13 Mar Getting a Better Night’s Sleep
Getting the right amount of recommended sleep every night is no easy task. After all, you have all your daytime obligations, such as work, family, friends, and hobbies that can keep you awake and prevent you from getting as much sleep as you need. You also have your mattress, which may be preventing you from getting the right amount of sleep. In fact, mattresses are one of the biggest factors that determine whether you can fall asleep and remain asleep comfortably through the night—having a great mattress is important to your health.
Most people already know that it feels good to get enough sleep, but there are actual benefits to getting enough sleep, and consequences for not sleeping well. Sleep is the way our body restores itself, and bodies require a certain amount in order to recover properly and be prepared for the next day. During deep sleep (stage 3), our body rejuvenates muscles and physical systems, and during rapid eye movement (REM, or stage 4) sleep cycles, our body is rejuvenating our minds.
In order to reach deep sleep and REM cycles, bodies must first pass through the first two lighter stages of sleep. If you are tossing and turning all night, or being woken up frequently, you will not be able to reach those deep sleep cycles. In addition to being chronically tired, sleep deprivation has been shown to contribute to many other serious medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, while people who get enough sleep on a regular basis have been shown to live longer, healthier, happier lives.
How Much Sleep is Enough?
While every person is different, there is a consensus that most adults should be getting somewhere between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night—however, some people will function normally on as few as 5 or 6 hours, while others may require 9 or even 10 hours to feel completely rested.
What Stops Us From Sleeping?
There are many things that can contribute to a poor night of sleep, but usually an unsupportive mattress is right at the top of the list. On an unsupportive mattress, you may have pressure points where your body is in contact with the mattress, cutting off the flow of oxygen to the capillaries in the area. When that happens, your body signals your brain to move to restore the flow of oxygen and reduce the pressure. This “tossing and turning” throughout the night causes you to wake up just a little bit, which pulls you out of the deep sleep cycles, or may also prevents you from ever reaching the beneficial cycles in the first place.
If you share a bed with a partner, an unsupportive mattress may be preventing him or her from sleeping, causing that person to move throughout the night. The motion transfer from that side to your side of the bed could also be causing you to wake up just a little bit several times during the night, keeping you from sleeping well.
Finding the Right Mattress
Getting a great mattress can be the difference between sleeping well, waking up feeling rested and prepared for your day, or tossing and turning all night, suffering from chronic fatigue and that “foggy” feeling of not getting enough sleep. Find a huge selection of mattresses so you can compare and discover the perfect one for your needs at 2 Brothers Mattress.