Category: sleep and insomnia

The Best Mattress for an Adjustable Bed Does More Than Just Improve Your Sleep 0

The Best Mattress for an Adjustable Bed Does More Than Just Improve Your Sleep

Adjustable beds have quickly risen in popularity due to the many health benefits they provide and can now be found in the homes of thousands of sleepers. An adjustable bed allows you to sleep at an incline that matches your comfort preference and sleeping position; in the process, it may also help alleviate a number of health concerns. For those seeking sleep benefits, however, it’s not enough to just have an adjustable bed frame. It’s crucial to pair it with the right mattress. The best mattress for an adjustable bed provides both sleep and health benefits, but how do you know which is the ideal fit for you? 

Michael Breus, Ph.D., board-certified sleep specialist known as The Sleep Doctor has partnered with the team at Mattress Advisor to recommend top-rated options, backed by expert testing. At the Mattress Advisor lab in North Carolina, the team has tested hundreds of bed-in-a-box mattresses to find the 10 best mattresses for adjustable beds. Explore these options and more below, along with some guidelines that describe how to pick the

Experiencing Menopause or Perimenopause and Can’t Sleep? 0

Experiencing Menopause or Perimenopause and Can’t Sleep?

New Research Shows Mental Health May Be the Problem

From broken sleep cycles to night sweats and even excessive sleep if you or someone you know is going through menopause, you know how uncomfortable symptoms can lead to a lack of sleep.

But what if I told you that one of the most popular treatments–hormone replacement therapy–may not be the most effective for improving your sleep?

I’ll tell you why addressing mental health issues, with the help of a few natural remedies, may be the solution so many are ignoring–and how you can treat your menopause symptoms and sleep better tonight.

Isn’t hormone replacement therapy the best treatment for my sleep and menopause problems?

Hormone replacement therapy and other medications all have some promise for treating nagging symptoms of menopause, but not without risks.

Previous research suggested that hormone replacement therapy, especially estrogen replacement, helps women fall asleep faster, decreases night time awakenings, and improves sleep quality.

But hormone replacement therapy also has been shown to act as an antidepressant by interacting with serotonin in the brain.

What’s the

Here Are 10 of the Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers in 2020 0

Here Are 10 of the Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers in 2020

If you’ve been struggling to find the best mattress for stomach sleepers, you’re not alone. Stomach sleepers are a rare breed—which makes finding the ideal mattress all the more challenging. In fact, they’re the fewest in number out of all the other sleeper types. But despite being the smallest sized group around, they face the largest pushback from healthcare professionals and sleep experts when it comes to their preferred sleeping position. That’s because, as noted by the Cleveland Clinic, sleeping on your stomach places extra strain on your neck and spine.

“I think we can all agree, stomach sleepers have the most challenges with both back and neck strain and eventual pain,” says Michael Breus, Ph.D board-certified sleep specialist known as The Sleep Doctor. “I encourage stomach sleepers to change positions, but it can be extremely difficult to break that habit—I can barely do it myself—so we try to find solutions with mattresses and pillows that allow them to stay in their preferred position.”

The wrong mattress—no matter how well designed it may be for multiple sleeping positions—will …

What’s the Best Mattress for Heavy People? 0

What’s the Best Mattress for Heavy People?

Every body type needs a mattress that offers them support and comfort. The best mattress for heavy people, or sleepers who are taller, over 200 pounds, or just have a bigger frame, will be built to support extra weight. And being a heavier sleeper doesn’t necessarily mean overweight, because people come in all shapes and sizes.

Because there is a variety of body types, there’s also a variety of mattresses to choose from. There are a few factors that are crucial in a sleeper’s search for the best mattress for heavy people. One major consideration is durability—it’s important for heavier sleepers to find a mattress that is sturdy enough to support their weight and offer the comfort they need for many years to come. And, plus-sized sleepers depend on pressure-relieving mattresses to evenly distribute their weight and keep the strain off sensitive joints.

“The support structure of the mattress, known as the mattress type, is critical for someone over 200lbs to get their spine aligned,” says Michael Breus, Ph.D, board-certified sleep specialist known as The Sleep Doctor. “The

The Real Reason You Have Brain Fog (And How to Get Rid of It) 0

The Real Reason You Have Brain Fog (And How to Get Rid of It)

Brain fog. We’ve all had it–I know I certainly have. It goes beyond typical fatigue after a little lack of sleep or a long day.

This week, i’ll tell you the number one reason why you may be experiencing brain fog, other possible causes, and how to get rid of brain fog once and for all.

What are the symptoms of brain fog?

You Have a Hard time Concentrating

The hallmark symptom of brain fog is general difficulty concentrating. Whether it’s a task for work or even following a conversation, you may find it more difficult to focus, recall, or concentrate. .

You’re Disorganized

Constantly forgetting where you placed your car keys? Having to check several times what day it is? That could be brain fog. Of course, it’s important to rule out cognitive disorders, if you are concerned that might be the case, consult your physician. , You’re Always Exhausted

This goes behind excessive daytime sleepiness. Chronic fatigue is something you experience emotionally and physically. No matter how much sleep you get, you just can’t get excited about …

Let The Sleep Doctor Help You Find the Best Latex Mattress for Your Sleep Needs 0

Let The Sleep Doctor Help You Find the Best Latex Mattress for Your Sleep Needs

While latex is still a newcomer to the mattress scene, latex beds have quickly become one of the most sought-after mattress types. The best latex mattresses offer pressure relief, spine alignment, and gentle contouring for a comfortable night’s rest—plus eco-friendly benefits you can feel good about. But how exactly do you decide which latex mattress in a box is the right pick for you?

Michael Breus, Ph.D, board-certified sleep specialist known as The Sleep Doctor has partnered with the team at Mattress Advisor to round up some of the top options you should consider based on testing conducted in the Mattress Advisor lab in North Carolina. 

Here are 7 of the best latex beds, plus helpful guidelines for how to pick the best mattress to suit your sleeping position, comfort preferences, and budget.

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5 Things to Add to Your Morning Routine if You’re using Cannabis for Sleep (or for Anything Else) 0

5 Things to Add to Your Morning Routine if You’re using Cannabis for Sleep (or for Anything Else)

These days people are using cannabis for all sorts of reasons, including for sleep. With recreational cannabis legal in 11 US states—with more likely to follow soon—millions of people are free to consume cannabis for pleasure, similar to the way we consume alcohol. (I wrote recently about the differences in how alcohol and cannabis affect sleep.) People are also using cannabis therapeutically, both with a prescription and on their own. Cannabis and its individual active components are increasingly being used as a complemental therapy in the treatment of health conditions such as cancer, and to relieve pain and regulate mood. And there’s a lot of interest in cannabis as a sleep tool. Research has shown there’s promise in cannabis as one therapy for insomnia and sleep apnea, and other sleep problems.

As with any substance and supplement, information and thoughtful use are key to getting the most benefit from cannabis while minimizing any potential side effects. It’s important to understand how cannabis works in the body and how to choose the type of cannabis (and the delivery method) that’s …

5 Delicious Fall Foods To Help You Sleep 0

5 Delicious Fall Foods To Help You Sleep

Fall is finally here, and with it several changes that can disrupt sleep patterns, from daylight savings time to changes in weather, and, of course, school, work and holidays. But Fall is also the perfect time to reset your sleep schedule, improve energy levels, and add certain foods to help fight your insomnia.

If you’re struggling to sleep through the night, and you’ve tried tweaks like optimizing your sleep environment, consider this your Fall guide to foods fighting your insomnia. Even better, you’ll get the energy reset you need to tackle the upcoming holiday season!

What Causes Seasonal Insomnia?

If you find yourself taking longer to fall asleep or waking up at night as the seasons change, you’re not alone.

While studies have suggested that sleep cycle disruption peaks in February, even the transition from Summer to Autumn can mean a disrupted sleep schedule, lower energy levels, and all around feeling miserable.

It’s not all in your head: seasonal insomnia happens to many of us. Fall is the best time to become aware of those sleep disturbances and …

I Have A Hastens Bed. Here’s Why It’s Worth The Cost And More 0

I Have A Hastens Bed. Here’s Why It’s Worth The Cost And More

I received a Hastens Bed as partial payment from Hastens to train their staff on the science of sleep and to assist their VIP clients.

When I tell you my bed costs $30,000, I know what you’re thinking: $30,000 on a mattress? 

That’s what I originally thought, too. Even as someone who’s spent their life researching sleep, I’d always assumed that spending around two to four thousand was all anyone would ever need to spend to get a better nights’ sleep. And for some, that’s true.

But when I tried Hastens sleep system, all of my previous ideas about bedding, support, comfort, and stability changed. But before you write off a luxury price point the way I did, let me share with you my journey to trying out the Hastens sleep system, my six week trial, and what I learned about sleep, support, and even box springs. 

Searching For The Best Mattress

I’ve always known that, when it comes to the best mattresses, to a certain point, you get what you pay for. Buy a mattress that costs well

What’s the Best Affordable Mattress for You? Shop Smart with the Sleep Doctor 0

What’s the Best Affordable Mattress for You? Shop Smart with the Sleep Doctor

How much would you be willing to pay for a really good night’s sleep? It’s not a rhetorical question. Actually, it’s the question that all mattress shoppers must face as they look to ditch their old mattress and replace it with something supportive, comfortable and new. Today’s mattress companies offer beds ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and shoppers can sometimes struggle to ensure they’ve chosen the best affordable mattress for their sleep needs.

If you’re searching for a new mattress that doesn’t break the bank, you’re in luck: Several bed-in-a-box brands offer their products for disruptively low price points, but without any compromise to important factors like motion isolation, edge support, durability or pressure relief

But, with so many inexpensive options out there, how do you discern between them? Not to worry—the Sleep Doctor’s already done the work for you. Michael Breus, Ph.D (aka, the Sleep Doctor) partnered with the expert review team at Mattress Advisor to round up the 10 best affordable mattresses. With their combined expertise, we’ve selected a few