Sleep is a very important aspect of life which ultimately determines your quality of your day, body and mind. In America there are millions of people that have sleep issues or even sleep disorders, making it hard for people to recover from a long day of work. This ultimately creates a snowball effect of bad sleep and constant tiredness. 

We have complied a list of the most common sleep disorders that you might have and what you can do to improve your sleep.

 

Insomnia

Did you know 1/3 of the population suffers from Insomnia. Insomniacs have problems falling asleep or staying a sleep all through the night.

Insomnia Symptoms 

It’s perfectly normal to have a bit of trouble falling aslee once in a blue moon, but those with insomnia have issues dozing off a few days a week or even every single day. This can be experienced in two ways. Some might have problems falling asleep initially, taking hours to fall asleep. 

Others may doze off but then wake up many times throughout the night and then are exhausted the next day. This can lead to brain fog, unfocused work, stress and even depression.

Causes of Insomnia

The causes of insomnia can vary widely. Lifestyle factors like medications, caffeine and alcohol use, smoking, and diet all play a part. Other health conditions such as chronic pain or illness can also make it difficult to rest at night.

Mental and emotional stressors, depression, and grief are also major culprits that can cause or worsen insomnia. Anxiety is a common cause of sleepless nights, often made worse by worrying about getting enough sleep!

Ways To Ward Off Insomnia 

With time, insomnia can damage physical and mental health, so quickly treating it is crucial. Sleep aids can be very addictive and should not be used as a long term fix. Here are some natural fixes. 

  • Create a strict sleep schedule 
  • Limit screen interaction 2 hours before bed 
  • Use a cooling Weighted Blanket. The magic of DTP on the body brings relaxation and sleep hormones that will gently guide you to a land of sleep and dreams.
  • Work out in the morning to increase your alertness in the day time and promote tiredness at night. 
  • Try yoga, meditation and other therapies to treat your insomnia 

    RLS Restless Leg Syndrome

    RLS is annoying and often a painful sleep disorder. We know that RLS causes so many problems at bedtime such as discomfort and stress. RLS causes a weird sensation in the legs making you have the urge to move around to relieve it. It often shows up while laying down at night.

    Symptoms of RLS

    RLS feels like bully, crawling, throbbing, itching, tingling in the legs while in bed or just sitting still. 

    Often times you need to move your legs to relieve these odd feelings. Those with RLS also have experienced twitching or sudden movements of their legs during their sleep.

    Causes of RLS

    No one knows the reasons that cause RLS, but some believe it’s from a dopamine imbalance in the brain. RLS can often by a hereditary. RLS can also show up during a pregnancy, but often goes away after delivery. Research still has not found the causes of RLS.

    Natural remedies for RLS

    Talk to your doctor about supplements and vitamins. Iron, folic acid, B12, and magnesium have helped to reduce symptoms linked to RLS

    Try acupuncture, massages. A calve massage before bed can help reduce the sensation and twitching. A Weighted Blanket can be beneficial with its deep touch pressure therapy, which is triggered when you place it evenly on your body

    Reduce stress and anxiety with daily exercise, yoga and meditation 

      Sleep Apnea

      This common and often times dangerous sleep issue affects 3-7% of Americans. While some think sleep apnea is just snoring, it’s much more than that. It’s a condition in which breathing starts and stops while sleeping.

      Sleep Apnea

      This common and often times dangerous sleep issue affects 3-7% of Americans. While some think sleep apnea is just snoring, it’s much more than that. It’s a condition in which breathing starts and stops while sleeping.

      Causes of Sleep Apnea

      Sleep apnea can be central or obstructive. When sleep apnea is obstructive, the relaxed throat and tongue muscles causes blocking in the throat that stops normal breathing.

      Being over weight, a small throat, or having chronic congestion of the nasal can cause obstructive sleep Apnea. It’s quite common in older males.

      With the central apnea, the issue comes from the brain, which doesn’t send the right signal to trigger normal breathing. This issue is common in older males with heart problems, history of stroke, or at on narcolepsy meds.

      Ways to fight Sleep Apnea naturally 

      • Slim down to a healthy weight
      • Exercise regularly to promote a strong heart and prevent sleep apnea
      • Try side sleeping instead of sleeping on your back
      • Quit alcohol and smoking which worsens your sleep

        Narcolepsy 

        This sleep condition results in overwhelming lethargicness and sudden sleep bouts. Those with this issue have to deal with unbearable fatigue and can’t always control their sleep times.   

        Signs of Narcolepsy 

        The most obvious symptom of narcolepsy is daytime excessive sleepiness. Cataplexy, the sudden loss of muscles, is often seen in some narcoleptics. Hallucinations and sleep paralysis are seen in many narcoleptics, as are other issues like insomnia, sleep apnea and RLS. 

        Cause of Narcolepsy 

        Studies are still trying to figure out the reasons for narcolepsy. Hypocredtin is a chemical that REM is regulated by, and this is not produced as much in people with narcolepsy. 

        Was to fight and win your battle with Narcolepsy 

        There are no known cures for narcolepsy yet, however there are lifestyle changes that can be done to ease the symptoms.

        • Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy, quit alcohol and smoking, try meditation and yoga and exercise daily. 
        • Develop a strict nap schedule. Nap under an Olune Weighted Blanket to get the best reset possible to avoid unbearable fatigue
        • Try working with a sleep therapist to come up with a plan to address your unique situation

          REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

          During usual REM, the body is in momentary paralyzation and keeps still to avoid acting out our dreams. REM disorder happens when this inhibition is not triggered. Those with REM disorder can physically act out their dreams, which often times involves speaking out and quick limb movements such as kicking.

          Symptoms of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

          Moving during sleep is a common symptom, punching, swinging, kicking, flailing, jumping, and other movements are common. Vocal sounds such as crying, talking, shouting and laughing are also common in most people with REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. 

          Causes of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

          The pathways to the nerves that often prevent movements in the muscle during typical REM sleep stop functioning in those with this disorder. Why? The reasons are unknown, but there are some factors that put you at risk. Older men over 50 tend to have this disorder more often, and many with neurodegenerative problems like dementia or Parkinson’s.

          Natural Ways to Beat REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

          • Melatonin is prescribed by many doctors as it reduces dream-enactment 
          • Use stress reduction techniques such as massage, meditation, exercise, and Weighted Blankets to up your brain function
          • Make your room a safe and comfy environment and take out objects that can be harmful during a dream reenactment 

            Better Sleep With Olune 

            We are passionate about sleep, and we want you to fall in love with your sleep, too. When you struggle from sleep disorders, sleep feels more like stress than rest.

            Weighted Blankets have proven to improve sleep quality immensely, reduce symptoms of RLS and insomnia, and greatly improve our moods and lowers depression and anxiety.