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For some, it’s very obvious that you’re getting a rubbish night’s sleep. You can feel it in yourself. But what if you were so used to having a bad night’s sleep that it felt normal to you? A massive third of all Brits suffer from a sleeping disorder and some of us don’t even realise that we have one!

We spend a staggering £58 million every year buying over the counter sleeping aids to help us drift off at night and a massive 16 million of us need prescription medication to get us to sleep every night. True, we all find it difficult to get to sleep from time to time, but how can you tell if you are suffering from a sleeping disorder?  Well here are just some of the warning signs that you should be paying attention to:

Here's How the Experts Tell if You're Getting a Good Night's Sleep1: Waking Up Feeling Tired

For some, getting to sleep is the issue, but if you’re getting 8 hours of sleep a night and STILL waking up feeling groggy and sleepy, then this is definitely a problem. You should be waking up feeling alert and refreshed, so if you’re not it’s a sign that something is preventing either your body or you brain from getting into deep, restoring level of sleep.

2: Snoring

Snoring can often be something of a joke between families or partners, but it’s also a serious annoyance that can stop others from getting to sleep. However, it’s also a worry for the person who is snoring. True, snoring can be harmless but if you do snore it’s sensible to get it checked out. Your snoring might actually be a sign of sleep apnoea, which is when your airways actually close when you’re sleeping and stop you breathing.

3: You Need a Nap During the Day

If you think you’re getting a good night’s sleep but still find yourself needing a nap or that your eyes are drooping at work, then it’s likely that whatever sleep you are getting isn’t at a high enough quality for your body. If this is the case, you need to look at improving your sleep at night.

4: You Have Trouble Getting to Sleep

Yes, occasionally we all have trouble sleeping - usually due to stress or bringing our work home with us – but if you’ve been struggling nearly every day for a month or more then it’s likely that you have a disorder like insomnia. This could be taking as long as 30 minutes to get to sleep at night and, if you wake up, taking 40 or more minutes to get back to sleep. At this point you should visit your doctor as you may need therapy or medication to help you out.

5: Another Disorder is Masking Your Sleep Disorder

Many think that just because they have another disorder like chronic pain, depression or restless leg syndrome, it means that you should just accept a bad night’s sleep as a side effect. If you are having a bad night’s sleep on top of another condition, you should speak to your doctor about it as maybe the medication is interfering with your sleep and this may be able to be changed.

So, that's how the experts tell if you're getting a good night's sleep. But what about the bed experts; Would they have any advice? Well clearly if your mattress is under performing it will affect your sleep. But when is the time to venture out to make that all-important purchase?

Here's How the Experts Tell if You're Getting a Good Night's SleepWe often talk about the bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test), but in reality, your body will tell you whether it’s time to replace your bed. If you feel you are being cheated of sleep because your mattress is uncomfortable, it’s time to buy.

You can do a tremendous amount of research online, but nothing beats visiting a showroom and trying. It’s something we would recommend all our customers to do. If you live in the South-East, why not visit our showroom at Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0AD. We are the bed experts and boast a showroom filled with the top brands. And we don’t just sell beds and mattresses. We’ve got metal bed frames, wooden bed frames, headboards, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, duvets and pillows.

If you’re looking for a sumptuous feeling bed, look no further than the Hypnos Serenade Supreme or the Hypnos Alto Pillow Top. These are both extremely comfortable beds and come with a 10-year guarantee. This is a real endorsement that when you buy Hypnos, you are buying quality.

Not quite sure what you want?  The Relyon Royal Bath Pocket 2000 and the Royal Edinburgh Pocket 1400 both come in a choice of three different tensions – soft, medium and firm. Added to that they are available on either a padded top base for a more supportive feel or a sprung edge base for additional comfort.

Perhaps something a little firmer? The Hypnos New Orthocare collection is a range of 4 beds. Each one is available in a firm or extra firm tension. This no turn collection is an absolutely winner. And if you buy a double (135cm) or bigger each side of the mattress can be made with a different tension at no extra cost.

Maybe a bit softer. The Slumberland Bronze Seal is a monster of a mattress that you just sink into. The special blend of wool, silk and cashmere upholstery provides a perfect sleeping environment.

This is just a taster of what we have in store. If you’d like further information on any of the products we sell, do call us on 01273 857388.

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