Articles On Healthy Sleep

Best Mattress For A Side Sleeper – A Not-Too-Firm Recommendation

Sleeping on your side is a good sleep position as long as it maintains your spines alignment, and it can ease pressure on your back, it also is great for blood flow and nutrient flow to your body whilst sleeping.  The problem with side sleeping though, is, as you have less surface area in contact […]






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National Sleep Foundation Shows Importance of Bedding

One of the foremost authorities on sleep health is the National Sleep Foundation (yes, even though qMattresses.com has a section devoted to Sleep Health, the NSF provides in-depth proprietary research and studies to help people out. With their latest study, they actually help us out because their finding support what we have been saying all […]






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What Are Parasomnias?

Parasomnias are among the most mysterious and misunderstood sleep disorders.  Used broadly, the term can be applied to almost any abnormal sleep behavior except sleep apnea—however, the term is usually used to specify the intrusion of behavior normally associated with wakefulness into a sleeping state. Examples include sleep walking, talking in sleep, or even nocturnal […]






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10 Things You Can Do To Prevent Snoring

Snoring is so common it is hardly considered a sleep disorder—it is seen as “the norm” by many!  Between 30 to 50% of sleepers snore.  Snoring is more common in men, and like many health problems, it becomes more common with age.  Snoring is most likely to bother those around the sleeper, but snorers themselves […]






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What Are Standard Mattress Sizes?

Mattress sizes have become standardized for the most part, with each of the major mattress manufacturers adhering to industry accepted width and length dimensions. Where the mattress size will vary is in the actual height, with some mattresses as thin as a few inches and some as thick as 21″. However, mattress height is often […]






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Circadian Rhythm Disorders

A lot of people consider themselves to be either “night owls” or “morning larks.” What time you naturally want to wake and sleep depends on your circadian rhythm.  Almost every living creature has a circadian rhythm, a clock that sets certain biological functions to the time of day.  The circadian rhythm governs hormone secretion, alertness, […]






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Obesity and Mattress Quality

As a condition that is becoming more and more common among the population (and at an alarming rate, at that), obesity is not exactly something that will directly impact the quality of your sleep. Instead, obesity has a negative impact on the quality of your sleep the same way that it impacts your cardiovascular health; […]






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Back Pain and Healthy Sleep

As a mattress review website, it makes sense that we would finally take a higher level look at one of the biggest obstacles that stands in people’s way of healthy sleep: back pain. Most often, the onset of back pain is a trigger to replace a mattress that, while it might not feel old from […]






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Narcolepsy 101: An Introduction

Narcolepsy is a rare disorder, affecting about one in every 2,000 Americans.  While narcolepsy is probably under-diagnosed, sleepiness during the day is more likely another sleep disorder unless other symptoms are present.  Symptoms suggestive of narcolepsy form a classic tetrad including excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis and bedtime hallucinations. The first of these symptoms, […]






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How to Resist Fatigue From Shift Work

The physicians who study sleep medicine understand the effects of sleep deprivation all too well.  Medical training demands long and often unpredictable hours.  At the same time, doctors are expected to be able to think clearly enough to make life-or-death decisions at all hours, regardless of how fatigued they may be.  Perhaps it is partially […]






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REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Dreaming allows us to experience outlandish and fantastic scenarios impossible in reality.  These imaginary scenes range from wonderful fantasies to terrifying nightmares.  Fortunately for us, our brains have a mechanism to prevent us from acting out our dreams as we have them.  Imagine how dangerous it could be to enact your nightmare of fighting off […]






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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders in America, if not the world, and its prevalence is increasing.  OSA is when someone’s airway closes off while they sleep.  As a result, the patient stops breathing for a short period, until their brain signals an alarm to wake and they sputter […]






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Insomnia: A Primer

Few things are as frustrating as lying in bed, wishing you were asleep.  Almost everyone suffers from inability to sleep at some point in life. When this sleeping difficulty persists despite adequate opportunity to sleep, insomnia has developed.  Insomnia is very common, affecting about 20 to 40 percent of the population at any given time.  […]






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Bruxism

Jillian didn’t know she had bruxism. When Jillian went to her doctor’s office, her main concern was headaches that had come and gone for years.  Like many headaches, these generally seemed worse with stress at work and at home.  However, shortly after Jillian moved in with her fiancée, he described a terrible noise that would […]






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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition in which people feel compelled to move their legs.  This usually comes on at the least convenient time—when you are resting and trying to fall asleep.  People with RLS describe a creeping, gnawing, pulling feeling that can only be relieved by moving the legs.  Unfortunately, the relief is […]






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7 Habits For A Good Night’s Sleep

Difficulty either falling or staying asleep is a common complaint in the doctor’s office.  The good news is that very often, insomnia can be corrected by paying attention to a few rules of thumb.  These rules are known as sleep hygiene—habits that help you fall asleep shortly after your head hits the pillow. 1 – […]






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Alternative Medicines for Sleep

The treatment of sleep disorders like insomnia very often follows a predictable progression.  Physicians who specialize in sleep health frequently begin by recommending behavioral changes to the patient.  If these changes don’t help, the physician may recommend a medication on the next visit.  However, more and more mainstream physicians are beginning to recognize the potential […]






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Impact of Stress on Healthy Sleep

The relationship between sleep and stress levels is an interesting one. It becomes difficult if not impossible to link our general stress levels with the quality of sleep we obtain, but it is evident that how we deal with stress is indeed impacted by the quality of sleep we obtain. Likewise, while it is difficult […]






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Migraines, Headaches and Sleep Quality

Those who suffer from migraine headaches will tell you that they would never wish their extreme pain and discomfort on anyone, including their worst enemies. Interestingly, many believe that migraine headaches are exclusive to a certain population when in fact much of it can be attributed back our quality of sleep. In other words, poor […]






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Poor Circulation and Healthy Sleep

One of the most common problems that results from a poor sleep experience is poor circulation. The consequence of poor circulation while you sleep is restlessness when you should be sleeping and re-energizing your mind and body. Therefore, proper blood circulation is essential for your body in ensuring that it gets the rest and sleep […]






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What Is Your Sleep Type?

Knowing the type of sleeper you are can help for a variety of reasons, although if you are reading this post today, chances are quite high that you need to know the type of sleeper you are so that you can buy a mattress. But more importantly, once you know how you sleep, you can […]






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