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4 Medical Conditions That Disturb Sleep

4 Medical Conditions That Disturb Sleep

Are you one of the many people who find themselves struggling to get to sleep or stay asleep? Recent research suggests that there are health conditions that could be the root of your sleep struggles.

Sleep troubles could be caused by one or more health conditions including asthma and heartburn. Below is a list of the most common causes of sleep disturbances. 

Musculoskeletal Disorders: Arthritis and Fibromyalgia pain can make falling asleep very difficult. Arthritis and Fibromyalgia suffers often need to change positions throughout the night to stay comfortable, interrupting sleep.

Cardiovascular Disease: Coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure have been linked to sleep problems. These conditions can cause extra fluid to accumulate around the lungs when lying down causing periodic sleep interruptions throughout the night. A helpful tip: use extra pillows to help elevate the upper body

Asthma: Asthma suffers often battle with sleep disturbances due to breathing difficulties like coughing and wheezing. Asthma symptoms can worsen at night due to increased exposure to allergens; cooling of the airways; and being in a reclining position.  A helpful tip: be sure to enclose your mattress in a protector to help stop the accumulation of allergens like mold and dust mites.

Heartburn or GERD: Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease causes acidic juices from the stomach to flow back into the esophagus. This can cause irritation and a burning sensation which makes it difficult to fall and stay asleep. Actually, lying down worsens the condition. A helpful tip:  Try avoiding coffee, alcohol and large meals in the evening; as well as elevating the upper body with either pillows or an adjustable bed.

A common suggestion to help alleviate sleep disturbances caused by many medical conditions is to elevate either the upper or lower body. This can be done with the help of an adjustable base for your bed. One of the primary benefits of an adjustable sleep system is that it allows for ergonomically correct positioning which allows for natural curvature of the spine during sleep. By promoting a healthy posture during sleep, many of the discomforts and problems that inhibit deep, restful sleep can be avoided.

Disclaimer: The content provided on this website is intended for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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