Sleep is one of those things we tend not to think too much about–until we’re not sleeping well. There are a lot of things that can contribute to sleep disturbances. Eating a heavy meal before going to bed, consuming alcohol or caffeine can all contribute to acid reflux and sleepless nights. As people age, they tend to need less sleep. That could be a byproduct of becoming less active and more sedentary as the years go by.
If you consistently wake with a headache, it could be due to sleep apnea and the fact that you aren’t getting enough oxygen. Snoring is another sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has been linked to sudden cardiac death, high blood pressure and liver problems, and risks of cancer and stroke.
If you’re having sleep disturbances, keep your partner awake snoring, wake up with a headache or irritated throat and sinuses from snoring, feel tired and sleepy throughout the day, you may want to get a sleep study done. You’ll be a new person when you start getting a good night’s sleep. And incidentally, research validates that massage has been shown to help improve sleep.