Why do you wake up in the middle of the night?

Need a Snug night sleep?

Well, apart from chosing the best mattress (see previous posts) and bed sheets ever – we recommend our own Snug Hug & Co.’s – there are times when you just can sleep, can you?

Here are a few of the reasons you are not able to sleep from start to end (when your alarm clock sets off!) and what you could do to solve them.

You’re coughing

If a cough wakes you, it’s likely to be caused by stomach acid splashing up the gullet and irritating the back of the throat. Known as nocturnal or atypical reflux, it’s made worse by lying flat and usually happens a couple of hours after going to sleep. Those who suffer from reflux during the day are more likely to be affected. Other symptoms include heartburn and an acid or sour taste in the mouth.

What to do:

Watch your weight. Carrying a few extra pounds around your stomach can increase the likelihood of an attack as it creates pressure on the abdomen, pushing the contents of the gut up the gullet. Try to avoid heavy meals six hours before going to bed, and sleep propped up on pillows.

You’re out of breath

Did you know there is such a thing as nocturnal asthma? Some people only realize they have it because it wakes them at night. It can also bring on coughing fits.

What to do:

Air conditioning, bed mites or down duvets can trigger an attack. Try changing your type of bedding or soft furnishings to see if that helps. If it is asthma, your GP can prescribe a long-acting corticosteroid inhaler to open the airways.

Stop counting sheep!
Stop counting sheep!

You feel dizzy

If you wake up feeling dizzy, you could be suffering from benign positional vertigo. This happens when microscopic fragments of debris break off from the lining of the inner ear — usually as a result of infection or inflammation — and get into one of the fluid-filled canals of the middle ear, confusing balancing signals to the brain, which then brings on dizziness.

What to do:

Sleeping on your back on two pillows may help, as it stabilizes the position of the head. If you do wake up dizzy, put on a soft light next to your bed — don’t close your eyes, as the visual messages we get from sight help re-order the confusing messages being sent to the brain. Then, focus on an object for a few minutes. As you stay in this fixed position, the disturbing signals will settle down, calming the dizzy spell.

Your back is aching

Sleeping with too many pillows can put strain on the lower back. The best position to sleep in is on your back with one pillow under your neck and one under your knees, as this will support the lower back.

What to do:

Your mattress could be too hard or too soft. When testing a new one, lie on your back and check whether you can put your hand in the gap between your spine and the mattress. If there is a big gap, the mattress is too hard; if you can’t get your fingers out easily, the mattress is too soft.

Stay tooned for the next article on this. In the meantime, hope this can help!

Sleeping in a Snug Hug bed will surely help too!
Sleeping in a Snug Hug bed will surely help too!

Snug sleep, everyone! 🙂

* read this and more at goodhousekeeping.com/

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