You toss and turn. You wrap the blankets around yourself - but you're overheated within minutes, and are forced to throw them off again. You close your eyes and count thousands of imaginary sheep. But no matter how hard you try, no matter how much you attempt to relax and simply drift away, it does not happen. The hours of the night tick away as sleep seems further and more impossible to achieve than ever.

If any part of this sounds even the slightest bit familiar to you, you might have experienced or be currently suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is a terrible condition which affects hundreds of thousands of people all around the world every year. Scientists and doctors have experimented and tested for years, struggling to find a cure which will help those affected finally achieve easy, effortless, restful sleep.

Unfortunately, even today, there is no one perfect cure for insomnia. If you do suffer from regular insomnia, we recommend consulting a doctor or sleep-focused professional. However, we can recommend one tool to help significantly increase your chances of achieving a restful night's sleep: one of Brand Name's signature natural latex mattresses.

The idea that something as simple as a mattress can help potentially cure insomnia might seem rather farfetched. However, natural latex in fact possesses a large number of beneficial properties which promote long nights of healthy, uninterrupted sleep.

​Understanding Insomnia

Before we get into explaining all the ways in which latex mattresses can help those who suffer from insomnia, it's important to first explore in a little greater detail just what insomnia is.  While it may seem simple on the surface, there are in fact a wide variety of different types of insomnia which affect people in many different ways.

In general, insomnia is defined as "a difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep". Some insomniacs lay awake all night without ever dozing off, while others fall asleep easily but find themselves waking up every couple of minutes due to the slightest noise, feeling of discomfort or other distraction. Still other insomniacs may feel as though they are getting enough sleep, but mysteriously wake up exhausted every single morning, feeling as though they had not truly slept at all. This is in fact a symptom of a less common but very real type of insomnia, in which a person wakes up several times over the course of the night for periods so brief that they cannot remember it in the morning.

Typically, insomnia can be classified one of three ways. In the paragraph above, we already explained how different cases of insomnia can be separated from one another based on the symptoms which the sufferer experiences. However, insomnia can also be broken down into narrow categories in two other ways: more specifically, it can be either acute or chronic, and either primary or secondary.

The distinction between acute insomnia and chronic insomnia lies in the period of time during which symptoms are experienced. Acute insomnia is short-term - you might have difficulty sleeping for a few days or a few weeks. Acute insomnia can be triggered by anything from allergies to jet lag to moving to a new house or even buying a new bed. In particular, acute insomnia often arises due to stress in your daily life or surrounding environment. For example, many people, even the most frequent of travelers, experience acute insomnia while staying at a hotel due to the mere presence of an unfamiliar bed with a different mattress, pillow and blankets than the one they are used to.

In some cases, acute insomnia may resolve itself on its own or go away if the source of the problem is addressed. Your jet lag will fade, allergy season will end or you will simply become used to your new bed, mattress or pillow. However, in some cases, what started out as mere acute insomnia will continue and worsen until it becomes something which you experience every night for an extended period of time. Such long term difficulty falling or staying asleep is referred to as chronic insomnia.

Chronic insomnia is extended and long-term in nature, but that does not mean that it necessarily has to occur every single night. Typically, doctors consider a patient to be suffering from chronic insomnia if they experience difficulty falling or staying asleep at least 3 nights out of every week. Chronic insomnia can occur randomly or without cause, and can materialize at any point in a person's life. However, scientists currently believe that older and especially elderly individuals are more likely to experience chronic insomnia. Some cases of chronic insomnia do in fact have a underlying cause such as depression, allergies, stress, or unhealthy sleeping habits (discussed in more detail later in this article).

The final way to categorize cases of insomnia is by dividing them into primary and secondary. Primary insomnia refers to a situation in which difficulty sleeping is itself the major problem and concern. This type of insomnia is not caused by any underlying medical condition, although it may be triggered or made worse by a stressful or uncomfortable sleeping environment. While there are some medications which may be able to lessen the severity of primary insomnia, the number one recommended treatment is typically the creation of healthy sleep habits - including purchasing a more comfortable and sleep-friendly mattress.

Secondary insomnia is the opposite of primary - it is insomnia which manifests as a side effect or symptom of a larger medical condition. There are numerous illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions which can have insomnia as a side effect. However, some of the conditions most frequently tied to insomnia include: anxiety, depression, asthma, certain types of cancer, and chronic pain especially in the back, hips, or shoulders (areas which usually experience pressure when a person is lying down and trying to sleep).

Unlike primary insomnia, the best cure for a case of secondary insomnia is to treat the underlying medical condition itself. Usually, when the medical problem is handled, the insomnia symptoms too will vanish. However, in the case of persistent and difficult to treat situations such as cancer, depression or chronic pain, doctors will still recommend that patients focus on developing healthy sleeping habits and creating a positive sleep environment through temperature, air quality, light quality, and, of course, a comfortable mattress.

​Sleep Habits to Fight Insomnia

We mentioned the words "healthy sleep habits" more than a few times in the sections above. But that's a pretty vague term, isn't it? What exactly IS a "healthy sleeping habit," and how does it differ from an unhealthy one? Luckily, this guide has an entire section dedicated to discussing your sleep habits and how to develop ones less likely to trigger insomnia!

First off, it's important to note that the "perfect sleep environment" is going to be at least slightly different for every single person. For example, one person might prefer total darkness and silence, while another might only be able to drift off if their room contains a night light and a constantly running white noise machine. Some sleepers like to be wrapped in several blankets, while some prefer a sheet or nothing at all. And that's not even getting into air temperature, the presence or absence of a rotating fan, and any number of other factors which can contribute to a person's ability or inability to sleep.

However, there are a few common tips which are generally considered to be effective ways to get a better night's sleep. We find that these helpful hints are useful whether you love or hate blankets, need or can't stand white noise, or prefer a frigid bedroom or a boiling hot one:

  • ​Stick to a consistent schedule. To the best of your ability, try to go to sleep and wake up at around the same time every day. We get it, this isn't the happiest advice - just like you, we would rather sleep in every weekend. However, consistency like this will help your body associate certain times of the day with "sleep" and "wakefulness" and make the transition between the two more easily. If you have difficulty waking up or getting out of bed, this might require setting an alarm - or several! - to help you establish the habit
  • Indulge yourself in some pre-sleep relaxation. Try some relaxing activities before you go to bed. Have a nice warm bath or shower. Listen to relaxing music - we recommend classical! - or nature sounds. Drink a hot cup of chamomile or sleepy time tea, or try out some yoga or meditation. In general, choose activities which will tell your body "It's time to wind down and relax!"
  • While you pursue relaxing activities, you should also make sure to avoid ones which will stimulate you both physically or mentally. Avoid strenuous exercise for 3-4 hours before bedtime - yoga or light stretches are fine, but late evening isn't the best time for your daily run or a heart-pumping weightlifting session. Keep baths and showers warm, as cold water makes us more alert rather than less. Stay away from eating or drinking anything containing caffeine, as this will "wake up" your brain rather than sending it to sleep.
  • Avoid digital gadgets both before bed and in your bedroom. Yes, we know - this is the number one most quoted piece of advice when it comes to getting better sleep. You've probably heard it at least a million times before, especially if you suffer or have suffered from insomnia. However, this particular tip has become so popular because it works. The bright lights from our phones, laptops, handheld video game systems and more tells our brains it's time to wake up and be active, not go to sleep. Even having a lit-up phone charging next to your bed can be bad, so invest in a traditional alarm clock instead of having your smartphone pull double duty!
  • Exercise daily. This will help you expend any excess energy and will make sure that you are good and tired when it's time to head to bed. However, we recommend scheduling that exercise in the morning or early afternoon, rather than right before bed. A good run or energetic gym session will leave your heart pumping and your body filled with energy - it usually takes at least an hour for our bodies to "crash" and begin to feel tired after a workout. So make a consistent schedule and stick to it, but keep it early!
  • Don't take daytime naps. It may be tempting to lay your head down and catch a few "Zs" after a long day of work - or even right in the middle of one! While naps can sometimes be beneficial or helpful, doctors recommend that insomniacs avoid them until they have gotten back into a regular sleeping cycle. Naps have the unfortunate side effect of having you less tired at the end of the day, making it even harder than normal for you to fall asleep. So pick a bedtime and stick to it - no matter how tempting that sneaky little nap might seen!
  • Create your ideal, comfortable sleeping environment - starting with your bed. Of course, you will never be able to get to sleep or stay asleep if your mattress is too hard or you don't have the right number of blankets. So start with the bed, and pick out one that is both comfortable and supportive to help yourself get the best night's sleep possible. So why don't you get started by picking out a nice, comfortable mattress? Our extensive Brand Name catalog - found here - has a ton of amazing options to choose from!

We get it - that's a lot of tips, and it might seem impossible to begin implementing every single one of them at once. So why don't we start by helping you design your perfect, ideal, comfortable sleeping environment - with one of Sleep on Latex's soft yet supportive, high quality latex mattresses?

​Why are Latex Mattresses Good for Insomniacs?

We know - there are tons of mattress materials out there available for purchase. From traditional box springs to modern memory foam to innovative latex, your options are practically endless. We've written up comparisons featuring our all-natural latex competing against memory foam (here) and box springs (here). However, neither of those informative guides addressed the most important question - are latex mattresses recommended for suffers of insomnia?

Luckily, doctors, scientists and sleep experts around the world all give the exact same answer: YES, they absolutely are! Sleep studies have proven that natural latex mattresses are the best option to help sufferers of insomnia. Whether primary or secondary, chronic or acute, you will begin to feel your sleep troubles practically melt away while lying on top of our one of a kind latex mattresses!

But just what is it about latex that makes it so perfect for sufferers of insomnia? The reasons are practically uncountable, but we've listed just a few of our favorites below:

First off, natural latex is extremely breathable. This means that it does not trap air (or moisture!) within the fibers or between the layers of the mattress. Instead, air is allowed to circulate throughout your bedroom, regulating your temperature and keeping you pleasantly cool throughout the night. Non-breathable mattresses, such as wool, polyurethane and even synthetic latex, trap hot air and moisture inside them and cause you to sweat and overheat throughout the night - a thoroughly uncomfortable and unpleasant phenomenon commonly referred to as "sleep hot". Even for those who prefer a warmer bedroom environment, overheating during the night is an undesirable experience that can make staying asleep harder as well as encouraging the body to toss, turn and fidget in search of that elusive comfortable temperature.

In addition, natural latex provides that perfect blend of comfort and support that other mattress materials are still hopelessly struggling to locate. Our mattresses are cloud-soft, allowing you to drift off to sleep in the comfortable embrace of pillowy latex. However, they also able to maintain that softness without sacrificing the slightest amount of support. Unlike lighter foams, which just cause your body to "sink" into their stifling depths, natural latex "cushions" your limbs and joints, providing the perfect amount of support.

This support is what makes latex mattresses so highly recommended for sufferers of chronic pain in the hips, shoulders, back, joints or other areas of the body.  Secondary insomnia, which is caused by an underlying issue often including pain, can be treated in an especially effective manner via sleeping on a latex mattress. Your spine will be in proper alignment, weight will be evenly distributed throughout your body, and important areas such as the hips, neck and lower back will be receiving every bit of support that they need. Even side sleepers, who run the greatest risk of experiencing distracting nightly pain due to the pressure placed on the hips and shoulders, will be able to easily drift off into dreamland atop a Brand Name creation.

Lastly, natural latex mattresses possess the ability to resist a number of irritants which can lead to a decrease in sleep quality. In the wild, natural latex - a thick, sticky, milky white sap - plays a defensive role in the life cycle of the rubber tree. It protects the tree from attacks by insects, mites, bacteria, diseases, mold, mildew and all other dangers of the natural world. (If you're interested in learning more about the awesome role of latex in the wild and how the rubber tree is safely and harmlessly tapped, head over to our informative article found here!)

So what does this mean for all of us sleepers and our latex mattresses? Your mattress will stay clean and safe from invasion even after years and years of regular use. Insects can itch and cause rashes, mildew can decrease the air quality and make breathing difficult - so why not remove any worry whatsoever and choose a naturally strong, naturally safe latex mattress?

Of course, this is also excellent news for anyone suffering from mold, dust mite or other similar allergies. The presence of allergens in your bedroom can often be difficult to detect, as dust mites are microscopic and even mold can stealthily grow for weeks before being noticed. However, even if you cannot see them, the allergens can affect your ability to sleep by causing your nose to run, your throat to fill with phlegm, or any number of other uncomfortable, unpleasant side effects.

Our natural latex mattresses are hypoallergenic, so they are safe even for those who suffer from latex allergies. Yes, you heard us right! Allergy sufferers will be able to seek out the best sleep of their life without having to worry about an untimely, annoyingly persistent reaction. (If you have a latex allergy which is classified as "severe" and are concerned about purchasing one of our mattresses, we encourage you to contact a doctor or allergy specialist to seek out a professional opinion. At this time, none of the Brand Name staff members are medical professionals capable of giving expert opinions) .

So what does all this really mean? Simply put, latex mattresses work harder than any other material currently on the market to create a comfortable, healthy, ideal sleeping experience. No matter the source or cause of your insomnia, a one of a kind Brand Name mattress is guaranteed to help you achieve the nights full of deep, relaxing, refreshing sleep which you truly deserve.

​Can Latex Mattresses Help Other Sleep Issues Too?

Insomnia might be the most well known, common and frequently talked about sleep issue, but it is far from the only one affecting people in today's world. There are a variety of uncomfortable, irritating or even downright painful sleep issues which can affect a person's ability to rest properly at night. And us folks here at Brand Name are pleased to report that our latex mattresses have been proven to be effective in combating each and every one!

To provide just one common example, sleep apnea refers to a condition in which a the muscles of a person's tongue and soft palate relax too much while asleep. This causes a temporary collapse of their upper respiratory tract, which in turn obstructs or stops their ability to breathe. (In fact, the name of this condition, "apnea," comes from Latin and literally means "without breath".) This difficulty breathing usually causes a person to wake up, often several times per night, and may additionally cause them to develop a fear of going to sleep.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition which is usually treated through a combination of sleep aids, medication and possibly even surgery in some severe cases. While sleeping on a latex mattress may not be able to cure sleep apnea entirely, it provides greater support for the neck and respiratory system which often alleviates symptoms. In addition, the support it provides to muscles and joints allow apnea sufferers to sleep in positions recommended by their doctors, such as on the side.

Another condition, narcolepsy, is caused by a significant imbalance in a person's natural cycle of sleep and waking. A sufferer of narcolepsy will become extremely tired and possibly fall asleep at random points throughout the day - and as a result, may experience insomnia-like symptoms of being unable to fall or stay asleep at night. Curing narcolepsy often involves behavioral therapy, and doctors recommend creating a comfortable sleeping environment in order to encourage quickly falling asleep and staying asleep for longer periods of time. As we discussed in the previous section, there is nothing better for creating this perfect sleeping environment than a comfortable, hypoallergenic, nontoxic natural latex mattress!

So insomnia sufferers - or sleep apnea sufferers, or narcolepsy sufferers - why wait? Restful, uninterrupted sleep is in reach - and purchasing a Brand Name natural latex mattress will help you reach it! So don't toss and turn and lie awake one night longer than you have to. Head over to our catalog here and browse our amazing range of products to find the perfect mattress for you!

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