28 Dec Common Sleep Disorders: Restless Leg, Night Terrors, Sleepwalking
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over a few of the most common sleep disorders that impact Americans. Over 50 million Americans suffer from some level of sleep disorder, but there are also ways to mitigate their symptoms — including selecting the proper mattress and bed frame.
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re happy to offer a wide range of new mattresses, adjustable bed frames and other resources to numerous clients, including those who deal with sleep disorders of any kind. What are some other such disorders, and how might your mattress play a role in relieving any discomfort you have? Here’s a primer.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Another sleep disorder we’ll look at is restless legs syndrome, which many people have called a far worse condition to deal with than insomnia. Those who suffer from this often describe a creeping or crawling sensation within the legs that makes it nearly impossible to relax or fall asleep.
The severity can vary quite a bit, but for some people it can seriously impact their quality of life. There is currently no cure for restless leg syndrome, but there are treatments available that can help lessen the symptoms. In many cases, this includes changes to your diet, exercise habits and sleep routine. As with narcolepsy, a good mattress can also play a role in alleviating symptoms, regardless of the treatment that’s chosen.
Many of us have nightmares, but night terrors are an entirely different category that refers to episodes of extreme fear and panic that occur during sleep. These episodes can cause people to scream, sit up in bed or even run around the house. They often last for a few minutes, but can seem like much longer to the person experiencing them.
Night terrors are relatively rare, affecting only around 3% of adults. However, they are a bit more common in children.
Those who experience consistent night terrors should speak to their doctor about potential remedies. These may include changes to sleep habits, medication prescriptions, or a change to your mattress — there are some cases where mattress firmness or comfort are the primary reason for the night terrors.
When it comes to common sleep disorders, sleepwalking is one of the most well-known. This refers to when people get up and wander around during deep sleep, often performing mundane tasks like getting dressed or making food in the middle of the night. It’s estimated that around 15% of adults have sleepwalked at some point in their lives.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for sleepwalking, as the causes can vary quite a bit from person to person. However, there are some things that may help reduce the occurrence of sleepwalking episodes. This includes improving your sleep habits, avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed and ensuring your bedroom is dark and quiet. As with other sleep disorders, a good mattress can also play a role in reducing symptoms.
For more on the various sleep disorders out there and how your mattress selection may help you combat all of them, or to learn about any of our quality mattresses, speak to the pros at 2 Brothers Mattress today.