Hypersomnia, pre-sleep body jerks, early morning exercise and more!
The reviews are in and Mattress Firm is talking about the latest sleep-related trends in this month’s sleep health news roundup. Read below for December’s roundup of how to get better sleep and learn more about how sleep affects your health.
For busy-bodies and working parents, it’s often difficult to find a good time to exercise during the week. Sometimes the only option is an early morning workout — but is it worth sacrificing sleep? Sleep expert Dr. Charles Czeisler says that we should not compromise our sleep just for an hour of exercise, at least not all the time. Not only does sleep reduce the risk of injury and allow muscles to recover, but without it, our immune system can weaken, which means no exercise at all.
Have you experienced that moment when you are almost asleep and then a sudden twitch wakes you up? Apparently, these pre-sleep jerks, called hypnic jerks, happen to 60 – 70% of Americans and can be triggered by things such as anxiety, caffeine, exercise or sleep-deprivation. When one part of the brain dozes off before the others, we can experience these involuntary jerks, waking us up from our state of slumber.
You’ve heard of insomnia, but what is hypersomnia? Referred to as IH, idiopathic hypersomnia is a chronic sleep disorder with symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness, long sleep times, poor sleep quality and difficulty waking up. IH’s symptoms can often be mislabeled as these are also common in depression, hormonal disorders and sleep deprivation. With no known cause, the exact onset of IH can also be difficult to pinpoint.
Studies show that feeling a breathing rhythm can help you relax and fall asleep. So forget counting sheep — instead, try Somnox. This bean-shaped bedtime companion expands and contracts to guide your breathing, helping your mind slow down during bedtime. It can also act as a white noise machine, playing soothing sounds and lullabies. If you happen to wake up in the middle of the night, Somnox can also help you fall back asleep, setting your breathing back into sleep mode.
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