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What Is A Sleep Disorder?

An estimated 50-70 million people in the United States suffer from a sleep disorder. Lack of sleep can have debilitating affects that can cause long-term health issues. Generally speaking, a sleep disorder is when you experience changes in sleeping patterns that negatively impact your health. While many sleep issues can be solved by a mattress that properly supports your body, others may require a visit to a doctor. Explore some of the common and not so common sleep disorders that affect millions of Americans today.

Insomnia
This is one of the most common disorders that affects nearly half of adults in the United States. Insomnia occurs when you experience persistent problems falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can occur due to stress, allergies, environmental influences, psychiatric issues, or underlying medical issues. If you have trouble falling asleep and notice you are tossing and turning often, this could simply be a sign that you need a new mattress. We encourage customers who want to purchase a new bed to come into our stores and try our exclusive RIGHTfit technology that scientifically measures your body’s pressure points to find the proper level of support you need.

Sleep Apnea
This sleep disorder is a very serious medical condition that affects your breathing while you are sleeping. Nearly 20 million Americans have this disorder and some do not even realize it. Sleep apnea causes a pause in your breathing pattern that can wake you up at night, as your body’s effort to breathe is harder. Obstructive sleep apnea results in your airway blocking oxygen, which can cause snoring, gasping for air, or choking sounds. For proper diagnosis and treatment for this sleep disorder, please consult your doctor.

Narcolepsy
This is a chronic sleep disorder that causes an overwhelming sense of daytime drowsiness. It is a neurological disorder that affects your brain’s ability to control when you are in a sleep or wakefulness cycle. “Sleep attacks” can occur when you fall asleep unexpectedly during the day. If left untreated, this issue can be very dangerous, especially if you were to fall asleep while driving. Genetic blood testing can be used to diagnose narcolepsy.

If you are not suffering from a sleep disorder and are not getting a proper night’s rest, this could be a sign that you need a new mattress or have poor sleep hygiene. Inadequate sleep hygiene is anything that you can control that affects your sleep. For example, drinking caffeine too late in the day, sleeping on an old unsupportive mattress or napping for too long.

If you are tossing and turning all night trying to get comfortable, or wake up tired and sore this could mean you need a new mattress that supports your individual needs. Our RIGHTfit Technology, available at all our locations, is a simple diagnostics test that scientifically measures your pressure points to recommend the level of support your need. Visit a Factory Mattress near you today and our sales associates will help you find the best mattress for you.

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