Insomnia is one of the most common disorders that can affect your sleep cycle. There are many different types of insomnia, and insomnia has many symptoms, and it affects more than 3 millions people per year in the United States alone.
This means that over 3 million people in the United States have reported that they struggle with sleeping in some way. This number does not account for the citizens who do not seek help with their insomnia.
Because of this, and because many of these statistics have increased dramatically over the last few years, many studies of treatments, technologies, and materials to help with such sleep disorders as insomnia have become more and more commonplace.
1. Noise Reducer
For many people, trying to get in bed and completely shut down is difficult because as things get quiet, sounds that usually go unnoticed become loud and distracting.
For those people, a noise reducer or white noise machine is the perfect solution. There are many different models available that have many different functions, but the purpose of a white noise maker is to create a constant, unidentifiable sound that drowns out the other sounds that may disturb your sleep such as snoring, cars, and trains.
2. Adjustable Beds
There are some new technologies on the market for couples who can’t quite see eye to eye about how a bed should feel, or even for people who just occasionally like to switch off from a firm mattress to a soft one.
Adjustable beds allow just that. With the push of a button, you don’t have to flip around for hours trying to find a comfortable position. It’s also helpful if you’re an athlete or have a job that requires a lot of physical labor. If you’re injured or just feeling a little sore when you’re headed to bed, it’s easy to shift the mattress to elevate an injured ankle or give a little more support around your neck. Many companies, like lull, offer these types of beds.
3. Sleep Masks
Crazy as this may sound, something as simple as a sleep mask may be the answer to your sleeping problems.
If you’re someone who is very sensitive to light or just needs to sleep in a completely dark room, but you can’t seem to get it dark enough, try sleeping with a mask on. Without being as expensive as blackout curtains, a sleep mask completely cuts off all light and helps you get to sleep and stay asleep.
Many companies are developing scents that can be sprayed in bedrooms and on pillows that help people relax and go to sleep easier. For many, these sprays and scents are very effective. Often, scents that are known for being calming and relaxing such as lavender are used. These kinds of products may also come in bath and shower products as well as candles.
However, these sprays and scents are not for everyone, and also must be used in moderation. For some, aromatherapy gives them energy and causes them to have even more problems falling asleep. In addition, using too much of a certain spray may be overpowering and cause your senses to be disrupted. Too powerful of a scent may also cause things like migraines, which could prevent sleep altogether.
5. Binaural Beats
Binaural beats are a series of different sound waves that help your brain waves transfer from fully asleep to fully awake and vice versa. It’s as simple as listening to these sounds as you go to sleep as well as when you’re waking up.
Using this practice can be as simple as downloading an app. Many companies are developing their own apps to help with sleepless nights. These different apps boast things like sleeping timers, alarms, and even white noise compatibility.
6. Magnetic Mattresses
Although this practice is far from proven by doctors and isn’t held in high regard as a treatment that is effective for all people, there are many individuals who suffer from insomnia for a multitude of reasons and swear by using a magnetic mattress.
In addition to helping with insomnia that cannot be identified as caused by one certain thing, mattress pads that include magnet technology are suspected of helping with insomnia caused by joint pain and muscle soreness as well.
7. Herbal Pillows
Herbal pillows are very much the same as using aromatherapy spray on your pillows, although they can sometimes be more natural and, therefore, more effective.
While sprays for pillows usually include adding in scents for better smells and colors, herbal pillows are more likely to be completely organic and derived directly from the plant they’re named after, which is often lavender.
Kate Stefanski, a freelance writer and proressional student, enjoys sharing tips and insight into a good night’s rest. If you woud like to learn more about Kate, you can check out her google+ profile.