One-third of people in the UK are said to experience insomnia at some point in their lives.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that can make it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep or lead to a person struggling to get back to sleep after waking. The disorder can lead to fatigue and tiredness, whilst also impacting your daily routine and quality of life.
- Trouble falling asleep at night
- Frequently waking up during the night
- Waking up too early
- Not feeling well-rested after a night's sleep
- Daytime tiredness or sleepiness
- Irritability, depression or anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating, focusing on tasks or memory
- Ongoing worries about sleep
At Opera, we’re committed to finding the best beds for those who may suffer from insomnia. Our electric adjustable beds make it easier to find a comfortable sleeping position, which will help you to fall asleep quicker. Unlike normal beds, our quality adjustable beds offer a variety of different positions by having back and leg-rest adjustments. This makes it much easier to find a comfier position, which can reduce the amount you wake up during the night.
In this guide, you can learn more about our wide range of adjustable electric beds. They come complete with smart technology designed for quality sleep.
What causes insomnia?
There are many different causes of insomnia which can vary between lifestyle habits, stress or medical conditions that can disrupt sleep. These include:
- Being stressed or anxious - Stressful events or chronic anxiety can make it difficult to relax and fall asleep.
- Medical conditions - Chronic pain, asthma, parkinson's disease, hyperthyroidism, and other medical conditions can disrupt sleep.
- Medications - Some medications (including antidepressants, steroids, and medications for asthma or high blood pressure), can cause insomnia as a side effect when taken.
- Other sleep disorders - If you or your loved one suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome or narcolepsy, you may develop insomnia.
- Poor lifestyle habits - Irregular sleep patterns, napping and excessive caffeine or alcohol intake can contribute to insomnia.
- Sleeping environment - Loud noise, light exposure and temperature are all factors that can disrupt sleep and contribute to insomnia.
If you've been suffering from insomnia, you should consider consulting with your GP or a health care professional to find the root cause of the issue.
Who is likely to get insomnia.
Whilst insomnia can affect anyone, there are some people that are more likely to suffer from the disorder.
People aged over 60 are more susceptible to insomnia in comparison to younger adults.
This does not necessarily mean that insomnia is a common result of aging, however our sleep quality tends to worsen as we age. Studies show that from middle age, the average person loses 27 minutes of sleep each night for each subsequent decade.
At Opera, our team has a wealth of experience helping people struggling to sleep by finding the best solution for their needs. Discover how we can help you or your loved one today by getting in touch with our helpful team.
How to get better sleep if you have insomnia.
Depending on the severity of you or your loved one’s insomnia, you may be able to treat it at home.
Making small changes to your bedtime routine can help you to sleep better with insomnia. These include going to bed at a regular time, exercising daily and making sure your bedroom is dark and quiet. However, it’s important to make sure that your bed and mattress are comfortable to give you the best chance of falling asleep.
You should also consider speaking to your GP or health care professional for more advice about sleeping with insomnia.
A comfortable bed is essential for a good night's sleep.
As mentioned previously, insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects a person’s quality of life. Sleeping in a bed that properly supports your body helps alleviate discomfort and makes it easier for people with insomnia to fall asleep.
Insomnia sufferers often experience broken sleep caused by tossing and turning during the night. An Opera adjustable bed helps reduce sleep disturbances and enhances sleep quality due to its advanced smart technology:
- Anti-Snore Mode – This function is ideal for insomnia sufferers who are disturbed by snoring or have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea. All Opera electric adjustable beds have anti-snore included as standard, which gently lifts the head up to open the airways whilst sleeping
- Zero-gravity Mode – If you or your loved one experiences discomfort during the night, the zero-gravity function helps provide ultimate comfort for great sleep. Zero-gravity mode replicates the feeling of weightlessness that astronauts in space experience, applying no pressure to the body. You can learn more about the benefits of zero gravity here.
- Back-rest adjustment features – Adjustable beds can help with sleep disorders such as insomnia by providing a range of comfortable positions. If you experience pain or discomfort in your back, hips or the upper body (such as your neck and shoulders), an adjustable bed base may help alleviate your symptoms. Adjustable beds provide postural support which is kinder to your back. Raising the backrest helps to align your spine and supports the natural curve in the lower back. These beds also help to reduce chronic pain in these areas and increase maximum comfort.
- An elevating Leg-Rest – If you have insomnia that is linked to chronic pain or health conditions in the lower body, sleeping in an elevated position can help. Our adjustable beds have an elevating leg rest which makes it easy to sleep with them in a raised position. There are plenty of benefits to sleeping in an elevated position. It can relax the body and help you to unwind before going to sleep, as well as helping with Insomnia. You'll also be able to find a more comfortable position to sleep in.
At Opera, our collection of electric beds is designed to make life easier for you or your loved one. If you'd like any further advice, you can read our helpful guides or get in touch by calling 0333 222 8584
Sleeping on a good-quality mattress helps with insomnia.
A poor mattress can lead to discomfort and bad sleep quality, which makes it more difficult to fall asleep. The type of mattress you use impacts how well you sleep, therefore it’s essential that you buy the right one to help achieve a better night’s sleep.
What you find comfortable depends on how firm you like your mattress. Our wide range of comfortable mattresses varies in terms of firmness and filling, so you are sure to find one that suits you.
If you regularly toss and turn during the night which keeps you awake, it’s best to choose a comfortable mattress that has less motion transfer. Typically, mattresses with multiple foam layers such as memory foam mattresses can help restless sleepers.
We provide a 10-night home trial service across any of our mattresses, so you can see if your new mattress is suitable for your needs. Read more about our trial service here.
Create a restful environment to help with sleep.
A calming and comfortable sleep environment can help reduce stress and anxiety, which are common triggers for insomnia. Studies show that even blue light exposure before bed from smartphones and computers can interfere with sleep quality, which can impact insomnia sufferers further.
To try and get a good night’s sleep, be sure to reduce your phone or tablet activity before bed. Optimising your bedroom environment can also help those with sleep disorders and insomnia. This includes setting the right temperature, reducing external noise and minimising artificial lighting. Creating a relaxing sleep environment can make it easier to fall asleep and unwind for someone with insomnia.
Where to get help with insomnia
If you are experiencing troubles with your sleep and have made changes at home, your local GP or doctor will be able to advise you further. There are also support groups and associations based around sleep struggles that can help those living with insomnia or chronic sleep disorders.
Some organisations which can support you or your loved one with sleep issues are:
- The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association – They provide information and support for people who are affected by snoring and sleep apnoea.
- The Sleep Charity – The Sleep Charity provides useful advice and support on how to sleep better with a national sleep helpline.
- Narcolepsy UK – This is an organisation that supports people living with narcolepsy, their families, caregivers and others interested in how to improve their lives with the condition.
How Opera can support you or your loved one with insomnia or other sleep disorders.
Rated as 4.9/5 ‘Excellent’ by our customers on Trustpilot, we have a wealth of experience helping customers looking to enhance their comfort and quality of sleep. Our team of dedicated advisors can provide tailored solutions to suit your needs, by asking a series of questions in a consultation call.
We have a wide range of mattresses and beds available that can help you manage your insomnia, as well as any other health conditions you might have.