6 Sleep Problems You Can Solve for Your Guests

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Holidays are a wonderful time.  We get together to celebrate friends, family, food and drink. Eighteen folks gathered in my home when the conversation turned to sleep. It somehow always does. Sleep is my passion after all.

What surprised me was how many of my guests experienced poor sleep quality. So here is a list of the complaints I fielded along with the solutions.

1. Arm going numb during sleep.

2. Getting up several times a night and unable to fall back asleep.

3. Sleeping 4-5 hours thinking that’s all you need.

4. Your partner gets up; the bed shakes, waking you up. 

5. Back pain.

6. Neck pain.

 

I’ll address each one separately: 

1. Arm going numb during sleep.

Numbness in an arm or leg is often a result of pinched blood vessels and the resulting drop in blood circulation. It is common with side sleepers. Despite common perception, there is a solution.  Coils have been used for over 85 years in the construction of mattresses. When positioned too close to our skin accompanied by skimpy padding, create pressures that pinch blood vessels causing limbs to “sleep”.  The solution is sleeping on a softer mattress allowing the mattress to properly support you equally, eliminating pinching.  The best solution can be achieved with an all foam (latex or memory) mattress.  

2. Getting up several times a night and unable to fall back asleep.

Many of us senior citizens can identify with that complaint and here is the solution. Night lights!  When we get a little older, for a variety of medical reasons, we have the need to visit the restroom more often.  Many of us get up, walk to the bathroom, turn the light on, do our “thing” and the lights off when we’re done. That bright light wakes our brain up fully making it difficult to fall asleep again. Night lights strategically placed will provide sufficient light without fully waking your brain up. Men, problem aiming? Try sitting! You’ll be able to resume your slumber and wake up wonderfully refreshed.

3. Sleeping 4-5 hours thinking that’s all you need.

Folks, we need 7-8 hours of good, restful sleep. Any less and you are missing out. Scientists are learning more and more about the healing powers of sleep. Recently, lack of ample sleep has been linked to the onset of early Alzheimer’s. It seems that while we are asleep, free oxidizing particles in our brains are removed thereby rejuvenating our gray matter. The process is slow and if we wake up too quickly, or sleep too few hours, we disrupt this vital process. Hay, lack of sleep makes us grumpy.  Who wants to be grumpy? 

Yes, I know – lots of brilliant people managed with 3-5 hours of sleep per night. Those are extreme examples (Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and others) so unless you are one of them, go for 7-8 hours per night. Hey – how much more productive could they have been had they slept longer?

4. Your partner gets up and the bed shakes, waking you up.

This is a common complaint with an easy fix.  The problem is caused by coils wired together, a common mattress design. When one person moves, the motion is transferred across the mattress by the fastening wires. 

Pocketed coils in a mattress work like a car with independent suspension.  When a coil or group of coils positioned under you move, they do not affect any other surrounding coils so your partner is not disturbed. I think foam mattresses have the least transfer of motion, a great solution for light sleepers.

5. Back pain.

Back pain is often caused by a worn out, unsupportive mattress. Most mattresses are designed to last 8-10 years (premium mattresses last 15-20 years). When coil mattresses age, the steel losses its temper and does not recoil as it once did. The resulting lack of support causes the mattress to slump resulting in lower back pain. By the way, this slumping if often not visibly apparent, the mattress surface can look level but temper is gone and with it the support.

Foam in all foam mattresses can compress resulting in a sagging unsupportive mattress as well. It looks like sagging with old age isn’t just for people.

6. Neck pain.

Neck pain is usually associated with an unsupportive pillow. We use a pillow to keep our head and spine properly aligned. Pillows like a mattress, wear out. The foam or feathers compress, perspiration and body salts penetrate the pillow innards causing a severe drop in resiliency. Replace your pillow with a premium, well-fitting pillow and it should solve the problem.

There you have it; my advice to guests who were in need of a good night’s sleep. In the end we all ate, drank, and had a wonderful visit.  In the few days since, I heard from some of them, they thanked me for the advice and the resulting wonderful night’s sleep they enjoyed. I love this business – our work is essential and life sustaining.  Happy New Year to you all and sleep tight!

Steven is the Sleep Expert for Norris Home Furnishings, a chain of furniture and bedding stores based in Florida. King has written two highly acclaimed books, including "Money in The Mattress: The Sales Associates Guide to Premium Mattress Sales" available on Amazon.com. E-mail him at itsgoode2bking@gmail.com.

 

About Steven

Steven King spent over two decades in the mattress business. Steven has sold, lectured, and trained those interested in the importance of sleep and the roll a mattress plays in providing exceptional, healing, and reviving sleep. The healthiest thing we can do to promote good health is SLEEP! Steven has authored award winning books including "Money In The Mattress: The Sales Associates' Guide to Premium Mattress Sales", available on Amazon.com. Reach Steven via email: itsgoode2bking@gmail.com View all articles by Steven
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