Updated: Mar 17
There is a lot going on in the world right now and good sleep is more important than ever! Good sleep helps your body's immune system to be at its best which helps in this pandemic. Also, the ability to get quality sleep can really help your ability to mentally and emotionally cope with the stressors and anxieties in your life. I'm taking my own advice to focus on sleep these days just to not get overwhelmed by the repeating video evidence of the systemic racism that continues to be present today in our society.
We continue with several ways to make adaptations to your bed and routines to improve your comfort, your health, and your safety during sleep. Making sure you are sleeping safely can improve your overall health and daily ability to function! Consider these ideas for you, your loved ones, and the people you work with every day.
Why Am I Waking Up Gasping for Air?
One way to improve your sleep safety is to ensure you are getting good quality sleep at night. If you wake up frequently or still feel tired even after sleeping eight hours, you may need to be tested for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes your body to stop breathing frequently through the night and your body's response is to wake you slightly to ensure you start breathing again. Having a sleep study performed will help diagnose this problem. Click the picture above to learn about what happens in a sleep study.
An Air Mattress for Healing?
A low loss air mattress can help heal chronic wounds by alternating airflow and providing pressure relief to common areas of the body for wounds. It also helps fluctuate the amount of pressure on each part of the body to limit the risk for new wounds. They are the same size as a hospital bed and can be covered by insurance in certain situations! Need more information? Let us know!
Why Do I Have Trouble Sleeping in My Bed?
Sleeping in your bed can help improve your sleep and ability to rest. But many people sleep in chairs or on couches because they have problems getting in and out of the bed. If you are having trouble let us know! There are simple solutions such as a bed safety step or bed rail that can assist you with this.
There are several reasons why you may not sleep well at night. One reason that's often overlooked is if you have had a disagreement with a loved one. Having a positive interaction with a loved one before bed can improve your sleep!
Another reason may be the type of clothes you wear to bed. If you are generally chilly, pick sleepwear that is warm such as flannel or silk. If you are generally hot try wearing light, breathable sleepwear to bed.
Don't forget to consider the temperature and darkness in the room!