through the day feeling constantly tired, it could be a sign that you’re not getting a good enough night’s sleep. Here we explore the signs that your sleep isn’t as calm and rejuvenating as you think, and of course, what you can do about it!

You're moody and unfocused

Are you short-tempered and a little snappy? Or do you find yourself having to bite your tongue more often than not? Sleep deprivation can negatively impact on your emotional wellbeing, meaning that you can become more irritable and temperamental. You can usually tell you’ve had a disappointing nights sleep pretty soon after waking up. Instead of feeling ready to go and face the day, you may feel slow, unable to focus and generally lethargic. Your memory is poor and you find yourself unable to concentrate on even the simplest of tasks. When this carries through to the rest of your day, it can make your working week feel like a long and unproductive trial... especially when it means you are constantly forgetting words, reading work emails several times to make sense of them, and not feeling as positive as usual when it comes to tackling everyday problems.

You're craving caffeine 

A morning tea or coffee on a work week to give us that quick boost of energy can be the perfect start to the day, but are you finding yourself consuming more caffeine than usual? If so, this is a sure sign that your night of sleep wasn’t quite as refreshing as you had hoped. If you find yourself constantly reaching for the coffee pot, you might want to consider why.

Your mattress is old and uncomfortable

A good night’s sleep has been scientifically shown to improve our overall health, boost day-to-day productivity at work/school and reduce stress levels - but if you’ve noticed you’re not sleeping well and your body is tense and achy when you wake, the problem can often be a pinpointed to the wrong mattress. Understanding how your body moves and adjusts to suit your sleep style is really important when choosing the right mattress; different firmness ratings, materials and densities all combine together to support your body in unique ways.

You're piling on the pounds

One of the knock on effects of lost sleep is the increased chance of gaining weight; this is because your body feels like it needs more energy to function, and thus craves more calories. If you find yourself reaching for extra snacks or a bigger plate portion on a regular basis, you will eventually begin gaining weight. In addition to this, your body isn’t just craving more of the healthy foods when it’s hungry... it has been scientifically proven that your body tends to crave high-calorie junk food when you're exhausted. 

The solution? Sleep!

Getting between 7-9 hours of sleep per night is crucial to both mental and physical wellbeing. Many factors can contribute to a poor night’s sleep, one of which can simply be the state of your mattress and the impact it has on you physically. If your mattress isn’t fit for purpose, you may find yourself tossing and turning rather than sleeping soundly. With so many mattresses now on offer, it’s important that you explore all options and find what suits your posture and body type, as this could be the reason you are not getting a good night’s sleep. On average we spend one-third of our day sleeping in bed so it’s important to invest in the right type, whether it be memory foam, or a firmer pocket-spring option. Be sure to test a range of mattresses and ask yourself these three questions:

Does it give me the proper support my body needs?

Do I feel comfortable?

Is this mattress the right size for my body type?

At Alan Ward we stock a range of mattresses, including Tempur, Mammoth and Vispring. Mattresses suit each individual differently, so what is good for one person may not fit another. For this reason, it is so important to visit a local mattress stockist and test out your mattress before buying. Alan Ward has four stores across the UK that you can visit and discuss your mattress needs. Find your nearest store here.

26th July 2019

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