Getting a good night's sleep depends on a lot of different factors -- comfort, stress level, room temperature – but to get it right, you've got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber.
If you're in the market for a new mattress and have recently taken a stroll down the aisle of a bedding store, you know that there is a dizzying array from which to choose. How do you know which mattress is best for you?
To start, says Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate...
For some people, insomnia only lasts a few nights and then their sleep gets back on track. This might happen when you have jet lag.
Others have "short-term" insomnia, which lasts less than a month. For instance, an accountant who works extra hours and feels stressed during tax season might have rocky sleep until the April 15 deadline passes.
Chronic insomnia lasts longer than a month. That's the most likely kind to be linked to a health problem, but it could also be due to your sleep habits.
Some of the most common causes of insomnia are simple. Do you:
Keep odd hours?
Nap during the day?
Drink too much coffee or alcohol?
Stay up late because you're working, doing chores, or watching something online?
Worry about something that's going on in your life?
Medications. Over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications -- including some blood pressure medicines, heart drugs, and thyroid hormones -- can interfere with sleep. So can the misuse of sleeping pills.
Jet lag and changing shift-work schedules. These throw off your "body clock." Most people adjust to their new schedule eventually.