Are You Smarter Than A Bed Bug?

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A good night’s sleep is essential to your mental, emotional and physical health. Yet most people do not get the necessary seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Better sleep can be as simple as getting a better mattress from your local Houston mattress store.

The Better Sleep Council, a non-profit organization, was established in 1979. Its goal is to educate the public about the importance of sleep, how it affects your health and how the value of your mattress and sleep environment impacts your sleep.

Do you think you know what the perfect bedroom is like? Test your knowledge on mattress care, sleep surroundings and more by taking The Better Sleep Council’s quizzes at http://bettersleep.org/about/quizzes/

After you’re tested your knowledge, take advantage of other features and information on their site such as sleep positions, sleep disorders, sleep aids and more!

Natural Sleep Aids

While a few sleepless nights can be an annoyance to our daily routine, habitual sleep deprivation can have much longer-lasting affects on our overall health. Sleep depravation can be caused by many factors but for many of us, extended periods of sleeplessness aren’t a matter of “if” but “when”.

When those seasons of tossing and turning dawn there are a plethora of remedies to help us fall asleep, although not many of them are particularly healthy in the long term. Pharmaceuticals have their place and over short periods of time can certainly help combat the affects of insomnia but over longer stretches of restlessness, the medicines can often create unhealthy dependencies that can have far worse effects on your body and mind than the problem they’re trying to correct.

But, there’s hope! Whether your struggling with a lengthy stress-filled season of life or chronic bouts of insomnia, there are healthy, natural alternative measures available that can help you get the rest you desperately need without leaving you with nasty side effects or chemical dependency issues. Keep in mind the following list of natural sleep aids are suggestions for you to research and explore, preferably with the assistance of your physician. This list is not intended to be a replacement for your doctor’s diagnosis or treatment.

That said, Mattresses For Less offers the following suggestions for natural sleep aids:

 

Valerian

This is an ancient herbal remedy that has been used for centuries to help with insomnia, anxiety, and nervousness. Many people have had successful results with this all natural sleep aid but it should be noted that this product has not been conclusively studied by the medical community at large. One of the concerns most sleep specialists have with this (and all natural remedies) is the lack of consistency in the quality or quantity of the herbal remedies on the market today. So, while there are plenty of anecdotal evidence of Valerian’s effectiveness against sleep deprivation issues, anyone looking to this or any other natural sleep aid should do their due diligence in researching and asking questions before use.

Chamomile

 

 

Another ancient herbal remedy that has become quite popular among natural herbal remedy users, Chamomile is widely available in a variety of products from ointments to tea. As with Valerian, Chamomile’s effectiveness against insomnia has not been widely researched in humans although animal studies have proven it to be an effective sleep aid. Just do your research and if you have any questions, ask your doctor.

Melatonin

 

 

This product is actually a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the human brain. This hormone is widely believed to be critical to the body’s circadian rhythms which regulates our sleep patterns. There is evidence that synthetic melatonin helps with circadian rhythm disorders from jet lag to delayed sleep phase disorders but has not been fully tested or proven to help with insomnia.

 

 

 

 

 

While these natural remedies have not been fully tested by the medical community, the effectiveness of these products does have a rather large following. Keep in mind as you do your research that anecdotal evidence, while compelling, is not conclusive evidence of a product’s effectiveness. So if you’re considering using some of these natural sleep aids, Mattresses For Less strongly suggests you include your doctor in the conversation. If your research reveals nothing to concern either you or your doctor, these herbal remedies may be just what the doctor ordered to give you the full benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Help For Bruxism

Ever heard this one before? You’re sound asleep getting your much needed rest after a hectic and stressful day when you hear a sound coming from the other side of the bed. At first you think there may be something trying to dig through the floor of your bedroom. You wake your partner and the sound immediately stops. It is then that you realize the sound was caused by them; specifically by a common sleeping disorder known as “Bruxism”.

Bruxism is the clenching and/or grinding of teeth during sleep. Many people are afflicted with this sleeping issue and don’t even know it until either someone else identifies it or inherent symptoms arise. Most notable among common Bruxism symptoms can range from common headaches or pain in the jaw or ears to mysterious tooth pain and even tooth loss over an extended period of time. Not everyone who grinds their teeth in their sleep has any physical symptoms but at the very least it can be difficult for your significant other to get a good night’s sleep because of it.

The physical effects of Bruxism vary depending on the severity of the case. The cause of Bruxism isn’t universally known but studies have shown most cases develop during periods of intense stress. This observation can be troublesome as many people who suffer some of the more painful effects of Bruxism often attribute their headaches and jaw/ear/tooth pain to stress rather than some other more physical ailments. This conclusion often leads to the patient ignoring their Bruxism which can easily lead to more headaches, ear aches, jaw pain, tooth pain, tooth loss, and a sleep deprived partner. The good news is, in most cases, Bruxism is easily treated with few simple home remedies for light cases to Dental treatments for more acute cases.

Once discovered and identified, the first question that comes to mind is “how do you stop from grinding your teeth?” There are several treatments available ranging from simple home remedies to help from dental health professionals. Home remedies would fall under “stress management”; simple exercises to help you relax before bedtime. Massaging the jaw muscles or even taking over-the-counter sleep aids can be all you need to end the nocturnal grind. If the simple remedies don’t solve the problem, a visit with your dentist can provide clinical remedies from custom designed mouth guards to dietary supplements and even botox. For the most serious cases of Bruxism, there are orthodontic and surgical procedures available but a dental physician obviously needs to be involved.

With all of the medical advancements available today, there are more ways than ever to help with this very common sleep disorder. If you have any questions or need more information, consult your physician or dental health professional and get on the road to a restful night’s sleep…for everyone.