If it’s hard for you to fall asleep or you wake up several times throughout the night, you are considered to have sleep difficulty.
According to the National Institute for Health, sleep disturbance can increase your risk for mental and physical health problems.
For instance, poor sleep quality can increase your risk of a stroke, asthma attacks, poor immunity, sensitivity to pain, inflammation, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Sleep can also affect you mentally, increasing your risk of developing mental health issues like depression, anxiety, confusion, and frustration.
Not just that, poor sleep can increase your risk for accidents, affect your performance at work or school, and affect your ability to make sound judgments.
Several factors can affect your sleep, many of which you can control.
Here are 10 everyday things that may affect your sleep.
1. Room Temperature
The temperature of the bedroom in which you sleep can affect your sleep quality.
As the day ends, the core body temperature begins to drop, which signals the brain that it’s time to go to sleep. So, if you are sleeping in a room that is too warm, your core body temperature can actually increase, thus disturbing your sleep.
A 2008 study published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology indicates that very mild manipulations of room temperature can help in the management of disturbed sleep, especially in the elderly (1).
Try to keep the temperature of your bedroom cool to ensure a better quality of sleep.
2. Poor Mattress
The mattress that you are sleeping on can also have a huge impact on your sleep.
For instance, sleeping on secondhand or older beds can cause poor sleep due to their poor hygiene. Sleeping on such mattress can cause sleep disturbance, leaving you feeling tired and irritable upon waking up. A clean and hygienic mattress may be all you need.
Plus, the mattress should not be too hard or too soft. If you’re sleeping on a mattress that’s too soft, you’ll start to sink down to the bottom. On the other hand, sleeping on a mattress that’s too hard means you have too much pressure on the sacrum, which can give rise to body pain.
Clean your bedding and mattress on a regular basis, but also make sure to change your mattress about every 10 years.
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