This week is the National Sleep Foundation’s annual Sleep Awareness Week, which begins March 2 and ends with the return to Daylight Saving Time when Americans “spring forward” and lose an hour of sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation says every hour of sleep is very important and that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, while children and teens require even more. If the loved one you are caring for is already suffering from a health condition like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or the effects of a stroke, helping them keep a regular, healthy sleep cycle is even that much more important.
One area of great importance in sleeping without disruptions is to choose the right surface to sleep on. As we age and/or experience disabling health conditions, our bodies tend to be more fragile, and sleeping on surfaces that cause pressure sores and back pain can significantly disrupt sleep. Sometimes, it is necessary to buy specialty mattresses like air mattresses.
However, these mattresses are often more expensive, have complicated equipment and setup, and are not easily transportable when going on a trip or vacation to another city. One solution to remedy this problem is to try a mattress overlay, which is far simpler and more transportable.
Mattress overlays, such as the Akton Polymer Mattress Overlay, are simply placed over the mattress. Period. No complicated accessories like pumps or electrical cords are required. The Akton Polymer Mattress Overlay is made of 100 percent Akton Polymer, which relieves high pressure, shear stress and decubitus ulcers better than gels. It is also smaller than air mattresses, with a height of only five-eighths of an inch. This also means it is quite easy to fold up and take on a trip. It would be the perfect quick solution to those uncomfortable hotel beds. The Akton Polymer Mattress Overlay comes in a variety of sizes.
Smaller bed pads are also an option, as they cost less and can be placed under the specific area of the body that experiences the most pain. Consider the Synergel Dimensions Gel Cushion, a cushion made of medical grade silicone gel that acts as human fat tissue to protect bony prominences. Featuring raised bevels, the Synergel Dimensions Gel Cushion distributes weight more equally. And this high grade gel is not like other gels and will not rot, dry out or retain heat.
If discomfort causes significant sleep disruption, it is a medical problem that needs to be rectified. Sleep is a requirement. Mattress overlays or pads could be the simple answer to a serious problem.