This post was sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Have you ever struggled to fall asleep? Or maybe you toss and turn in the middle of the night? How about feeling tired even after you’ve slept for hours? I think we have all felt at least one (if not all) of these occasionally. However, most of us don’t deal with it on a daily basis. Luckily!
My sleep issue experience
I’ve had periods of time in my life where I struggled with insomnia. It felt like sleep would never come. I was up at all hours of the night and felt drained all of the time. It was usually associated with a stressful situation and would resolve itself when the situation was resolved. I found ways to recognize it is happening and do stress-relieving activities to nip it in the bud.
A few years ago I had to deal with a different type of sleep situation with my husband, Dan. He felt tired all of the time and couldn’t figure out why. He would get plenty of sleep and even took naps on the weekends if needed. It was during one of these naps is when I first noticed the issue. I always knew he was a snorer, but I didn’t realize that he would stop breathing while snoring. I remember sitting there thinking he’s going to start breathing again, right? I started counting and would get to at least 20 before he would start breathing again. This is when we knew he had to see his doctor about it.
Dan was referred to a sleep specialist and had an overnight study done to assess the situation. Turns out he had severe sleep apnea. He had numerous times where he would stop breathing for a minute and the longest time was 78 seconds. That was SCARY! Ever since his diagnosis, he has used a CPAP machine. After he got used to the machine, he loves it. He wakes up refreshed and doesn’t drag through the day anymore.
Why am I telling you this?
I know somebody reading this is wondering if they have a severe issue with their sleep and may be wondering if they should see a doctor. If you want to get more information and make an informed decision, I would like to recommend some resources from the National Sleep Foundation.
Sleep.org has a wealth of information about sleep health: how we sleep and the factors that impact it. It covers the 4 main categories that make up your sleep health: science, your bedroom environment, your lifestyle, and your age. Definitely take a look at this site to see what may be keeping you from getting the best sleep possible.
Beyond Tired is a site with information for people with insomnia. If you are one of those people who can’t fall asleep or you toss and turn, you are not alone. Take a look at this site to see how others are dealing with insomnia. Read some true stories from people who may be just like you!
These 2 sites are great resources that can help you decide whether your issue is severe enough to see a doctor, and what you should tell her when you visit.
National Sleep Foundation Giveaway
After you’ve checked out those sites, make sure to come back and enter this awesome giveaway from the National Sleep Foundation.
- Prizes: Five (5) $100 Amazon e-gift cards and one (1) Grand Prize $250 Amazon e-gift card
- Dates: October 25 – November 23, 2016
I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (6 winners).
Do you or your spouse have issues with sleep? I’d love if you shared your story!