Though most people have heard of narcolepsy, few of them actually understand what the condition is and how it can affect your life.

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects about 1 in 2,000 people in the United States, or about 200,000 Americans.

This condition can have a significant and sometimes dangerous impact on the sufferer’s daily life and, unfortunately, only about 25% of those who have the condition are receiving treatment for it.

When people think of narcolepsy, they think of a person suddenly and uncontrollably falling asleep in the middle of an activity.

While this is one of the more serious symptoms of the condition, narcolepsy more commonly causes excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, and even hallucinations.

Narcolepsy can occur at any age and, because many of its symptoms are shared with other conditions, it can be difficult to diagnose.

In this article, we’ll delve deeper into the subject of narcolepsy to explore what it is, its symptoms, and what causes it. We’ll also talk about how the condition is diagnosed and what treatment options are available.

What is Narcolepsy?

What is Narcolepsy

The sleep/wake cycle is a predictable daily pattern that determines when your body is ready to sleep and when it is awake and alert.

For most people, the ideal sleep/wake cycle includes an average of 7 to 9 hours of sleep (usually at night) followed by 15 to 17 hours of daytime wakefulness. The sleep/wake cycle is also known as your circadian rhythm.

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects your brain’s ability to control the sleep/wake cycle. Many people who suffer from narcolepsy feel rested upon waking but become progressively sleepier during the day.

For some individuals, excessive daytime sleepiness interferes with daily activity, and they may even fall asleep suddenly and unwillingly in the middle of an activity.

People with narcolepsy also frequently experience interrupted or uneven sleep during the night.

During a normal sleep cycle, the brain enters the rapid eye movement (REM) stage about 60 to 90 minutes after you fall asleep.

It is during this stage that you experience dreams, but your brain typically keeps the muscles limp to prevent you from acting out your dreams.

People who have narcolepsy may enter REM sleep more quickly, just 15 minutes after falling asleep.

They may also experience the dream activity and muscle weakness characteristic of REM sleep while they are awake, or they may not experience these things while asleep.

Though narcolepsy may not be a life-threatening condition, it can interfere with the individual’s social, psychological, and social function – it can even affect development in children and may inhibit school, work, and social activity.

What Are the Symptoms of Narcolepsy?

What Are the Symptoms of Narcolepsy

Anyone can develop narcolepsy, and it affects men and women equally. The most common age of onset is between 7 and 25, though it can occur at any stage of life.

At any given time, it is estimated that between 135,000 and 200,000 people have narcolepsy, but due to the difficulty with which this condition is diagnosed, the number could be much higher.

People with narcolepsy are often misdiagnosed with other sleep disorders or psychiatric conditions before an accurate diagnosis is made.

Narcolepsy is a lifelong condition that can be treated and managed, but it is unlikely that your symptoms will ever disappear entirely. Fortunately, this is not a condition that tends to worsen over time.

The primary symptom associated with narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness.

This symptom is characterized by a persistent feeling of tiredness or sleepiness, regardless of how much sleep you got the night before.

Unlike normal sleepiness, the kind of sleepiness seen in narcolepsy is more similar to a sleep attack – an overwhelming sense of sleepiness that comes on suddenly and strongly.

Between sleep attacks, you may eminence normal levels of alertness.

All people who suffer from narcolepsy experience extreme daytime sleepiness, but only 10% to 25% experience all of the other symptoms characteristic of the disease.

These include the following:

  • Cataplexy – This is a sudden loss of muscle tone which leads to weakness and a loss of voluntary muscle control. Cataplexy can be triggered by sudden and strong emotions such as fear, anger, laughter, stress, or excitement and attacks range from mild to severe. In mild cases, you may experience only a momentary sense of mild weakness (such as drooping of the eyelids) while severe attacks may result in total body collapse. Symptoms of cataplexy typically develop months or years after the onset of excessive daytime sleepiness and attacks may occur as seldom as once or twice a lifetime or as often as several times a day. In 10% of narcolepsy cases, cataplexy is the first symptom which often leads to misdiagnosis as a seizure disorder.
  • Sleep Paralysis – This is the temporary inability to speak or move while falling asleep or waking up. Sleep paralysis usually only lasts for a few seconds, but it can last for up to several minutes – it is very similar to the inhibition of voluntary muscle activity you experience during REM sleep. This symptom is similar to cataplexy, but it typically occurs at the edges of sleep. In both cases, the patient remains fully conscious and, even when symptoms are severe, they do not result in any permanent dysfunction. Once the episode passes, people typically recover quickly.
  • Changes in REM Sleep – The REM stage of sleep is when most dreams occur but, in people with narcolepsy, REM sleep can occur at any time of day. People with narcolepsy often enter REM sleep much more quickly than the average person, within 15 minutes rather than 60 to 90 minutes after falling asleep.
  • Hallucinations – People with narcolepsy may experience hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations. The former occur as you fall asleep and the latter upon waking. Hallucinations may be mild, such as a feeling that there is a stranger in the bedroom but can also be vivid and frightening if they occur when you are not fully asleep, and you experience dreams as reality.
  • Insomnia – Though people with narcolepsy often feel excessively tired during the day, they may still have trouble falling or staying asleep at night. Their sleep might be disrupted by vivid dreams, sleep apnea, acting out dreams, or periodic limb movement.
  • Automatic Behaviors – Some individuals with narcolepsy experience temporary sleep episodes lasting no more than a few seconds. If you fall asleep during an activity (such as talking or eating), the activity automatically continues without the individual having any consciousness of what they are doing. This happens most often when the individual is not actively engaged in the activity. Additionally, they may not recall their actions upon waking and performance is frequently impaired. People typically awake from these episodes feeling refreshed.

There are two types of narcolepsy categorized by their symptoms. Type 1 narcolepsy is narcolepsy that occurs with cataplexy and diagnosis is based on low levels of hypocretin in the brain.

Type 2 narcolepsy is narcolepsy that occurs without cataplexy and is characterized by severe daytime sleepiness without muscle weakness triggered by extreme emotion.

There is also a condition called secondary narcolepsy which can be caused by injury to the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates sleep.

People with narcolepsy may have other sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, or restless legs syndrome.

Some people also experience automatic behavior that occurs during familiar activities (such as typing or driving) and then do not remember the activity upon waking.

What Causes Narcolepsy?

What Causes Narcolepsy

The causes of narcolepsy are poorly understood, but there are several factors which have been seen to contribute to the disorder. In cases of narcolepsy that involve cataplexy, the individual almost always has very low levels of a naturally occurring brain chemical called hypocretin which regulates REM sleep and promotes wakefulness.

People with type 2 narcolepsy usually have normal hypocretin levels.

Some of the factors that may work in combination to cause or trigger narcolepsy include the following:

  • Genetics – In most cases, narcolepsy is sporadic – this simply means that it occurs in individuals with no family history. There are instances, however, of clusters occurring in families – about 10% of individuals diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy have close relatives with the condition.
  • Brain Injury – In rare cases, narcolepsy is caused by traumatic injury to the part of the brain that regulates REM sleep and wakefulness. It can also result from tumors or other diseases affecting the same area of the brain, the hypothalamus.
  • Autoimmune Disorder – Low levels of hypocretin are a known cause for narcolepsy with cataplexy and abnormalities in the immune system may be related. Autoimmune diseases cause damage to the body when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues. In the cases of narcolepsy, researchers believe that the immune system attacks hypocretin-containing brain cells due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors.

In addition to the causes listed above, there are a few factors which may increase your risk for narcolepsy – age and family history.

Narcolepsy typically manifests between the ages of 10 and 30 years old and, if you have a family member with the disorder, your risk is 20 to 40 times higher.

There is also a correlation between narcolepsy and obesity, though it seems that people with narcolepsy are more likely to be overweight than for obesity to be a causative factor for the condition.

Though narcolepsy is fairly common, it is a condition that frequently goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed as another disorder. In fact, public misunderstanding of the condition is one of the biggest complications of narcolepsy.

Symptoms of narcolepsy may interfere with your performance at work or in school which could cause problems with the way your coworkers, superiors, and peers view you.

Narcolepsy can also interfere with intimate relationships since intense emotions such as anger or joy have been known to trigger episodes of narcolepsy.

How is Narcolepsy Diagnosed?

How is narcolepsy Diagnosed

Because the symptoms of narcolepsy are easily confused with other disorders, the condition frequently goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In fact, the average time between the onset of symptoms and accurate diagnosis is seven years. According to a recent study, nearly 50% of patients with narcolepsy were originally misdiagnosed with conditions such as depression, insomnia, and obstructive sleep apnea.

In order to make a narcolepsy diagnosis, your doctor will perform a clinical exam and gather a detailed medical history.

You’ll need to provide information about your symptoms including their onset and frequency, and you may be required to complete a sleep journal to track your sleep habits and symptoms over a period of one to two weeks.

A physical exam may also be required to rule out other neurological conditions, and you may also need specialized tests such as the following:

  • Polysomnogram (PSG) – Also known as a sleep study, a polysomnogram is an overnight recording of your brain activity, muscle movements, breathing, and eye movements. It can help determine at what stage of the sleep cycle REM sleep occurs and whether your symptoms might be attributed to another sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) – This test is used to assess your level of daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep and whether you enter REM sleep. On the day following a PSG, you’ll be asked to take five short naps spaced two hours apart throughout the day. If you fall asleep in 8 minutes or less on average, it indicates excessive daytime sleepiness. If you enter REM sleep within 15 minutes during at least two of those naps and in the sleep study, there is a very high likelihood that you have narcolepsy.
  • Hypocretin Levels – In some cases, your doctor may actually want to measure your hypocretin levels by drawing a sample of cerebrospinal fluid through a lumbar puncture. In the absence of any other medical condition, low hypocretin levels are a strong indicator for type 1 narcolepsy.

If you experience cataplexy, obtaining a diagnosis of narcolepsy may be a little more straightforward since it is a symptom specific to narcolepsy and occurs in almost no other diseases.

What Are the Treatment Options for Narcolepsy?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for narcolepsy, but there are medical treatments and lifestyle changes which can help with the management of symptoms.

In cases where cataplexy is present, however, the loss of hypocretin is thought to be irreversible, though the cataplexy can be controlled with medication in most individuals.

Here is an overview of the treatment options available for narcolepsy:

  • Modafinil – A central nervous system stimulant, modafinil is often effective in treating daytime sleepiness and improving alertness with fewer side effects and a lower risk of addiction than older stimulants.
  • Stimulants – Amphetamine-like stimulants may be an alternative treatment in patients for whom modafinil is ineffective. These drugs may help alleviate excessive daytime sleepiness, but there is a risk for side effects such as nervousness, irritability, shakiness, changes in heart rhythm, and nighttime sleep disruption. There is also a high risk for dependence and abuse.
  • Antidepressants – Tricyclic and SSRI antidepressants have been proven effective in controlling cataplexy in many narcolepsy patients. Potential side effects include impotence, hypertension, and heart rhythm irregularities.
  • Sodium Oxybate – Also known as gamma hydroxybutyrate or GHB, this medication has been FDA-approved for the treatment of cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness in narcolepsy patients. It is a very strong sedative that is taken twice at night.
  • Lifestyle Changes – Certain lifestyle changes may help you maintain a more consistent state of alertness during the day and should accompany any medical treatment. Such changes may include taking short naps during the day, keeping to a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed, exercising daily, avoiding nicotine, relaxing before bed, and avoiding large or heavy meals right before bedtime.

In addition to taking medications and employing certain lifestyle changes, people with narcolepsy should also take certain safety precautions, particularly when driving.

If you have untreated symptoms, you have a higher risk of being involved in a car accident. Both excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy come with a risk of serious injury or even death if left untreated.

Even activities that are normally safe (like walking down the stairs) can become dangerous if you suddenly fall asleep or lose muscle control.

Though living with narcolepsy can be challenging, there are ways to manage the condition and the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations such as modified work schedules and mid-shift naps.

Children and adolescents may also be able to work with school teachers and administrators to accommodate their needs.

Narcolepsy is an incurable condition that has the potential to affect your daily life as well as your safety.

If you experience extreme daytime sleepiness or other symptoms, don’t delay in talking to your doctor. Receiving an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward treating and controlling your symptoms for improved quality of life.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, clinical diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your personal physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

About Kate Barrington Kate Barrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Kate also holds a certificate in fitness nutrition and enjoys writing about health and wellness topics including sleep hygiene, natural remedies, and sleep disorders. In addition to her work as a ghostwriter and author, Kate is also a blogger for a number of holistic health companies and writes product reviews about mattresses and other sleep solutions.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Once you completely fall asleep, you are unlikely to be aware of any involuntary movements your body makes.

During that interim period between waking and sleep, however, you may notice twitches or jerky movements – sometimes violent enough to wake yourself up.

Movements like these are generally nothing to worry about, but if they continue during sleep, particularly if they persist throughout the night, it could be a condition known as periodic limb movement disorder.

Periodic limb movement disorder is the only movement disorder that happens during sleep which is why it is characterized as a sleep disorder as well.

This condition is very common in patients who have other sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy, though the exact prevalence is unknown.

In this article, we’ll go in-depth on the subject of periodic limb movement disorder.

You’ll learn what it is, what symptoms it presents with, and what causes it.

We’ll also explore the methods for diagnosis as well as available treatment options.

What is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

What is Periodic Limb Movement

Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is both a movement disorder and a sleep disorder.

This condition is characterized by periodic jerking, twitching, or flexing of the muscles and limbs during sleep.

It occurs most frequently during periods of non-REM sleep such as when you are falling asleep.

These movements are typically observed in the lower limbs such as the knees, hips, and ankles, but some people experience them in the arms as well.

When it comes to the movements themselves, they tend to be fairly rhythmic, occurring every 20 to 40 seconds.

The frequency and severity of these periodic movements varies from one person to another, however, and can also vary from one night to the next.

In most cases, people with PLMD are unaware that they have the condition – it is usually a bed partner who notices it.

Some people with PLMD do, however, wake themselves during the night which can result in daytime fatigue or sleepiness.

Periodic limb movement disorder is sometimes confused with restless leg syndrome (RLS), though there are some key differences.

Restless leg syndrome is a condition in which the patient experiences an uncontrollable urge to move, often accompanied by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs.

Symptoms of RLS tend to worsen in the evening and during periods of rest but can be relieved with activity.

The primary difference between PLMD and RLS is that symptoms of periodic limb movement disorder only occur when the patient is asleep, and RLS occurs when the patient is awake.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

Because the movements associated with periodic limb movement disorder typically happen during sleep, the patient is often unaware of them.

In most cases, it is a bed partner or family member who notices the symptoms and points them out to the patient.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of PLMD:

  • Periodic limb movements during sleep
  • Twitching, jerky, or flexing the muscles and limbs
  • Movements lasting for about 2 seconds
  • Rhythmic quality, occurring every 20 to 40 seconds
  • Movements typically affecting the lower limbs

If you do not have a bed partner to notice these symptoms for you, there are other signs which may indicate a sleep disorder such as PLMD.

For example, if the severity of your periodic movements is such that you wake up several times a night, you may feel fatigued or sleepy during the day.

If it happens often, you might feel as though you are never fully rested, even after a full night of sleep.

When it comes to the movements themselves, there are a few qualities that identify them as symptoms of PLMD. First and foremost, the movements typically affect the lower limbs including the hips, knees, and ankles, though some patients experience movements in the arms as well.

In most case, the major joints at the knees, ankles, and big toes are seen to bend during movement. The movements themselves may vary from a slight twitch to wild thrashing, though they only last about 2 seconds on average.

What Causes Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

When it comes to the causes of periodic limb movement disorder, it is important to differentiate between the two types of the disorder – primary PLMD and secondary PLMD.

The exact cause of primary periodic limb movement disorder is unknown, but research suggests that it may have something to do with nerve regulation.

Some suggest that it may have to do with abnormalities in the regulation of nerves conducting signals between the brain and the limbs, though the exact nature of this abnormality has not been determined.

Primary PLMD is not considered a medically serious condition, though it can lead to certain complications.

About 80% of people with restless leg syndrome also experience PLMD but, otherwise, the condition is fairly uncommon.

Secondary periodic limb movement disorder is typically linked to the use of certain medications or an underlying medical condition. The following conditions have been linked to secondary PLMD:

  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Iron deficiency
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • REM behavior disorder
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sleep-related eating disorder
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Uremia

In addition to these medical conditions, symptoms of periodic limb movement disorder can be triggered by the use of certain medications.

Included on the list are certain types of antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-nausea medications, and antipsychotics.

Some people also experience symptoms of PLMD when withdrawing from sedatives like diazepam.

Certain factors may increase your risk for periodic limb movement disorder. For example, as many as 34% of adults over the age of 60 have PLMD, so age is a major risk factor.

This condition occurs equally in women and men, though RLS is twice as frequent in women than men. Having another sleep disorder like RLS, REM Sleep behavior disorder or narcolepsy may increase your risk as can low levels of iron in the brain.

People with neurological disorders may be at-risk as well.

Though there is some evidence to suggest a link between PLMD and the conditions listed above, this condition has been far less extensively studied than other sleep disorders like RLS.

It is known that PLMD can occur at any age and that the risk increases with age. Other than that, however, the exact prevalence is unknown, and it does not appear to be related to gender.

How is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Diagnosed?

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Diagnosed

Diagnosing periodic limb movement disorder can be tricky because, in most cases, the patient is not aware of symptoms.

It is often when the patient’s bed partner or family member identifies the symptoms that the patient is able to connect them with other symptoms such as daytime fatigue and sleepiness.

Even when those symptoms are present, however, the condition can still be misdiagnosed as restless leg syndrome or another sleep disorder.

The key to diagnosing periodic limb movement disorder is to have a good understanding of your symptoms before you visit your doctor.

Your doctor will need to ask detailed questions about your symptoms and your sleep habits to determine the underlying problem.

Taking into account details such as your family history, your medical history, and your sleep habits, your doctor might be able to make a diagnosis but, in many cases, you’ll need to undergo a physical exam and potentially a sleep study.

A polysomnogram is a sleep study conducted in a lab. During this study, you’ll be hooked up to monitors to measure your breathing, movement, and various bioelectrical signals such as heartbeat and brain waves during sleep.

This test will help rule out other sleep disorders and confirm a diagnosis of PLMD.

After your diagnosis of PLMD is confirmed, you may still need other tests to determine whether it is primary or secondary PLMD and, if it is secondary, to identify the underlying condition.

Some of the additional labs and diagnostic tests that may be required to identify the underlying cause of secondary periodic limb movement disorder include blood tests, urinalysis, and more.

Blood tests will check for iron levels to identify anemia or other deficiencies as well as infections that could be a contributing factor.

Other tests may help identify problems with thyroid function, kidney problems, or medications that could be causing your PLMD.

What Are the Treatment Options for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

Treatment Options for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

There is no known cure for primary periodic limb movement disorder because the underlying cause is unknown.

Even in cases of secondary PLMD where treatment helps improve symptoms, the condition may not be fully cured.

In fact, if the movements do not significantly disturb the patient or a bed partner, treatment may not be necessary at all.

In cases of secondary PLMD, treatment typically involves resolving the underlying condition.

Once your doctor confirms a diagnosis, he will be able to recommend a course of treatment.

Treatment may involve medications, nutritional supplements, or other therapies, depending on the condition.

In addition to treating the underlying condition responsible for your periodic limb movement disorder, certain dietary and lifestyle changes may also be beneficial.

For example, avoiding food and beverages that contain caffeine can be very beneficial because things like coffee, soda, tea, and even chocolate can exacerbate PLMD symptoms and disrupt your sleep.

Taking antidepressants and other medications can also worsen PLMD, so talk to your doctor about adjusting your dosage or switching to another medication if you suspect that may be the issue.

In severe cases of PLMD, medications are available for treatment.

These drugs usually work by either reducing limb movements or helping the patient sleep through them. Some of the drugs used to treat periodic limb movement disorder include the following:

  • Anticonvulsant Agents – These medications work by reducing muscle contractions.
  • Benzodiazepines – This type of medication has a sedative effect which may help PLMD patients sleep through symptoms. There is a risk for addiction, however, so be careful.
  • Dopaminergic Agents – Often the first line of drug treatment for periodic limb movement disorder, dopaminergic agents work by increasing dopamine levels in the brain which helps with the regulation of smooth muscle movements.
  • GABA Agonists – This type of medication inhibits the release of certain brain chemicals and, in doing so, help to control muscle contractions.

Once you start a course of treatment, your doctor will want to see you back for a follow-up visit to see if the treatment is helping.

If you’re not aware of your own symptoms, you may need a bed partner or family member to observe you to report on any improvement or worsening of symptoms.

Your doctor will also want to follow up on any underlying conditions for which you are being treated.

Primary periodic limb movement disorder is a chronic sleep disorder which may not be curable, but it can be managed with proper treatment.

Secondary PLMD, however, can often be resolved by treating the underlying medical condition. In either case, the outlook for patients with PLMD is good, and there are options for coping with and managing symptoms.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, clinical diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your personal physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

About Kate Barrington Kate Barrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Kate also holds a certificate in fitness nutrition and enjoys writing about health and wellness topics including sleep hygiene, natural remedies, and sleep disorders. In addition to her work as a ghostwriter and author, Kate is also a blogger for a number of holistic health companies and writes product reviews about mattresses and other sleep solutions.


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Cool bed sheets are a staple during the summertime, and can enhance the quality of sleep you get during those hot months!

Not only are cool bed sheets great for the warmer part of the year, but they’re perfect for those hot sleepers that wake up in night sweats or have interruptive sleep because they overheat throughout the night.

Qualities of Cooling Bed Sheets

Cooler bed sheets have a couple of qualities in common that may help on your search for a cooler sleep at night.

  • Fabric: While looking for the best cooling bed sheets, most bed sheets are either made of bamboo (rayon) or microfiber. Lately microfiber bed sheets are increasing popularity, but they’re especially known for their moisture-wicking properties, which is great for those night sweaters. Bamboo sheets are also known for their silk-like feels cool to touch, and their breathability.
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The Nectar Bed Sheet Set

THE NECTAR BED SHEET SET

Nectar’s bed sheets are made with certified organic cotton. With a soft, silky feel and a luxury-hotel inspired satin finish, these sheets are ultra-breathable so hot air wicks away from your body all night long.  The single-ply 300-thread count construction helps to prevent wrinkles.

Every set of Nectar sheets comes with a luxury bottom fitted sheet, a luxury flat top sheet, and two luxury pillowcases. These sheets are available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes.

Pros:

  • Ultra-soft feel
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  • Cool, breathable, lofty weave
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  • Priced a little higher than some other brands
  • Only available in white

Linenwalas Ultimate Luxury Bamboo Sheets

If you’re looking for a set of luxury sheets, you’ve found them. These high-quality sheets are made of 100% natural rayon derived from bamboo.

They have a thread count of 300, and a sateen weave, which will keep you cool during the upcoming summer nights!

These sheets are breathable, and naturally moisture wicking, making them 3 degrees cooler than cotton sheets.

These sheets are on the thinner side, making them great for keeping down the temperature as well, and they resist pilling.

They also come in a rayon fabric bag with a fitting bed sheet, 1 flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases. It’s recommended to wash in cold water, as hot water increases the chance of pilling, and to dry on low heat. To avoid wrinkles, remove immediately from the dryer.

Pros:

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  • 3 degrees cooler than cotton sheets
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Cons:

  • Wrinkle easily
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Utopia Bed Sheet Set

Do you sweat in your sleep? These Utopia Microfiber bed sheets are moisture resistant, so they won’t keep in the smell of your sweat.

This printed brushed sheet set has added softness due to its brushed microfiber yarns.

Extremely breathable, these sheets are great cooling bed sheets if you don’t want to break the bank. To get the best results from your microfiber sheets, wash them before using, as they get softer with each wash!

Not only are these sheets extremely comfortable, but they’re wrinkle resistant and hypo-allergenic.

This 4-piece set comes with a flat sheet with a 4-inch self-hem, a fitted sheet fitting mattresses up to 15 inches, and 2 pillowcases. These sheets are machine washable on easy care, and tumble dry low or air dry. If you like the dainty pattern of these sheets, there are also curtains and a comforter set that matches!

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CGK Unlimited Hotel Luxury Bed Sheets

What are some of the best cooling bed sheets? Microfiber sheets. While most are looking for the comfort of cotton with a high thread count, you can save half the money and buy brushed microfiber sheets.

These hotel luxury bed sheets are made of double brushed microfiber yarns, meaning both sides of the sheets are made with a silky soft texture.

Perfect for the summer months when the heat can interrupt sleep, these sheets are made to be breathable and cool.

This set comes with 2 pillow cases, a flat sheet, and a fitted sheet with deep pockets, fitting mattresses up to 16 inches.

With 6 color options, you can even find the best color to compliment your summer décor! Not only are these sheets inexpensive, but there’s a bulk discount if you decide to buy more than 1 set.

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Cons:

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Cariloha Classic Bamboo Sheets

Looking for a cool bed sheet set for summer that is also eco-friendly? You’ve found them! These Cariloha sheets are made from luxurious viscose from bamboo, making them incredibly soft and great for the environment.

Not only are these sheets naturally breathable and moisture-wicking, but they are made out of twill weave, making them extremely soft to the touch. These sheets naturally repel odors allergens, and do not cause skin irritations like other chemically treated fabrics.

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PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats Sheet Set

Calling all hot sleepers! Just as the product name suggests, these sheets are made for those that sweat at night, and have a hard time sleeping due to the hot temperature.

These sheets are made with breathable SMART fabric that has moisture-wicking management. This material is made with athletic grade, and allows air flow while regulating cool as well as warm body temperatures.

That’s right! Not only are these sheets great for hot sleepers, but they keep cool sleepers staying warm with its thermal control qualities.

While these sheets are an investment, you can feel the quality through their sturdiness. Not only are they soft from the start, but these sheets will only get softer with each wash. Also included with your purchase, is a 1 year warranty.

Pros:

  • Amazing customer service
  • Extremely soft sheets
  • Reduce night sweats
  • Durable sheets

Cons:

  • Can stick to body while sleeping
  • Pricey
  • Some have pilling issue

Mellanni Egyptian Cotton Striped Bed Sheet Set

This Egyptian Cotton sheet set is a steal. With a 450 thread count and a sateen weave, these sheets are made of high quality without having to pay a hefty price tag.

The sateen weave gives the sheets a feeling of luxury rather than the cozy feeling of flannel. While these sheets may be too hot for some during the summer, they’re great sheets for cooler months if you tend to sleep hot.

These 100% cotton sheets even have a lifetime guarantee, allowing customers to receive money back if these sheets are not fully satisfying.

Included is 2 pillow cases, 1 flat sheet, and 1 fitted sheet fitting mattresses up to 16 inches. It is recommended to machine wash cold on a gentle cycle, and tumble dry low.

Pros:

  • Great quality material
  • Luxurious feel
  • Become softer after washing
  • Nice stripe detailing
  • Stay cool

Cons:

  • May be not very soft before couple washings
  • May run smaller than normal

Why Invest in Cool bed Sheets?

  • They’re a simple fix if you’re having trouble sleeping because you’re waking up hot. While some mattresses do tend to retain heat, like memory foam mattresses, buying a bed sheet set is a much quicker fix to your problem. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper.
  • If you’re not a hot sleeper, these sheets are great for the summertime. No one wants to be sleeping in flannel sheets during the summer. These sheets will be thinner, and cooler on your skin, allowing you to enjoy the summer heat outside and not while you’re trying to fall asleep.
  • Flexibility for your sleeping experience. Bed sheets are the clothes for your mattress, and just like we have different clothes for different occasions, seasons, and purposes, so does your mattress! Sheets can even differ in just style and appearance.

Final Thoughts

The hassle of waking up overheating during the night is finally over! Don’t settle on sheets that constantly have you waking up in sweat.

You deserve to have a restful night’s sleep without the worry of soiling your bed, and there are sheets that can easily solve this. Cooler bed sheets tend to be thinner, are usually made out of microfiber or bamboo, and have a silky or sateen texture to them.

Don’t look far for a cooler night’s sleep, there are plenty of options of cool bed sheets to make sure you’re getting the best sleep you can possibly get. Happy sleeping!

About Kelsey Woodbridge Kelsey is a lover of anything comfy, especially her bed. In fact, you will most likely find her in her bed drafting a new article, watching New Girl, or just lounging in fuzzy socks.

Everyone has those days when you feel overworked and overtired. Perhaps you woke up before your alarm and couldn’t fall back asleep, or maybe you went to bed late after a night out with friends.

Though cases of occasional fatigue normally have an identifiable cause, chronic fatigue is a near-constant state of weariness that doesn’t seem to go away no matter how much rest you get.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 3 Americans reports that they do not get enough sleep.

Sleep deprivation can cause daytime sleepiness and may affect your ability to concentrate in the short-term, but the fatigue that lasts for days on end can actually have a negative impact on your health, both mental and physical.

In this article, we’ll explore the topic of fatigue in greater depth to determine exactly what it is and what causes it.

We’ll also review the symptoms of fatigue and discuss how it can be diagnosed and treated.

What is Fatigue?

What is Fatigue

After getting a good night’s rest, most people wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day.

For others, however, the morning always seems to come too soon, and you don’t feel rested no matter how long you slept.

Each day becomes more difficult to face when you spend the entire day feeling weary, tired, and out of sorts.

Fatigue is not a disease or a sleep condition, but it is a symptom of many sleep disorders.

It is a lingering feeling of tiredness that is constant or near-constant and may have a negative impact on your ability to fulfill daily tasks.

With fatigue, you may experience persistent, unexplained, and recurrent episodes of exhaustion – it is similar to the exhaustion you feel when you have missed a lot of sleep or when you are sick with the flu and simply can’t seem to muster the energy to get through the day.

The difference between being tired and fatigue is that fatigue is not relieved by rest.

It is a state of constant weariness that develops over time and drains your motivation, your energy, and your concentration. Chronic and severe fatigue can affect your performance at work, in school, and even in your home life.

It can also have an impact on your emotional and psychological well-being.

What Are the Symptoms of Fatigue?

Symptoms of Fatigue

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommends 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night for adults over the age of 18.

If you don’t get enough sleep for even one night, you could experience the effects of sleep deprivation.

What many people do not realize is that fatigue can happen even when you’ve gotten the recommended amount of sleep. Here are some of the symptoms of fatigue:

  • A chronic feeling of tiredness or sleepiness
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Sore or aching muscles
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Impaired judgment and decision-making
  • Changing moods, such as irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Impaired immune system function
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • Hallucinations or psychosis
  • Difficulty paying attention to the task at hand
  • Low level of motivation

Fatigue manifests in different ways in different people, often dependent on the underlying cause for the fatigue. To better understand the different causes of fatigue and their impact, let’s talk about the three different types of fatigue:

  1. Physical Fatigue
  2. Mental Fatigue
  3. Metabolic Fatigue

Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these three types of fatigue in greater detail.

  1. Physical Fatigue

This is the kind of fatigue in which your body feels too heavy to move.

Your muscles feel weak, your movements slow, and you feel as if you’re moving in slow motion.

With this type of fatigue, you may feel physically incapable of performing daily tasks.

You might experience this type of fatigue if you pushed your body to its physical limits by working too hard, for too long, or at an unsustainable pace.

You do not have an endless supply of energy, and if you don’t get restful sleep to recharge, you’ll end up feeling fatigued and tired, both physically and mentally.

  1. Mental Fatigue

With this type of fatigue, you may find it difficult to stay awake or to stay focused on the task at hand.

This type of fatigue can have an emotional aspect to it as well.

For example, if you’ve been under a great deal of mental or emotional stress for an extended period of time, you may feel as if you are emotionally drained – this can then lead to a feeling of physical fatigue.

Mental fatigue can also be linked to mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and seasonal affective disorder.

  1. Metabolic Fatigue

This type of fatigue is linked to a number of medical conditions which can drain your body of energy and/or make it difficult to produce more.

Adrenal fatigue falls into this category. Adrenal fatigue happens when the adrenal glands produce too much stress hormone in response to some kind of stressor (either real or perceived).

If they continue to produce that hormone unnecessarily, it can lead to symptoms such as inexplicable tiredness, brain fog, trouble getting out of bed, poor memory, insomnia, and lack of energy.

Other conditions that can contribute to fatigue are discussed in the next section.

Not only are there different types of fatigue, but there are a wide variety of potential underlying causes. Keep reading to learn more about the medical conditions and lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue.

What Causes Fatigue?

What Causes Fatigue

Everyone experiences fatigue in their own way, and there may be more than one underlying cause for it.

In most cases, however, fatigue can be traced back to a particular habit or set of habits. It can also be related to an underlying medical or mental health condition.

The main categories into which the causes of fatigue can be divided are:

  1. Lifestyle Factors
  2. Medical Conditions
  3. Mental Health Conditions
  4. Sleep Disorders
  5. Chemicals or Substances

Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these causes for fatigue.

  1. Lifestyle Factors

You may not realize it, but your daily habits could be contributing to your fatigue.

For example, if you don’t get any exercise on a regular basis, your level of physical fitness could be very low and even simple daily tasks may cause you to feel excessively tired.

Using or abusing drugs, alcohol, and caffeine are lifestyle choices that can contribute to fatigue, as can lack of sleep, following an unhealthy diet, and engaging in other unhealthy activities.

  1. Medical Conditions

Fatigue is a symptom that many medical conditions share, and, in some cases, it may be that more than one medical problem is an underlying factor for chronic fatigue.

Here is a list of some of the medical conditions that can cause fatigue:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Emphysema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

Several of the medical conditions on this list are linked to hormones.

Addison’s disease, for example, affects the adrenal glands, limiting their ability to produce enough of certain hormones.

Hypothyroidism is characterized by an underactive thyroid gland and reduced levels of thyroid hormone while hyperthyroidism is the opposite.

Cardiovascular and blood issues like anemia and congestive heart failure can contribute to physical exhaustion and fatigue, as can metabolic disorders like diabetes.

  1. Mental Health Conditions

Chronic fatigue is a common symptom among mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and seasonal affective disorder.

Depression is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain which lead to problems with sleep and energy levels.

Anxiety and stress are closely linked and can contribute to fatigue as well.

When you are constantly worrying or feeling stressed, it can drain your energy and may make it more difficult for you to fall asleep at night which can lead to fatigue during the day.

  1. Sleep Disorders

When it comes to sleep disorders, it is important to differentiate between sleepiness and fatigue.

Sleepiness is a common symptom of sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and insufficient sleep syndrome – it commonly occurs when the sleep disorder prevents regular or adequate sleep at night.

Fatigue, on the other hand, often occurs even when the patient gets adequate sleep. So, while sleep disorders and fatigue may be concurrent, the sleep disorder is not always the primary cause.

  1. Chemicals or Substances

Everything you put into your body has the potential to affect your health, and certain substances are known for inhibiting sleep which can contribute to fatigue.

For example, certain antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety drugs, and even sedatives can cause you to feel fatigued – they may also make it more difficult for you to sleep at night which might make matters worse.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, overuse of alcohol or caffeine, and even certain supplements can also cause fatigue.

In addition to these five categories, some of the other potential causes for fatigue include chronic pain that makes it difficult to sleep, being overweight or underweight, and lack of physical exercise.

How is Fatigue Diagnosed?

How is Fatigue Diagnosed

Diagnosing the underlying cause of your fatigue can be difficult since there is such a wide variety of symptoms.

If you are concerned about the frequency or severity of your daytime exhaustion, talk to your doctor.

To help diagnose your problem, he will perform a physical exam to rule out underlying medical problems and may also ask questions about your symptoms.

Before you visit your doctor, it might help to think about your symptoms and to write down details relating to any patterns you notice as well as your sleep habits, because the two may be linked.

In addition to performing a physical exam and medical history, your doctor may also use certain diagnostic tests to identify the underlying cause.

Urine tests, blood tests, imaging scans, and mental health questionnaires can all be useful diagnostic tools. Once your doctor identifies the underlying problem, the two of you can work together to determine a course of treatment.

What Are the Treatment Options for Fatigue?

In most cases, treating the underlying cause for your fatigue will be effective in resolving your symptoms.

For example, if your fatigue is related to anemia then increasing your iron intake could reverse both the condition itself and your fatigue.

Sleep apnea can be treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, hypothyroidism with synthetic thyroid hormone supplements, and mental health issues with medication and/or therapy.

Because there are so many potential underlying causes for fatigue, the treatment options are nearly endless.

Your doctor will first need to make and confirm an accurate diagnosis to identify the condition and then start working on a treatment plan.

If you have more than one medical or mental health problem, treatment could be a little trickier, so you’ll need to work closely with your doctor to find a treatment plan that really works for you.

In addition to treating any underlying medical or mental health issues contributing to your fatigue, there are certain lifestyle factors you can change to reduce your symptoms.

Here are some simple things you can do in your daily life to reduce fatigue:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
  • Do your best to follow a healthy and balanced diet
  • Get regular exercise, at least 30 minutes five times a week
  • Aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Avoid things you know will stress you out
  • Don’t take on more work than you can reasonably handle
  • Make time for relaxing activities like yoga or meditation
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol and tobacco

The kind of fatigue that leaves you feeling mentally and physically drained on a daily basis takes time to develop, so you should not expect to cure it overnight.

Correcting an underlying medical problem may have near-immediate results, but you should be prepared to take some time in treating your fatigue.

With the help of your doctor and a personalized treatment plan, however, you can find relief.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, clinical diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your personal physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

About Kate Barrington Kate Barrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Kate also holds a certificate in fitness nutrition and enjoys writing about health and wellness topics including sleep hygiene, natural remedies, and sleep disorders. In addition to her work as a ghostwriter and author, Kate is also a blogger for a number of holistic health companies and writes product reviews about mattresses and other sleep solutions.

Sleep Deprivation 1

Some nights it seems like sleep just isn’t in the cards.

Maybe you’re nervous about a big presentation the following day, or you drank too much caffeine too close to bedtime.

One night of poor sleep may not have lasting effects, but you may be surprised to learn that even one night of inadequate sleep can lead to sleep deprivation.

Chronic sleep deprivation can affect everything from your ability to concentrate on work or at school to your body weight, mood, and quality of life.

There is no doubt that restorative sleep is essential no matter your age, but as you get older, it seems like there are more obstacles standing in between you and a restful night.

In this article, we’ll discuss the topic of sleep deprivation in greater depth. You’ll learn what it is, what causes it, and what symptoms can come from it.

We’ll also discuss diagnosis and the various treatment options you might consider.

What is Sleep Deprivation?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 35% of American adults surveyed reported fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night.

Though seven is not the magic number for everyone, these statistics do point to a common problem. In fact, the CDC declared insufficient sleep a public epidemic in 2014.

Sleep deprivation occurs when you get less sleep than you need to feel awake and alert during the day. Everyone is different when it comes to how much sleep that really is.

Here is a quick overview of the amount of sleep the average person needs based on age:

  • Infants (age 0 to 3 months) – 14 to 17 hours
  • Infants (age 4 to 11 months) – 12 to 15 hours
  • Toddlers (age 1 to 2 years) – 11 to 14 hours
  • Pre-School Children (age 3 to 5 years) – 10 to 13 hours
  • School-Age Children (age 6 to 13 years) – 9 to 11 hours
  • Teenagers (age 14 to 17 years) – 8 to 10 hours
  • Adults (age 18 to 65 years) – 7 to 9 hours
  • Older Adults (age 65 and older) – 7 to 8 hours

When you have a night of poor sleep, or you don’t get enough sleep, you may find that you feel tired during the day and you may have trouble concentrating.

If you continue to get too little sleep at night, you will start to create a sleep debt – it’s almost like overdrawing your bank account. The longer you go, the more overdrawn your energy account becomes and the more severe your symptoms.

effect of Sleep Deprivation

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation?

Your body needs sleep to heal itself and restore chemical balance.

During sleep, your brain builds new connections, strengthening memories and making newly learned information permanent.

Without adequate sleep, all the systems in your body can be affected. In fact, sleeping for fewer than 6 to 8 hours per night can increase your risk of early death by as much as 12%.

The most obvious symptoms of sleep deprivation are daytime sleepiness, yawning, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and daytime fatigue. Other symptoms may include the following:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Trouble learning new information
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Brain fog
  • Lack of motivation
  • Clumsiness
  • Increased appetite
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Reduced libido

In cases of prolonged sleep deprivation, you may even experience psychiatric consequences such as disorientation, paranoia, and hallucinations.

Sleep deprivation can also lead to impairments in executive function which can lead to problems like poor planning, increased risk-taking behavior, disorganization, decreased judgment, and poor prioritization.

Not only can sleep deprivation make it difficult for you to complete daily tasks, but it can make them downright dangerous.

Many research studies have shown that prolonged sleep deprivation can greatly increase your risk for accident and injury – it also magnifies the effects of alcohol on the body.

To give you a statistic, consider the fact that driver fatigue was the primary cause for over 80,000 motor vehicle accidents between 2005 and 2009. It caused over 800 deaths in 2016 alone.

These statistics highlight the fact that sleep deprivation affects more than just the sufferer – it can put others in danger as well.

Sleep deprivation can have other negative effects on the body as well. Here are some of the ways prolonged sleep deprivation affects the various systems in the body:

  • Immune System – Lack of sleep prevents the immune system from producing the cytokines needed to fight infection – this means it could take longer for your body to heal and may increase your risk of developing chronic illness.
  • Respiratory System – Sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of both new and worsening respiratory diseases.
  • Hormones – Lack of sleep affects leptin and ghrelin, the hormones that control feelings of hunger and satiety. It also affects the release of insulin which affects fat storage, increasing your risk for type 2 diabetes and weight gain.
  • Cardiovascular System – The blood vessels heal and rebuild during sleep, helping to maintain blood pressure and inflammation. Sleep deprivation increases your risk for heart disease.

Prolonged sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your body, affecting your day-to-day function as well as your overall health.

Lack of sleep can even impact growth hormone production which is particularly dangerous for children as well as testosterone production in men.

It is also particularly damaging for pregnant women – a woman needs several hours more sleep per night during the first three months of pregnancy.

What Causes Sleep Deprivation?

Causes Sleep Deprivation

As you already know, sleep deprivation occurs when you do not get a healthy amount of sleep.

Though this is the underlying cause of sleep deprivation, there are many factors which can contribute to a night of poor sleep or lack of sleep. Here are some of the common causes for sleep deprivation:

  • Personal Obligations – It is very common for people to become sleep deprived when family or personal obligations eclipse the importance of sleep. For example, if you are a caregiver to a loved one suffering from a chronic illness, providing care may restrict your sleep time.
  • Voluntary Behavior – Some examples of voluntary behavior which restrict sleep include staying up too late or getting up earlier than necessary. For some people, these behaviors are voluntary but unintentional – this is actually classified as a sleep disorder called behaviorally induced insufficient sleep syndrome. It is a type of hypersomnia that involves a pattern of restricted sleep that lasts for at least three months and occurs on an almost daily basis.
  • Work Hours – If you work so many hours that you physically do not have time to get enough sleep, sleep deprivation is a foregone This is common in shift workers, people who work overnight, people who work overtime, and people who work multiple jobs.
  • Medical Problems – In many cases, it is a medical problems or underlying sleep disorder that causes sleep disturbance which contributes to sleep deprivation. Some examples include sleep disorders like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea, psychiatric issues like anxiety or depression, and medical problems like hormone imbalance and chronic illness.

Sleep deprivation affects anyone and everyone who doesn’t get enough sleep.

There are, however, certain factors which may increase your risk for becoming sleep deprived. Adolescents, for example, are more likely to be sleep deprived due to things like early school hours, voluntary behavior, and mental health issues.

People who perform shift work, work long hours or work multiple jobs are more prone to sleep deprivation, as are people suffering from sleep disorders and medical problems that cause insufficient or interrupted sleep.

How is Sleep Deprivation Diagnosed?

Sleep Deprivation Diagnose

If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, your doctor may be able to help you identify and treat the underlying cause.

In cases of occasional sleep deprivation, treatment may not be necessary. For example, if you stay up late to study for a test the following day, you may feel fine after a full night’s sleep the following night.

If, however, you struggle to get enough sleep on a regular basis, or if you are feeling the effects discussed above, it may be time to talk to your doctor.

Diagnosis of sleep deprivation begins with a medical history, a review of your symptoms, and a physical exam.

During this exam, your doctor will work to rule out potential underlying causes for your sleep disturbance.

If your doctor suspects a sleep disorder, you may be asked to undergo a polysomnography – a type of sleep study that monitors various metrics including blood oxygen levels, heart rate, respiration rate, body movements, and brain waves.

Additional diagnostic tests such as urinalysis, bloodwork, and imaging scans may be required to identify an underlying medical problem.

If your doctor suspects that a psychiatric issue might be the root cause of your sleep disturbance, you might be referred to psychologist for diagnosis and treatment.

What Are the Treatment Options for Sleep Deprivation?

Treatment Options for Sleep Deprivation

The only true treatment for sleep deprivation is, of course, sleep. Aside from actually getting more sleep, treatment may also involve treating any underlying condition that is preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep.

In some cases, it may be helpful to work with a therapist or a sleep specialist to develop coping techniques and to improve sleep hygiene for a better night’s sleep.

When it comes to treatment for sleep deprivation, there are three primary avenues of treatment: behavioral, cognitive, and medical.

Relaxation techniques are one of the most effective behavioral forms of treatment for sleep deprivation.

If you have trouble with anxiety, depression, or a sleep disorder, learning progressive muscle relaxation may help you become relaxed enough for sleep.

Breathing exercises, mindfulness training, and guided imagery techniques can also be beneficial. Another behavioral treatment method involves stimulation control.

You simply control pre-bedtime activities and surroundings to create and maintain a healthy sleeping pattern.

For example, only using the bed for sleep (versus other activities like watching TV) and only going to bed when sleepy can create an association between being in bed and sleep.

Cognitive treatment for sleep deprivation most often takes the form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

This is a form of therapy designed to help the patient identify and alter the patterns of thought that are linked to certain behaviors.

CBT can help you identify triggers for the things that cause you to sleep poorly and can help you learn coping strategies as well as relaxation techniques to deal with them.

It can also help you develop and maintain a healthy sleeping pattern.

Finally, medical treatments are available if behavioral and cognitive therapies are insufficient.

There are both over-the-counter and prescription medications available for the treatment of sleep deprivation.

These medications can help you fall asleep or stay asleep, improving your chances for getting a night of restful sleep.

Some options include things like benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, and melatonin receptor antagonists.

Though maintaining a regular sleep schedule is the only real way to prevent sleep deprivation, there are coping strategies you can employ during periods of insufficient sleep to help minimize the effects.

Here are some things you can try to maintain alertness and function when you can’t get enough sleep:

  • Caffeine – Drinking caffeine should not be a substitute for sleep, but it can help you stay alert if you haven’t gotten enough sleep. Stick to low doses of 75mg to 150mg after a night of poor sleep but be careful of going too much higher. High doses and frequent use of caffeine can lead to tolerance, addiction, and withdrawal.
  • Extra Sleep Ahead – If you know that you’ll be getting less sleep than usual one night, sleeping extra the night before might help. This is known as a “prophylactic nap,” and it might help minimize the negative effects of sleep deprivation.
  • Naps – If you’re having trouble staying awake and alert following a period of sleep deprivation, taking a brief nap of 30 minutes or less could help. Avoid taking longer naps because you may have trouble waking and you may feel even more groggy afterward.
  • Other Stimulants – If caffeine isn’t enough to keep you alert and awake following a period of sleep deprivation and you absolutely need to be awake, stronger stimulants such as amphetamines, methylphenidate, and modafinil may help. Just be aware that these come with a risk of side effects and dependence.

There is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. If you have a medical problem or sleep disorder that prevents you from sleeping well, don’t delay in bringing your concerns to your doctor.

Though it may take time to heal from the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, the symptoms of poor or inadequate sleep can happen very quickly, so don’t take your health for granted. Get help if you need it!

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, clinical diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your personal physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

About Kate Barrington Kate Barrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Kate also holds a certificate in fitness nutrition and enjoys writing about health and wellness topics including sleep hygiene, natural remedies, and sleep disorders. In addition to her work as a ghostwriter and author, Kate is also a blogger for a number of holistic health companies and writes product reviews about mattresses and other sleep solutions.

When you think about a rollaway guest bed, what comes to your mind?  Maybe staying over at your grandparent’s house as a child or maybe sleepovers at a friend’s house?  Most of us probably have some sort of memory of sleeping on a rollaway bed as a child, and most of us probably remember those beds being absolutely uncomfortable.

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 We remember uncomfortable mattresses and cold, loud springs holding them together or the feeling that the bed might break anytime that you rolled over. Well, the good news is that rollaway beds have certainly come a long way since those days.  Nowadays there are some very high-quality options available on the market with comfortable mattresses and top notch designs that your future guests are certain to enjoy.

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Our top choice is Milliard’s Diplomat Twin Size Folding Bed due to its luxurious memory foam mattress, its comfort, convenience and unique frame design.
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  • 5 inch thick memory foam mattress
  • Frame design that doesn’t use springs to support the mattress
  • Wheels pivot 360 degrees for easy transportation
  • Folds up to a thickness of 14 inches

What factors should you consider before purchasing?

  • Comfort: This factor is probably obvious when buying a bed.  How many times have you stayed over someone’s home and their guest bed is very uncomfortable?  Do you want to be one of those people, who’s guests can’t fall asleep all night because they are so uncomfortable? Of course, you don’t want to be.  You would much rather your guests leave feeling refreshed and commenting about how comfortable your rollaway bed is. Find a model that you would want to sleep on if you were staying at someone else’s house.
  • Size: Despite popular belief, rollaway beds do come in multiple sizes.  The most common ones are twin and cot, cot being a bit smaller than a full-size twin.  There are also double sizes as well, but they are rarer and usually more expensive.  That being said though, think about what kind of guests you are usually hosting and then buy the appropriate size for that.

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  • Will it last? There are plenty of quality options out there for you to choose from.  Choose one that seems like it will hold up and last for many years to come.  No guest wants to be the one who breaks their host’s bed, so it’s better to not even put them in that position, by buying a bed that will hold up over time.  Get one with a heavy duty metal frame, this will ensure that your guest has plenty of support.
  • How convenient is it to store? The whole point of rollaway beds is that we simply roll them out when someone comes and then roll them back into storage when they leave.  Look for an option is is easy and convenient to put out when someone comes but also packs up compactly so that you can easily store it.  The wheels on them will all be different, so make sure that you pick one where the wheels run smooth and will transport around your house easily.

Top 5 Rollaway Options For You:

Milliard Diplomat Twin Size Folding Bed

The Milliard Diplomat will provide you with plenty of comfort, support and portability.  The 5 inch medium-firm mattress is made from composite memory foam to give your guest the most comfortable night’s sleep.  The strong and sturdy frame is made from high quality steel that is double reinforced at the base. This ensures that it will stay stable, durable and won’t sag over time.

The Diplomat features a unique “wire latticed” support to give your guest’s back extra support.  This eliminates the “sinking feeling” that often comes with rollaway beds.

You won’t ever have to dread pulling this bed out of storage.  Both storage and set-up are a breeze thanks in part to the fact that the wheels pivot 360 degrees, to ensure smooth transportation.  Not to mention, the Diplomat folds up to a convenient width of 14 inches and can easily be stored in any closet when it is not needed.

Pros:

  • Comfortable 5 inch thick memory foam mattress
  • Unique “wire-lattice” support system
  • Wheels pivot 360 degrees
  • Easy set-up
  • Folds up to a width of 14 inches

Cons:

  • Not the most comfortable for heavier users
  • Some leg supports can be difficult to engage

Zinus Sleep Master Memory Foam Resort Folding Bed

The Zinus Sleep Master Resort is designed for ultimate comfort, style, and durability.  It comes with a 5 inch thick foam mattress. This is compiled of a 4 inch layer of high density support foam, topped with a 1 inch layer of memory foam, to give both support and comfort to the sleeper.

As opposed to many rollaway beds out there, the Resort is designed to look like a box spring with a cover.  To achieve this, they take their solid steel frame and apply a grey powder coat finish to it. They then cover both the mattress and the frame in a matching gingham print fabric.  Just by looking at this bed, no one will ever know that it is a rollaway bed!

Pros:

  • 5-inch foam mattress
  • The frame is covered to make it look like a traditional box spring
  • Easy assembly
  • Strap and hook keep this bed securely closed during storage
  • Available in twin size

Cons:

  • Hard for a memory foam mattress, but soft for a rollaway bed
  • Doesn’t fold up as compact as other options

Lucid Rollaway Folding Guest Bed

The Lucid features a 4 inch mattress, made up of 3 inches of support foam and 1 inch of memory foam.  This medium-firmness mattress is designed to be both soft and ultra supportive. On the bottom of the mattress cover, they have also added a non-slip textured surface that keeps the mattress in place on the frame.  

The frame on the Lucid is not only sturdy, but it is lightweight and easy to move.  The wheels can lock into place for added safety when it is being used. Its available in cot, twin and xl twin sizes and also comes with a 10-year warranty.

   Pros:

  • 4 inch comfortable and supportive foam mattress
  • Available in cot, twin and xl twin sizes
  • Compact footprint when folded up
  • 10 year warranty
  • Wheels lock for safety

Cons:

  • Very low to the ground, so could be difficult to use for elder people

Zinus Weekender Elite Folding Guest Bed

The Zinus Weekender is a good option at a great price!  Although not a memory foam mattress, like some of our other options, this does come with a very comfortable 4 inch foam mattress.  This is made up of 3 inches of pressure relieving comfort foam, for support, topped with 1 inch of fiber padding. Your guests will have no complaints with the comfort of this bed!  

The frame is made from deluxe steel, and the wheels allow for easy transport.  These wheels are uniquely positioned on the frame so that the legs do not move around on the floor when the bed is opened.

The Weekender also comes with a bonus storage bag.  This helps keep it compact and packaged away for easy storage in any closet.

Pros:

  • Comfortable 4 inch foam mattress
  • Great price
  • Comes with storage bag for easy storage
  • Very solid when set up
  • Legs don’t move around on the floor when set up

Cons:

  • Canvas is not reinforced where the springs connect to the mattress.
  • Not a lot of central support

Edward Extra Long Rollaway Bed

Spare no expense on your guest’s comfort with this luxurious Edward Rollaway bed!  This rollaway bed is longer and wider than most, to give the sleeper plenty of room to move around comfortably. It features a very comfortable 5.5-inch box spring mattress that will rival even the comfort of a regular bed!

The heavy duty frame has a weight capacity of 300 pounds, there are no worries for heavier guests.  They achieve this by topping the metal support frame with a solid masonite fiberboard, to give the mattress extra support.

This bed has been designed so that the sleeper feels as though they are sleeping in a regular bed, yet still giving you all the convenience of a rollaway bed.

Pros:

  • Extra long and wider than most rollaway beds
  • Heavy duty frame, reinforced with fiberboard
  • Weight capacity of 300 pounds
  • Minimal construction
  • Box spring mattress

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Held together, when folded by a velcro strap rather than a metal latch

Closing Thoughts

If you are someone looking to give your guest all the comforts and conveniences of their own home, then these will be some great rollaway bed options for you to consider.  You no longer have to make concessions on comfort for convenience’s sake. All of these rollaway beds will offer your guest a chance at a comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep and leave them already looking forward to the next time they will be spending the night at your home!

About Kelsey Kelsey is Chief editor at Sleeping Culture. She is a proud mother of two, passionate about sleep and finding ways to live a healthier and stress-free lifestyle.


If you’re shopping for a new mattress, it might be time for an upgrade. Maybe you’ve been sleeping on a queen or king mattress and want something a little bit better. A California king mattress is great choice!

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Of course, as with any major purchase, you should do your research. It’s essential to know what you’re looking for in a mattress, especially if you’re wanting an upgrade or want to try something new.

Before you begin shopping, you should think about what’s important to you in a mattress. Mattresses are not “one size fits all”.

Everybody has their own personal wants and needs, so those need to be taken into consideration before the search begins.

For this purpose, we have come up with a list of the most important considerations that you should make while you’re shopping for the best California king mattress.

Additionally, we have researched California king mattresses and narrowed it down to the five best ones available. We want you to know exactly what your options are!

Using reviews and other tools can help you to make an informed decision when it comes time to make a big purchase, such as a mattress. Let’s take a look at the factors to keep in mind and then see some of the best California king mattresses on the market!

Best California King Mattress Reviews

We’ve selected the five best California king mattresses on the market. These are all great choices, so you can’t go wrong with any of the ones that we have chosen to include. Keep your own personal preferences in mind as you take a look at the ones that we like!

Nectar Sleep Memory Foam Mattress

If you love the feel of memory foam and you want medium-firm support, then you might want to put Nectar on your short list. Rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best mail order mattresses in the business,

Nectar features high-density memory foam that’s guaranteed to stand the test of time – so much so, that the company offers a “Forever” warranty against defects for as long as the original purchaser owns the mattress.

Nectar mattresses feature five layers, each with a distinct purpose. The breathable base layer is designed to provide stability and prevent excessive sinking.

An adaptive hi core memory foam layer rests on top of the base. This recovery foam layer provides a combination of support, bounce, and pleasant rebound.

Next is a gel memory foam layer, which provides a combination of cooling, contouring, and reliable weight distribution.

A layer of quilted gel memory foam provides even more air circulation while imparting a pleasant, contouring feel. A Tencel cooling cover wicks away moisture and heat, helping you sleep comfortably.

It comes in all sizes, is suitable for all foundations and frames, and can be set up for a small fee. Like most other mail order mattress companies, Nectar offers financing if needed.

Pros:

  • High-quality components for comfort and longevity
  • Best-in-class warranty and trial period
  • Life time warranty
  • Affordable price, with financing available

Cons:

  • Some reports of negative interactions with customer service department
  • A little more “new product smell” than some competitors

DynastyMattress New Cool Breeze 12-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

The DynastyMattress New Cool Breeze Mattress is another affordable option for a California king bed. It’s a little bit more expensive than the previous option, but it’s still very affordable. It comes in a wide range of sizes in addition to the California king size you are likely looking for. It only comes in one thickness of 12 inches. It’s great for pressure relief.

It is made of gel memory foam, cool airflow foam, and high-density foam. Altogether, this combination is very comfortable. It allows for plenty of airflow to keep you nice and cool throughout the night. Another bonus is that the mattress cover is removable so that you can wash it. You just have to unzip it around the edges. It’s very simple. There is a 30-year warranty and a 120-day trial on the New Cool Breeze mattress.

Pros:

  • Variety of sizes
  • Keeps you cool
  • 30-year warranty and 120-day trial period
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Might be too firm for some users

Tuft & Needle California King Mattress

The Tuft & Needle California King Mattress is the most expensive mattress to make our list, but it’s definitely worth the extra money. It’s made of adaptive foam, which is both bouncy and supportive. This foam is high-quality and doesn’t give you a sinking feeling. Many users have found that this mattress gives them the back support that they need. It helps with pain and tension. The results are usually almost immediate!

If you’re looking at this list, you’re likely shopping for a California king mattress. Nonetheless, this one is available in all standard mattress sizes. Only one thickness (10-inch) is available, but this is very comfortable for most users. What’s great about Tuft & Needle is that they offer a 10-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial!

Pros:

  • Range of sizes
  • Adaptive foam, which is bouncy and supportive
  • 10-year warranty
  • 100-night trial
  • Helps with back pain

Cons:

  • Only one thickness
  • More expensive than some alternatives

Lucid 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

The Lucid 10-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress was created with a dual-layer system. This is made up of gel-infused memory foam and high-density foam base. This provides a great deal of support. The firmness is medium, so it’s great for partners with opposite preferences or for anyone who doesn’t know which firmness they would like. The mattress and its cover are ventilated so that you stay nice and cool.

It’s available in all of the standard mattress sizes! It’s 10 inches thick. It only comes in one thickness, but Lucid does have some comparable mattresses that are available in other thicknesses. Lucid offers a 10-year warranty against manufacturer defects.

Pros:

  • 10-year warranty
  • Range of sizes
  • Medium firmness
  • Breathable mattress and cover
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Too firm for some users
  •  Not supportive enough for some users
  • Might not be as durable as alternatives
  • No trial period

Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress

The Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress is the last one on our list, but it’s still an amazing mattress! It’s made from green tea infused memory foam, along with high-density foam and comfort foam. The green tea works to kills bacteria naturally. The combination of these foams makes for a very comfortable sleeping surface.

It’s pretty affordable too. It comes complete with a 10-year warranty, but there isn’t a trial period. This mattress comes in a variety of sizes and thicknesses to choose from, so it can work for just about any user. You won’t be settling when it’s time to make your decision!

Pros:

  • Range of sizes
  • Range of thicknesses
  • Affordable
  • Very comfortable
  • 10-year warranty

Cons:

  • No trial period
  • Might be too firm for some users
  • Strong odor
  • Might not be as durable as other options

What Should I Consider When Shopping for a California King Mattress?

When you’re searching for a new mattress, there are things that you should be keeping in mind. Remember that a mattress is a pretty big investment so you’ll want to make sure you’re getting what you want.

We’ve outlined some of the most important factors to think about while you shop for a new California king mattress!

Price

Because California king mattresses are a larger size, you might be spending a little bit more on them. This isn’t a problem as long as the mattress is worth the extra money. While you are shopping, do your research to make sure you’re getting a good mattress for the price.

Just because a mattress is more expensive doesn’t mean it’s going to be more durable or give you a better night’s sleep. There are plenty of great mattresses that are very affordable!

Before you start shopping, look around and get a feel for how much a California king mattress should cost. This can help you to set a budget and to distinguish a good deal from a bad one.

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Warranty

Many mattress companies include warranties with their mattresses. These are nice because they can give you some added protection in case anything would happen to your mattress. Not all mattresses come with a warranty though, so you will have to decide how important this is to you.

If a mattress doesn’t come with a warranty, you should be prepared to potentially pay for those repairs or a replacement on your own. This isn’t a problem, but it’s something to remember.

Some warranties are pretty inclusive as well. Many of them only cover manufacturer errors. They are also only valid for a given amount of time. This ranges from a couple of years to a lifetime. It just depends on the company.

Trial Period

Some mattress companies offer awesome trial periods! A trial period allows you to sleep on a mattress for a given number of days before you have to make a final decision.

Unfortunately, not every company has these. It’s definitely something to look for. Every person is different and has their own individual sleeping preferences. Being able to try out a mattress for a month without any pressure to keep it is great!

The duration of the trial periods varies by company. They’re usually around 30 days to 90 days. A few go up to an entire year though. A more limited trial period is better than none at all!

Firmness

This one is based solely on personal preference. Some folks prefer a firm mattress while others like a plusher one. Try to figure out what you like best before you begin shopping. This can help you to narrow down your selection.

If you aren’t sure which you prefer, you should feel a few different types of mattresses. When in doubt, opt for a medium firm mattress to give you the best of both worlds.

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Thickness

Similarly to firmness, thickness is also dependent on your preference. Some mattresses come in a range of thicknesses while others are only available in one. In general, the thicker a mattress is the plusher it will be. Thus, thinner mattresses are somewhat firmer.

If you’re not sure which thickness to purchase, go for one in the middle.

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Durability

When you buy a nice mattress, you’re hoping it will last for a while. You want to buy one that can hold up to years of use. Some mattresses are going to be more durable than others. It can be tricky to tell whether a mattress will be durable until you actually use it though.

To figure out the durability of a mattress, you should take a look at reviews. Look for reviews from people who have been using the mattress for several years.

Additionally, remember that a more expensive mattress is not always more durable.

Brand

Often, people think that they need to buy their mattresses from the big name companies. This isn’t always the case. More and more mattresses are becoming available. Many of them are from less well-known companies, but they are still amazing options!

It might make you feel better to buy a mattress from a popular brand, but it’s not a necessity. With the right research, you can find a great mattress from a smaller company as well.

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Final Thoughts

As you’ve probably gathered, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to buying a new mattress.

This doesn’t have to be a challenge though. There are plenty of resources available that you can use to make this big decision.

Be sure to keep all of the factors that we mentioned in mind. Additionally, take a look at product reviews. These can help you to make an informed purchase that you’re truly happy with!

Where California king mattresses are concerned, the Nectar Sleep Memory Foam Mattress is our top pick. It has everything that you’ll need in a mattress at a very affordable price.

It’s also got a great warranty to give you the protection that you want! It’s one of the more versatile California king mattresses, so it’s great for couples.

Any of the mattresses that made our list can be the perfect choice! Part of the mattress shopping experience is finding the one that you like the best.

Not every mattress is going to work for everyone, which can make the search tricky. Of course, with enough research, you can get exactly what you want in a mattress.

Everyone has their own personal preferences and needs. Finding the right mattress can change the way you sleep and live!

About Dabora Dabora is Chief editor at Sleeping Culture. She is a proud mother of two, passionate about sleep and finding ways to live a healthier and stress-free lifestyle.


Since bunk beds are very unique compared to a regular bed setup, selecting mattresses for bunk beds can be a slightly different process than normal.

This is especially true because bunk beds are typically meant for children, and most parents want to ensure that they select the best option for their kids.

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There are several factors to consider when purchasing twin mattresses for bunk beds, all of which revolve around keeping children safe and comfortable because parents know that everyone is happier when the children are well rested.

What Are The Top 5 Twin Mattresses For Bunk Beds?

Here is a summary of the best twin mattresses for bunk beds. Each product is highly rated and was chosen with a parent’s perspective (and budget!) in mind. These bunk bed mattresses will ensure that your children sleep through the night, and they are so comfortable that you may want to replace your own mattress.

Linenspa Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress

This 8-inch mattress provides medium-firm support with the combination of memory foam and traditional springs. It features a comfortable mattress cover and a 1.5-inch memory foam layer to relieve pressure points and provide back support.

This hybrid mattress is also environmentally friendly, and it contours to your body and distributes weight evenly. It’s unique foam and spring composition provide optimal comfort. The mattress comes rolled in a box and will expand to intended shape and size upon opening. It’s unique foam and spring composition provide optimal comfort.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Relieves body aches and pains
  • No odor upon opening the box
  • Expands to expected size after shipping
  • Lightweight for easy moving and flipping

Cons:

  • Can become discolored over time
  • Dimensions may be shorter than expected
  • Corners may break down or lose their shape

Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress

This mattress comes in several sizes, including the unique “narrow twin” size, built to fit bunk bed frames. The narrow twin is available in a 6-inch thickness, and the regular twin is available in 8, 10, and 12-inch thicknesses. It comes delivered to your door, rolled neatly in a box.

This mattress features layers of memory foam, pressure-relieving comfort foam, and airflow, high-density base support foam. Zinus uses the innovative BioFoam, which infused with natural oils rather than petroleum. It is  environmentally friendly and charged with green tea to prevent odor and bacteria build up.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Zip-off cover for easy cleaning
  • Firm and supportive feel
  • Keeps quality over time- durable
  • Expands quickly after shipping

Cons:

  • May not fully expand after shipping
  • Odor lingered longer than expected
  • Corners may break down or lose their shape
  • May be wider than expected upon opening

Signature Sleep Memoir Memory Foam Mattress

The Signature Sleep Memoir mattress is available in 6, 8, 10, and 12-inch thicknesses, each featuring a layer of memory foam on top of a layer of high density foam. The memory foam is built to conform to your body’s shape and provide balanced back support, plus the dense foam guarantees that your movement won’t disturb your partner. This mattress is breathable, environmentally friendly, flame retardant, and free from harmful chemicals. It features a soft, fabric cover that ensures comfort.

Signature Sleep will ship this mattress to you conveniently rolled up in box.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Zip-off cover for easy cleaning
  • Expands quickly after shipping
  • No/low odor upon opening the box

Cons:

  • Not for side sleepers
  • Dimensions may be smaller than expected
  • May not fully expand after shipping

Lucid Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress

The Lucid mattress is built specifically for kids and bunk beds. It is 6 inches thick, and it features a 2-inch top layer of premium gel memory foam and a 4-inch bottom layer of high-density support foam. This mattress offers a firm feel with gel that contours your body’s shape. The specialized “open cell” construction makes the mattress more durable.

The polyester fabric cover makes the mattress breathable and comfortable. Plus, Lucid’s mattress is environmentally friendly and contains no harmful chemicals. It comes to your door rolled up and sealed in an easy-to-handle box.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Conforms to body’s natural shape
  • Holds heavyweight sleepers
  • Expands quickly after shipping
  • Not too firm, not too soft

Cons:

  • Odor lingered longer than expected upon opening
  • May not fully expand after shipping
  • May be too thin when placed on a hard frame

Dreamfoam Bedding Crazy Quilt TriZone Mattress

This mattress is 7 inches thick with a foam, TriZone core layer topped with a comfort quilt layer. The TriZone core is designed to offer firm, supportive comfort for any type of sleeper. The mattress provides neck, lumbar, and leg support, plus it is certified environmentally friendly.

Dreamfoam Bedding also offers a discount when buying two mattresses for bunk beds. Your purchase will come rolled up and shipped to your door in one box, even if ordering two mattresses.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Keeps quality over time- durable
  • High quality and sturdy
  • Expands quickly after shipping
  • Lightweight for easy moving and flipping
  • No/low odor upon opening the box

Cons:

  • May not support adult weight- intended for children
  • May be too short and leave extra space in the frame
  • May be too firm for some

Twin Mattresses for Bunk Beds – Key Considerations

  1. Bunk Bed Frame: Generally, bunk bed mattresses will have to fit into a box-like frame with specific dimensions. Even though “twin” size is pretty standard, some mattresses vary slightly, so be sure to check the exact dimensions of the space that your mattresses need to fill to ensure the perfect fit. A mattress that is too small for the frame could be a safety risk if there is enough room around the mattress for a child to become pinned. Additionally, your mattresses must be sturdy and thick enough to provide the necessary support and comfort since it will be sitting directly on a hard frame.
  2. Your Children: Before purchasing bunk bed mattresses, consider your children’s age, size, preferences, and behaviors. It is important to find mattresses that can support your children at the age and size they are now and will also work for them as they continue to grow and mature. Your children may prefer a softer mattress that they can sink into, a firmer mattress that provides more support, or a mattress that can adapt to their frequent movement and favorite sleep positions. Finally, older children may need mattresses that fit their increasing height and weight.
  3. Cleanliness: Every parent knows that children can have accidents and make messes, so it is vital that their mattress can be kept clean. Mattresses made of foam are sometimes susceptible to absorbing liquids and other messes, and it can become difficult to remove the stains and smells that result. Consider purchasing mattresses with a removable cover for easy clean up, and depending on your children, it may be necessary to purchase additional waterproof mattress covers in case of accidents.
  4. Safety: There are several safety concerns that go along with bunk beds, making mattress choice that much more important. The thickness of the mattress you choose plays a large role in safety. If the mattress is too thick, your child will be laying above the protective walls of the bed frame, posing a risk of falling off of the bed. Additionally, a mattress that is too thick could cause your child to hit their head on the ceiling or top bunk when sitting up. Some other safety considerations deal with the materials the mattresses are made from. Certain materials are hypoallergenic and free of harmful chemicals, and finally, mattresses made of foam materials are less bouncy and discourage children from jumping on the bed and causing injury.

What else should you consider when purchasing twin mattresses for bunk beds?

Many people invest in a mattress expecting them to last for several years, and that is no different with bunk bed mattresses.

So, although your child will most likely outgrow the novelty of bunk beds at some point, choosing a mattress that will last through the duration of their bunk bed usage is what many parents aim for.

However, several factors may influence the longevity of bunk bed mattresses, including frequency of use, accidents, etc. One feature that helps this is warranty.

Each of the top mattresses above offers a warranty to ensure your purchase will last.

The Linenspa Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress, Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress, and Signature Sleep Memoir Memory Foam Mattress all come with a 10-year warranty, the Lucid Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress has a 25-year warranty, and the Dreamfoam Bedding Crazy Quilt TriZone Mattress features a 10 or 20-year warranty.

Another issue to consider when purchasing twin mattresses for bunk beds is how easily the mattresses can be moved.

Purchasing a mattress that is too heavy will be difficult to hoist onto a top bunk and flip.

Similarly, if one mattress will be used more than the other, it may be beneficial to swap the mattresses from time to time to maintain the comfort and longevity of the mattresses.

Best Twin Mattresses for Bunk Beds – Final Thoughts

In summation, the best twin mattress for your bunk beds meets your expectations for comfort, price, and safety and checks off all of the items on you and your children’s wish lists. Fortunately, each of the top mattresses listed above are already tested and parent approved, and your kids will love watching their new mattresses spring to life.

About Marissa Gvozdenovich Marissa is an English teacher and writer. She enjoys the Florida beach life with her husband and puppy.

It’s fairly common for individuals to experience sleeplessness for a number of reasons.

Typically, stress at work or home and disorders like snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome are credited with causing sleep deprivation.

All of these circumstances can lead to sleepless nights permanently or temporarily.

The single best way to eradicate most issues with sleep deprivation is to simply be healthier— eat right, exercise, and live clean, but for some, it takes more than that.

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Individuals who experience sleep deprivation understand that losing sleep is a serious issue.

Everyone wants to fall asleep easily and maintain a restful sleep all night long because of the overwhelmingly positive effects sleep has on our bodies.

Sleep improves our overall health and can affect our hormones, mood, and weight, so it is easy to see why there are so many sleep aids on the market.

In the case of long-term, serious sleep deprivation, it is recommended that you consult a doctor. But for those who experience more occasional interruption in sleep, there are a plethora of solutions to consider.

Sleep & Your Health

Sleep is incredibly important to a person’s health and wellbeing. Our society has begun to live on less sleep, but the effects of this are detrimental.

When someone is operating on a lack of sleep, they are impaired in several ways including their decision making, reactions, and other functions. Plus, a lack of sleep can cause memory issues, depression, and a weakening of the immune system.

According to WebMD, most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but that can vary based on the individual. Some adults may only need 6 hours of sleep per night, while others may need closer to 10.

Children and pregnant women often require much more sleep than average adults. In general, you know you are getting enough sleep if you don’t feel drowsy during the day.

Another factor that will impact how much sleep you need is how much sleep you’ve been getting.

For example, if you have been losing a lot of sleep recently, you will need to sleep more to make up for it.

Unfortunately, many people live sleep-deprived lives and although some may say that they have become accustomed to getting less sleep, this is not the case—our bodies do not adapt to a lack of sleep.

Good Sleep Habits

Good sleep habits are mostly centered around your schedule, your environment, and your body. What you do before bed can have a major impact on your sleep.

Being active, eating, or working before bed can cause you to lose sleep, but taking a shower or bath, reading or writing in a journal, drinking herbal tea, meditating, maintaining a regular bed time, and eating healthy meals and snacks can improve sleep.

Additionally, it is recommended that your bedroom is a calm, dark, cool, silent place. Anything that makes noise, has lights, or moves can interrupt your sleep, so it is best to minimize the presence of those in your bedroom.

Unnatural Sleep Aids

If you find yourself unable to naturally get the proper amount and quality of sleep that your body needs, you may consider using a sleep aid.

The goal of any sleep aid is to help your body achieve restful sleep. Aside from prescription medication, there are many sleep aids openly available including both natural and unnatural options.

Generally, the natural sleep remedies include herbal supplements and therapies, while unnatural solutions include medications, products, or technology.

The best sleep aid for you is whichever one, or combination, fits your specific needs.

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Many unnatural sleep aids come in the form of over-the-counter pills.

These medications share a few commonly used active ingredients: diphenhydramine and doxylamine succinate. Diphenhydramine and doxylamine succinate are similar in that they are both antihistamines with sedative qualities and they share side effects including dry mouth, blurred vision, drowsiness during the day, constipation, and general unwell feeling.

These side effects are colloquially known as “hangover effects”. Unnatural sleep aids also pose a higher risk for becoming dependent on the drug or developing a tolerance for it, which is why they are only recommended for use on a temporary or occasional basis.

Unnatural sleep aids can also come in the form of sleep technology.

There are many products that have been designed to create optimal sleep conditions to aid those who experience difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Sleep trackers of all varieties are one example of this.

Smart watches and gadgets like the Fitbit are capable of tracking sleep cycles and can help you keep a regular sleep schedule.

Other products include specialized lightbulbs, apparel, pillows, mattresses, and aroma and sound machines to create an ideal environment conducive to sleep.

Natural Sleep Aids

As mentioned earlier, natural sleep aids are typically herbal supplements made from naturally occurring ingredients that create feelings of relaxation and drowsiness.

Some of the most common and safest ingredients in natural sleep aids are melatonin, valerian, chamomile, passionflower, hops, magnesium, and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).

The majority of natural sleep aids have been used to treat difficulty sleeping for many years, although most of the common ingredients have not shown overwhelming medical evidence to prove that they are effective in treating the inability to sleep.

The natural ingredients melatonin, magnesium, and 5-HTP are closely related; 5-HTP comes from amino acids and is a precursor to melatonin, which is a hormone that governs our sleep cycle, and magnesium helps regulate our body’s production of melatonin.

Valerian is an herbal extract that comes from the valerian plant, and is known for treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia, although there is little medical evidence to support that.

Valerian is also reported to have a “hangover” effect, especially when used for more than a month.

Chamomile is one of the most reliable natural sleep aids, and it is usually consumed in the form of tea. It is an herb that has a calming effect, as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities.

Passionfruit and hops are often grouped together, and both are herbs that may have a calming effect.

In the past, two other ingredients, kava and tryptophan, were considered to be natural sleep aids on their own, but have since been disproven to help with insomnia, and they may not be safe if consumed in large quantities.

Tryptophan is still sometimes used as a minor ingredient among other natural ingredients in a supplement.

However, there are some other natural remedies that are less consumable and more like procedures or techniques for getting better sleep.

Examples are essential oils and specialized therapy. Aromatherapy with essential oils can have a sleep-inducing effect,  and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) involves working with a therapist to improve sleep and sleep habits.

While it is widely believed that natural sleep aids are safer and healthier, there are some risks.

Supplements are not regulated as strictly by the FDA as over-the-counter sleeping pills, so they could be made improperly, contain the incorrect dosage, or have the wrong ingredients.

This, of course, could lead to many negative health issues ranging from mild to severe. Natural sleep aids still require you to take the proper precautions and learn all you can about them and how they may affect you.

What Are the Top Seven Sleep Aids?

Here is a summary of the top seven sleep aids, first unnatural then natural, and each offers a unique combination of desirable features and options. Each product is highly rated, and sleep tested.

Kirkland Signature Sleep Aid

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The Kirkland Signature Sleep Aid is one example of a common, over-the-counter sleep aid drug. The active ingredient in this drug is doxylamine succinate, which is an antihistamine, and the other ingredients in this 25 mg tablet include dicalcium phosphate, blue coloring, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium starch glycolate. This product is known for helping even the most restless people fall and stay asleep, but as with all sleep aids, the effects vary based on the individual, and it is not intended as a permanent solution to difficulty sleeping.

Pros:

  • Body will not become tolerant to the drug
  • Becomes effective within 45 minutes

Cons:

  • May cause grogginess in the morning if you sleep less than 8 hours
  • Safe for adults only

Vicks ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep Aid

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Because of the Vicks brand reputation, this sleep aid is often assumed to treat colds or pain, but that is not the case. This drug is intended only to help users fall asleep quickly, stay asleep all night, and wake up rested and refreshed. The active ingredient in ZzzQuil is diphenhydramine HCI, which is an antihistamine, and it is non-habit forming. Other ingredients in this product include red and blue coloring, gelatin, glycerin, polyethelene glycol, purified water, and sorbitol sorbitan solution. ZzzQuil is available in 3 liquid flavors or in LiquiCaps, and it is intended to treat occasional sleeplessness.

Pros:

  • Becomes effective within 20 minutes
  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy

Cons:

  • May allow you to wake up in the middle of the night
  • Safe for adults only

Unisom SleepTabs/Gels

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Unisom SleepTabs utilize the active ingredient doxylamine succinate, which is an antihistamine. The other ingredients in this drug are dibasic calcium phosphate, blue coloring, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium starch glycolate. This sleep aid will allow you to forget about the anxieties and stresses of the day and help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Unisom states that their sleep aid will help you fall asleep 33% faster and recommends taking the medication 30 minutes before bed. Like the Kirkland Sleep Aid above, it is a non-habit-forming drug, but should be used on a temporary basis.

Pros:

  • Body will not become tolerant to the drug

Cons:

  • May cause grogginess in the morning if you sleep less than 8 hours
  • Safe for adults only

Advil PM

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Advil PM does double duty by relieving any aches and pains while lulling you to sleep. As a result, this sleep aid has two active ingredients: ibuprofen (200mg) and diphenhydramine citrate (38mg). It also has a longer list of inactive ingredients including calcium stearate, carnauba wax, colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, croscarmellose sodium, blue coloring, glyceryl behenate, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid, and titanium dioxide. Advil PM comes in coated caplet form and is non-habit forming. This drug is intended to help you fall and stay asleep by not letting aches and pains get in the way.

Pros:

  • Relieves both chronic and temporary pain
  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy

Cons:

  • May cause you to have restless legs
  • Safe for adults only

Nested Naturals Luna Natural Sleep Aid

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Luna is a vegan, herbal sleep aid made with natural ingredients. It is non-habit forming and has minimal side effects because it contains no harsh chemicals. Ingredients include magnesium for relaxation, melatonin to help you stay asleep, soothing amino acids GABA and l-theanine, and calming herbs valerian root, lemon balm, passionflower, and hops. Luna is designed to help you drift off to sleep quickly, stay asleep all night, and wake up rested. Nested Naturals allows you to purchase their product risk free by offering a 100% money back guarantee.

Pros:

  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy or “hungover”
  • Energetic feeling in the morning

Cons:

  • May not overcome particularly stubborn sleeplessness
  • Effect may be different each time you take it

Zhou Nutrition Driftoff Premium Sleep Aid

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This vegetarian sleep aid is intended to help you sleep, while easing your anxiety and restlessness, without all of the chemical ingredients of over-the-counter sleep aids. The Driftoff sleep aid is made with melatonin, valerian root, chamomile, l-tryptophan, GABA, passionflower, lemon balm, and hops, all of which are naturally occurring in our bodies or the outdoors. It will help you fall asleep fast and wake up energized the next day, but as with all sleep aids, it should be used responsibly. Zhou Nutrition also offers discounts when you purchase two or more of their products together.

Pros:

  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy or “hungover”
  • Safe for all ages
  • Relieves anxiety

Cons:

  • May not overcome particularly stubborn sleeplessness

Genius Sleep Aid

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The Genius Sleep Aid helps you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up energized, but it also has several other benefits. It helps to reduce anxiety and control moods, plus it addresses chronic fatigue by restoring adrenal function, and helps your body rid itself of caffeine with an ingredient called rutaecarpine. This vegan sleep aid is a combination of natural herbs and amino acids, including melatonin, l-theanine, glycine, and inositol, that resist tolerance and dependency. Pacific Coast Naturals, the manufacturer of the Genius Sleep Aid, offers discounts when you purchase two or more of their products together.

Pros:

  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy or “hungover”
  • Energetic feeling in the morning
  • Relieves anxiety

Cons:

  • May not work for everyone

Fitness Trackers

An emerging and popular trend in both health and technology deals with fitness tracking, and fortunately, that also includes sleep tracking. Fitness tracking devices have flooded the market, but many smart watches and non-wearable sleep trackers will also perform several of the same functions. Oftentimes, these gadgets use your heart rate to show you your sleep patterns and the stages of sleep you go through during the night. Tracking your sleep in this way can help you improve your sleep habits and routines, and it can also help you identify when your sleep is being interrupted, so you can figure out why it’s being interrupted. There are many devices that provide sleep tracking, but the general rule is to find one that can identify when you are sleeping rather than just sitting still. If your tracker can do this, usually the other data it provides is reliable as well.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

The first natural sleep aid on this list is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which a non-drug approach to addressing sleeplessness. CBT has been proven to be effective in treating chronic sleeplessness or insomnia. Typically, CBT begins with a sleep assessment, then consistent work with a therapist over the course of several sessions. The therapy portion of this process can be individualized to address the reason for your loss of sleep. The goal of CBT is to change your beliefs and attitude about sleep, as well as form good sleep habits and routines, which decreases how long it takes you to fall asleep and increases how long you stay asleep. To put it simply, it is retraining your brain to sleep, and it can be done for people experiencing both chronic and intermittent sleeplessness.

Aromatherapy with Essential Oils

Another natural, non-drug sleep aid is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is more powerful than commonly believed, and because of this, it can work as an effective sleep aid. Our olfactory nerve picks up smells and sends those signals directly to our brain, which decides what to do with those signals. Some smells can cause our bodies to react with lots of energy, whereas other smells can cause us to relax. Certain essential oils extracted from plants have been shown to relieve stress and relax the body, lulling it to sleep. One of the most common essential oils that accomplishes this is lavender, but others include lemon or yuzu, bergamot, ylang ylang, sage, jasmine, valerian root, and chamomile. It is recommended to try one, or a combination of several, essential oils to see which has the best effect on you personally.

What Else Should You Consider When Purchasing And Using Sleep Aids?

Whenever you are trying something new regarding your health, it is best to proceed with caution.

Medications, especially, have a poor reputation for having side effects or risk of addiction. As with any medication, those meant to help with sleeping should also be used responsibly.

The best way to do this is to be informed, so be sure to do some additional research on the sleep aid you decide to try.

Make yourself aware of any side effects and read about the experiences others have had while using the product. Lastly, only use the sleep aid in the manner that it was intended to be used in and follow all usage instructions.

It is equally important that you are sure that the aid you choose fits your health conditions specifically.

Whether you are suffering from a sleep disorder or any other medical condition, it is vital to know how adding a sleep aid will affect you.

For example, individual sleep disorders may have specific remedies that pair best with that disorder but may not pair best with other medications you are taking or any allergies you may have.

The same may be true if you are suffering from a condition or disorder unrelated to sleep.

It is always best to be sure that the new medication, supplement, or change in routine will not negatively interact with your health in any other way. And as a general rule, don’t combine alcohol with sleep medication.

Finally, consider if the sleep interruption you are experiencing is a long-term or short-term issue.

In general, over-the-counter sleeping pills are only safe for temporary use, usually no more than two weeks. This is why it is best to pinpoint what is causing your sleep issue and make lifestyle changes to correct it.

Sleep Aids – Final Thoughts

Hopefully it is now clear that there are many options for people who are losing sleep.

Whether your sleep interruption stems from a disorder or stress, there are both natural and unnatural remedies that could be your solution.

Keep in mind that not all sleep aids will work for all people and situations, and you may need to try a number of approaches, or combination of approaches, to find what works best for you.

About Marissa Gvozdenovich Marissa is an English teacher and writer. She enjoys the Florida beach life with her husband and puppy.


When it comes to shopping for a mattress, you’ll quickly find that there are an overwhelming number of options available.

Quick Look at Our Top 5 Picks

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  • Affordable price
  • Natural components including cashmere and latex
  • Contains CertiPUR-US® certified foams
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  • Relieves pressure
  • Wide variety of thicknesses
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  • Made with eco-friendly materials
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  • Affordable
  • Comfortable and plush
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There are mattresses that are perfect for people of any shape, size, or sleeping position. You are sure to find something that works well for you and your partner.

In addition to the standard mattress considerations that most of us can think of, like firmness or size, you can find mattresses made of different materials. Some of these materials are even organic!

Editor’s Choice For Best Organic Mattress

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DreamCloud Memory Foam Mattress
Our Top choice is DreamCloud ‘s Memory Foam Mattress due to its advanced technology,  breathability and  overall level of comfort.
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  • Good combination of comfort and support
  • Suitable for all sleeping positions
  • Good cooling
  • Motion isolation properties
  • Lifetime warranty

If you’re concerned about the safety of your current mattress’s materials, it might be time to upgrade to an organic option.

Standard mattresses contain chemicals, which can result in diseases and respiratory issues. This is just what they’re made of and sometimes can be caused by the flame retardants used.

Luckily, organic mattresses are available, and they don’t have any of those toxic chemicals. It’s easier to find organic mattresses than you might think.

It turns out that there are plenty of options out there, so we decided to narrow it down for you.

First, we’ll get into the considerations that you should make when you’re shopping for an organic or non toxic mattress. Then we’ll take a look at five of the best non toxic mattress options.

What Should I Consider When Shopping for an Organic Mattress?

Mattress shopping can be a tricky task. There’s a lot to keep track of, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the options you have.

We’ve outlined a few of the most important considerations that you should keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for a new mattress.

Note that these will vary by individual, so you don’t need to stick to the list. Your own consideration list will be tailored to your wants and needs.

It can be a good idea to come up with a few of your top concerns before you go out shopping. If a warranty is important to you, keep that at the top of your list.

  • Warranty: When you’re shopping for a mattress, you will quickly notice how big of an investment it is. Mattresses can be expensive, so you want to make sure that you’re getting a high-quality item. Warranties are helpful because they give you the peace of mind you need. With a warranty, your mattress can often be repaired or replaced if any issues arise.

Not all companies offer warranties, so this can be something to look for. It shouldn’t be the final determiner of your mattress decision, but it can be a nice bonus! If anything, it can take some of the worry out of making this big purchase!

  • Size: Before you go shopping for a new mattress, make sure you know which size you’re looking for. Most mattresses come in standard sizes, but some aren’t available in all sizes. Additionally, it can be worthwhile to measure your bed or your existing mattress to make sure that the mattress you want to buy will work. This might seem unnecessary, but it’s a helpful precaution to take.

If you’ve had your bed for a while, you might consider upgrading to a newer or nicer bed at the time that you’re buying a new mattress. This can be a lot at once, but it’s good timing if you were looking into both upgrades.

  • Material: Mattresses are available in many different materials. One isn’t necessarily better than any of the others, but some will be more comfortable to you personally. If your previous mattress was made out of latex, you will know whether you want another latex mattress.

You can also use user reviews to see how your comfort preferences align with different materials.

  • Trial Periods: Some mattress companies offer trial periods. This is where you are able to use a mattress for a given amount of time before making a final decision. These are very helpful in ensuring that you choose the mattress that works best for you and your partner.

Not all mattress companies offer these trial periods, so you can’t limit yourself too much. If you do have the option to buy a mattress with a trial period, you might want to opt for that! An average trial period is about 30 days, but this varies by company. A few companies even offer year-long trial periods, but these are rare. Make sure you know exactly what the trial period terms are so that you can return the mattress on time if needed.

  • Durability: Because mattresses can be so expensive and such big purchases, you’ll want to make sure that you’re getting a strong and durable mattress. Most people hope to use their mattress for more than a few years before searching for a replacement.

If you want your mattress to hold up, you should look for a strong and durable mattress. One of the best ways to do this is to look at user reviews from people who have used a mattress for a couple of years. This will help you to know how well the mattress actually holds up.

In an effort to keep your mattress in good shape for a longer amount of time, you might consider investing in a mattress cover. If you want to keep things organic, you can look for the best organic mattress protector.

  • User: Depending on which member of your family will be using the new mattress, there are some extra considerations to keep in mind. For example, if a potty training toddler is using the mattress, you will want to buy a waterproof mattress. If your young child is going to be using a mattress, it can be useful to search for the best organic crib mattress or the best organic baby mattress! If you’re sharing a bed with a partner, you will want a mattress that is quiet and won’t move too much when somebody moves during the night.

These considerations will help to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep!

7 Best Organic Mattress Reviews

DreamCloud Sleep

If you’re looking for an organic hybrid mattress but other brands prove too pricey, you might consider a compromise. Time for full disclosure: The DreamCloud Sleep mattress is not organic, however the company does use quality natural materials in its construction.

The DreamCloud Sleep mattress features natural cashmere fiber in its luxurious tufted Euro top cover. Gel-infused memory foam, super-soft quilted memory foam, and hypoallergenic natural latex combine to provide cooling support with medium-firm cushioning and a pleasant touch of bounce.

A 5-zone pocketed micro-coil compression system provides support for the entire body, and a base made with high-density foundation foam provides a combination of comfort and support while preventing motion from transferring between sleeping partners.

All foams are CertiPUR-US® Certified. This certification is granted to less than one percent of all mattresses on the market. It assures consumers that the materials used contain no formaldehyde, heavy metals, chemical flame retardants, harmful phthalates, or ozone depleting substances.

Besides medium-firm comfort and a surprisingly affordable price point, the DreamCloud Sleep mattress comes with a 365-night trial period to ensure that it’s the right choice for the long run. Additionally, it is backed by DreamCloud’s Everlong warranty, which provides protection against defects for as long as the original owner has the mattress.

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Natural components including cashmere and latex
  • Contains CertiPUR-US® certified foams
  • Built to last, less wasteful than many other options

Cons:

  • Contains natural materials but not organic ones
  • Not suitable for those with latex allergies

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Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress

The Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress is one of our favorites organic mattress options. It’s made of green tea infused memory foam. It’s also infused with castor natural seed oil, which works to fight against odors.

The memory foam works to relieve pressure and give users just enough support. The 12-inch option has 3 inches of memory foam, 2 inches of comfort foam, 3.5 inches of airflow high-density foam, and 3.5 inches of airflow high-density base support foam. I

t’s CertiPUR certified for its durability, performance, and content.

It comes in four different thicknesses, including 6-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch. Note that the price will increase as the thickness increases. The thicker versions will be plusher, which is important to note if you’re looking for a firm mattress.

You can also purchase this mattress in any standard mattress size. It even comes in narrow twin and short queen options!

It comes with a 10-year warranty for protection!

Pros:

  • 10-year warranty
  • Relieves pressure
  • Wide variety of thicknesses
  • Wide variety of sizes
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • None

Nectar

We’ll preface this review by noting that Nectar mattresses contain some organic components, along with some CertiPUR-US® Certified materials that don’t pass the organic test. So, why is this mattress making it onto our list of the best organic mattresses? In short, it’s due to the company’s commitment to sustainability. And, it’s a bit less expensive than most organic mattresses, meaning a good compromise for those who have to place their budgets ahead of a 100 percent organic lifestyle.

Nectar mattresses feature Tencel cooling covers made with Fair Trade, GOTS certified organic, non-GMO cotton. That’s quite a mouthful! This cotton is hand-picked for greater sustainability.

What about the memory foam? Nectar chooses foams made mostly with vegetable-based polyurethane, which is naturally resistant to dust mites and bedbugs. This is an excellent compromise for those with latex allergies; Nectar mattresses are latex free. All foams are CetiPUR-US® certified, meaning they contain no ozone depleting substances, formaldehyde, heavy metals, phthalates, or chemical flame retardants.

Besides Nectar’s commitment to quality, the company prides itself on its’ customers’ satisfaction. These mattresses come with a 365-day trial period, which is plenty of time to determine whether it’s the right choice. Nectar mattresses come in all sizes.

Pros:

  • Compatible with all beds and foundations, including adjustable ones
  • Made with eco-friendly materials
  • Designed for longevity, protecting your investment while reducing carbon footprint

Cons:

  • Not 100 percent organic
  • Too firm for some people

My Green Mattress Pure Echo Organic Cotton Natural Mattress

The My Green Mattress Pure Echo Organic Cotton Natural Mattress is a pretty impressive organic mattress. It falls a little bit on the expensive side, but it’s worth the money if you can spend it.

Its thickness is 9.75 inches, and it doesn’t come in any other options there. It’s available in all of the standard sizes from twin to California king.

It’s an innerspring mattress with a 3-zone pocketed coil mechanism. This is excellent at providing lumbar support to those who need it. It also has reduced motion transfer, which is helpful for anyone who shares a bed. Overall, it has a firm and supportive feel to it.

This mattress is made of GOTS certified organic cotton and eco-wool. This makes for a very clean and healthy sleeping surface.

It comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty as well.

Pros:

  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Firm and supportive
  • Variety of sizes

Cons:

  • Might be too firm for some users
  • On the more expensive side
  • No alternative thickness options

Oliver Smith Organic Cotton 12 Inch Cool Memory Foam and Pocket Spring Mattress

The Oliver Smith Organic Cotton 12 Inch Cool Memory Foam and Pocket Spring Mattress comes from a less well-known company, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be compromising on quality.

This mattress has a 100% natural organic cover. Its memory foam is both ventilated and cooling. This type of memory foam is the highest rated of all non toxic foams. The foam is 100% green foam certified.

It comes in twin, full, queen, and California king sizes. This is good enough for most people, but it will cause some limitations. The 12-inch option is the only thickness available. This makes for a very comfortable and plush mattress. It even has a Euro pillow top, which is extra plush.

The company hasn’t published any warranty information, so there may not be one.

Pros:

  • Variety of sizes
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable and plush

Cons:

  • Might be too plush for some users
  • Only one thickness
  • No warranty information available

Eco Terra Natural Latex and Coil Spring Luxury Hybrid Mattress

The Eco Terra Natural Latex and Coil Spring Luxury Hybrid Mattress is a great option for anyone who is looking for an eco-friendly alternative to a traditional hybrid mattress. It’s made up of 100% natural latex and fabric-encased coils.

It’s 11 inches thick, and no other thicknesses are available. The mattress comes in all sizes from twin to king, so it is missing a couple of options. This will work for most users though.

It has a medium firm feel, so it’s the perfect firmness for anyone. This can be a little bit too firm for users who opt for plush mattresses. The fabric is cotton, which is also backed with a soft foam material. This works to give you additional comfort.

The company hasn’t published any warranty or trial information, so there may not be a warranty available.

This mattress is a little bit more expensive than some of the other mattresses on this list. It’s definitely worth the money, but this may not work with everyone’s budget. If you can afford it, you will be getting a great mattress!

Pros:

  • Medium firmness
  • Variety of sizes
  • Soft foam backing for added comfort
  • Great for side sleepers

Cons:

  • Might be too firm for some users
  • More expensive than alternatives
  • Only one thickness
  • No warranty information available

Sleep on Latex Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress

The Sleep on Latex Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress is the last on our list, but it’s not a bad choice. It’s made out of natural latex foam. Its cover is made of a blend of organic cotton and organic wool.

It’s the best organic latex mattress that we’ve taken a look at. The latex is very comfortable and durable for most users. It ends up being very supportive in this particular mattress. It comes in a variety of standard sizes, so most people should be able to use this mattress. It does only come in one thickness though, which is nine inches.

The company hasn’t published any warranty or trial information, so it may be non-existent.

Pros:

  • Variety of sizes
  • Very supportive
  • Medium firmness
  • Great for back sleepers

Cons:

  • More expensive than alternatives
  • Might be too firm for users
  • No warranty information

Final Thoughts

Our favorite organic mattress is the Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress. It has lots of amazing features to help you to sleep well and comfortably. It’s affordable, but it isn’t too cheap or flimsy.

The Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress has several layers of foam, which come together to make a very comfortable but firm mattress. It’s a great choice!

Any of the other mattresses on this list will give you a comfortable place to sleep. You can’t go wrong with any of them! We did rank them in order of our personal preferences, but be sure to keep your own thoughts in mind.

Everybody is different and has certain things in mind when looking for a new mattress.

Be sure to make a list of your considerations to help you make a final decision. Knowing what’s most important to you can lead you to narrow your search until you find exactly what you want. It can be useful to come up with these considerations prior to actually going shopping.

Buying an organic non-toxic mattress can be an excellent start when it comes to wanting to take care of yourself.

In addition to having benefits for your own health, organic mattresses are healthier for the world around us.

About Aubrey Meister Audrey is an English teacher and writer. She enjoys the Florida beach life with her husband and puppy.