3 Things That Could Be Keeping You Up At Night

HEALTH  |  July 10, 2017
  • Problem: You have a restless partner. You’re zonked from running after the kids and all you want is to get in some serious zzz’s, but your partner thrashes around in bed and steals the blankets.
    1 / 3 Problem: You have a restless partner. You’re zonked from running after the kids and all you want is to get in some serious zzz’s, but your partner thrashes around in bed and steals the blankets.

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    Solution: If your partner tends to fret about the next day’s to-dos before bed, stash a notepad on the bedside table to help him gather his thoughts or plan out tasks that pop up while in bed. Also, suggest cutting out caffeine in the afternoon or evening, and consider getting separate blankets.

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  • Problem: You’re pregnant or have joint pain, and can’t sleep comfortably.
    2 / 3 Problem: You’re pregnant or have joint pain, and can’t sleep comfortably.

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    Solution: If finding a comfy position to sleep in is an ongoing challenge or maybe you’re struggling to deal with that niggling backache that creeps up each night. Mums-to-be are recommended to sleep on their left side to make things easier on the circulatory system. Not used to it? Prop pillows where you feel you need the most support – including putting one between your knees.

    If it’s general joint pain that’s bringing you down, try applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel or cloth for 15 to 20 minutes a day on the affected area.

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  • Problem: Your mattress sucks.
    3 / 3 Problem: Your mattress sucks.

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    Solution: Experts say that a mattress that is too hard to too soft can cause discomfort, including numbness, aches and pains, and excessive tossing and turning. If old, it may also carry dust mites which can trigger allergies.

    Why not try zipping a slipcover around your mattress and pillows to prevent mites from entering them, and vacuum your mattress regularly. Consider replacing your mattress every five to 10 years, but before you buy a new one, lie down for at least five minutes on both your back and side to get a feel of the mattress when you’re trying models out in the store.

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