August 17, 2020
It can be so difficult to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, between thinking about what needs to get done the next day and your partner snoring, "difficult" might be an understatement. But just because you’ve had horrible sleep in the past doesn't mean you have to settle in the future. Once you pinpoint what might be causing your restless nights, you can find the best solution for your sleep issue. Find your problem below and start getting answers today.
RELATED: Subscribe to the Dr. Oz newsletter for wellness tips, recipes, and exclusive sneak peeks from The Dr. Oz Show.
Snoring Keeps Me Up At Night
One of the biggest complaints of a bad night’s sleep is your partner (or even yourself) snoring. If you’ve tried snoring strips and sleeping on your side and nothing seems to work, the answer to your problems might lie in the angle of your mattress. Adjustable base beds have been proven to reduce snoring. In a SleepScore Labs’ study, participants who tried Dr. Oz Good Life adjustable base reported less disturbance at night. Before, 31% of people were frequently woken by their own snoring. That reduced to 0% when using an adjustable base.
If you have sleep apnea, you should see or continue seeing your doctor for care since it is a very serious sleep disorder. However, a 2017 study showed that elevating the head (with an adjustable base) was an effective way to address the side effects of sleep apnea. Elevation of the head with adjustable bases may also assist with acid reflux issues.
I Can’t Quiet My Mind Before Bed
If your mind constantly races at night with everything you have to accomplish or the stressors from your day, you’re not alone. More than 40 million adults in the U.S. are affected by some sort of anxiety disorder, according to statistics from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Weighted blankets have been a solution to help calm anxiety and get you to fall asleep. While there isn’t a lot of research on the effectiveness of weighted blankets, participants from one small study reported a 63% decrease in anxiety after using. Additionally, deep pressure therapy — the act of applying weighted pressure in the form of a touch, hug, or weighted blanket — may be an effective method to reduce anxiety.
I Wake Up With a Sore Back
If you’re waking up with constant back pain, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. Over time, your mattress wears down, and ideally, you should replace it every seven years. An old mattress won’t offer the same support your back needs and therefore could cause your pain. When shopping for a new mattress, make sure you don’t get one that’s too firm or too soft, as both extremes could result in back issues over time.
If you can’t afford a new mattress at the moment, think about investing in a mattress topper instead. These toppers are an affordable solution that can go right on top of your old mattress. If you get one made with high-density memory foam, it will shape against your body to help alleviate your pain.
I’m Always Hot, Even Without Blankets On
If you’re constantly hot when trying to sleep, regardless of the pajamas you wear and the blankets and sheets you use, your room is too hot. 65 degrees Fahrenheit is the recommended temperature for optimal sleep. If turning your thermostat down doesn’t work, assess what you’re sleeping on. There is technology that can create a cooling effect in your mattress and pillows. Specifically, Dr. Oz Good Life bedding products have CoolRelax™ foam infused with activated charcoal and gel particles that can keep you cool at night.