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Tag Archives: snoring
Few things will snap you out of a glorious slumber than the feeling of tiny fingers prying your eyelids open and a small voice uttering “Mommy are you awake?” It’s a moment where your heart melts and you want to commit a crime at the same time. Little does this tiny human know that despite the fact that you are in fact awake (now), that you have already been awake several times throughout the night. Was that a cough? Better go check. What was that sound? Better go check. Is she too hot? Too cold? Better go check? Did I finish my wine? Better go check.
In order to be a mom, or a functioning person for that matter, getting good sleep is totally necessary. And I don’t mean good sleep as in “I got a full 40 minutes, Buddy-the-Elf” style of sleep, I’m talking 8 hours of sleep, the type where you actually haven’t had caffeine since 4 pm, didn’t drink too much wine, and you got off of your screen at a reasonable time before you went to bed. Will the stars ever align for those things to actually happen? Not while Netflix keeps putting out new releases. However, one thing that actual experts agree on is that sleep is crucial to holistic health and for some insane reason, sleep seems to be the one thing we all compromise on, because one more episode won’t hurt, will it?
On my search for this mystical thing called sleep, I wanted to reach out to my friends and co-workers and see if they feel like they are getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep (I had to look up how many hours of sleep we actually need to get) and it is no shock that 99% of them agreed that they sacrifice their sleep because of their addiction to Netflix, video games, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and cat videos on YouTube. Okay, that last one is me. Here’s what the staff of pillows.com (you know, the “experts”) had to say about their own personal quests for quality sleep.
Question: How many hours of sleep per night do you average?
Jordan: “On average, I sleep 6 hours a night.”
Chelsea: “I try my best to get 8-9 hours. I always make sure that I turn off the lights by 10:30 pm AT THE LATEST!”
Q: What is your ideal sleep environment?
Faydra: “Dark and quiet, squishy supportive pillow for my head and two body pillows for optimal pillow nesting.”
Toni: “Next to the ocean, listening to the waves.”
Q: Would you say you need more sleep?
Omar: “I think I need uninterrupted sleep more than more hours of sleep. I’ve tested it and 6-7 hours seems to be a good number for my body. But, unintentionally, I always seem to drink a lot of water before bed so I sometimes get up multiple times during the night.”
Chelsea: “I think I could invest more time for sleeps on the weekends. I tend to let go of my strict sleep schedule on Saturday nights. However, during the work week’s I’m very good at getting enough sleep.”
Q: Do you think technology gets in the way of your sleep?
Chris: “I do think that technology can get in the way of a normal sleep routine if you are trying to go to sleep at a decent time. Having a phone or laptop near the bed might lead to staying up much later than needed. Although I do have insomnia and sometimes staring at a screen watching a video or reading can make my eyes heavy enough that I am forced to close them long enough to doze off.”
Toni: “Yes! I sleep with the phone by my side and any text or noise letting me know I have a new email wakes me up.”
Q: Do you need white noise to sleep?
Chelsea: “I love white noise and absolutely need it. Sometimes when I can’t go to sleep, I’ll put on a show like “The Office” and fall asleep to the sound of Michael Scott whispering in my ear.”
Q: If you could give yourself one sleep goal to achieve this year what would it be?
Chris: “My one sleep goal for this year is to start meditating again when trying to sleep. Meditation relaxes my very active mind and can sometimes calm it enough to allow me to get some sleep. I used to meditate often before bed, but I have not done it in a while. It has helped before and I am sure that it will help again.”
Dana: “Spend time reading more before bed rather than being on my phone wasting time.”
Q: Do you have bad habits that interfere with your sleep?
Faydra: “Other than video games and my Instagram addiction, I would say no.”
Jordan: “The only bad habits I’d say I have are staying up to catch the last seconds of a TV show/movie and not going to bed at a more reasonable time.”
Can any of you relate to our staff? We all want more sleep but also want to finish that last episode or beat one more level. So, where do we go from here to make sleep a priority in 2018? Of course, my first spot to find all the answers would be Pinterest! Here is a list of 21 tips for better sleep but I have to warn you that I’m pretty sure that #2 is contestable.
We at pillows.com are going to commit to sleeping better together! Wait! You know what I mean! We’re going to hold each other accountable to getting quality sleep. In our own beds, separately. Oh man, I need more sleep.
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Snoring: The noise that keeps everybody awake but you…
According to WebMD, approximately 45% of the adult population snores, and studies suggest that men make up the majority of this group. While this might seem trivial, snoring can have grave repercussions both directly and indirectly. Not only does snoring cause spouses and other family members to have interrupted sleep cycles, but failure to seek treatment can cause marital/relationship issues, including couples sleeping in separate bedrooms. Furthermore, snoring can also be a warning sign for more serious health issues, such as obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and more.
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So, when should you seek treatment for your (or your spouse’s) snoring? Well, that depends. (However, seeking professional medical advice is almost always the best answer). But, if you’re in relatively good health and you suspect your snoring may be habit related, there are a few subtle changes that you can make to help eliminate snoring.
These changes include the following:
- Change your pillows – No really, we’re not just saying that. Over time, dust mites can accumulate in pillows causing allergic reactions that sometimes lead to snoring.
- Don’t allow pets on your bed – We know this is a tough pill to swallow, but pets, particularly those with long hair, frequently shed and inhaling these particles can heighten symptoms of snoring.
- Drink Water – Hydration is a key requirement to help avoid snoring. When your nasal passages are dehydrated, secretions in the nose become stickier. This stickiness can lead to closed nasal passages ultimately causing you to snore.
- Use a humidifier – Much like drinking water and staying hydrated, using a humidifier can put more moisture in the air allowing for less dryness in the nose leading to snore-free sleep.
- Sleep on your side – If you normally sleep on your back, sleeping on your side can help reduce snoring as it decreases the chances of obstructing the airway.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking – Although some people find alcohol helps to induce sleep, rarely is this REM sleep, the deepest stage of sleep. Furthermore, alcohol consumption before bed causes throat muscles to relax which can obstruct breathing passages. Smoking can cause inflammation leading to blocked nasal and throat passages, also leading to snoring.
- Develop consistent sleep schedules – While it might seem being “too tired” would help you sleep better. Extreme fatigue can cause you to sleep heavy. Heavy sleep is associated with snoring. Thus, going to bed and getting up around the same time every day is ideal to combat snoring.
Following these tips can greatly improve your sleep as well as help combat snoring. And, while these tips may work for some, we can’t stress enough the importance of seeking advice from a medical professional to help ensure your case of the “snores” isn’t something much more serious.