By Olly Smith – Smiths The Rink furniture store.
Sleep plays a vital role in our health and general well-being. This is why disruption to our sleep pattern at night can often leave us feeling groggy and often grumpy during the day. And with the average Britain getting two hours less sleep at night than they used to, good quality sleep has become almost as important for our bodies as water and a healthy diet.
With our internal body clocks ticking to a 24 hour cycle, our brain is automatically tuned into when it’s time to hit the hay. As the night draws in our bodies begin to produce melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy. This can be affected by what researchers call blue light, which is emitted from electronic devices such as Smartphones, computers, tablets, mobile phones and TVs, tricking our brain into thinking its daytime, thus keeping us awake for longer.
Sleep is the best medicine
Whilst we sleep, our bodies go into repair mode, producing valuable hormones that help strengthen our body and mind.
A number of diseases including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity have been proven to be closely related to lack of sleep, proving that maintaining a regular sleeping pattern is a key factor in maintaining a healthy immune system and reducing stress. Recent studies have demonstrated that sleep deprived individuals are also more likely to have relationship problems than those who sleep for more than seven hours a night.
On the flipside, regular doses of good quality shut-eye will make you more alert during the day as well as give your memory a boost by helping to improve your brain’s ability to learn and remember things. Getting sufficient rest will also improve your mood as well as the look of your skin. This is mainly due to the fact that lack of beauty sleep can cause the blood vessels in your face to expand, leaving you looking tired with dark circles under your eyes. The good news is skin recovers quickly, so a good seven to eight hours of sleep tonight will mean you’ll look a whole lot better tomorrow!
One sure way to improve your quality of sleep is by using the correct mattress. Most of us have come across the miracles of memory foam as a result of its NASA claim to fame, but can changing your traditional mattress to a visco-elastic one really make a difference? The answer is yes – and here’s why.
Sleeping on the correct surface
As memory foam is heat responsive, it has the unique ability to warm and soften around your body’s natural curves, distributing your body weight evenly across the mattress surface, before returning to its original shape once you remove the pressure. The foam has also been attributed for its ability to keep the spine anatomically aligned whilst you sleep as well as enhance blood flow, meaning you are less likely to wake-up feeling stiff and sore.
With demanding lifestyles it’s no secret that making time for ourselves and our sleep can often be a task in itself, making choosing the right, quality sleeping surface even more significant in our quest to putting our sleep worries to rest.
So the next time you’re in the market for a new mattress, think of it more as an investment rather than just another household purchase. After all, we do spend an average of 16 years of our life in bed –might as well be comfortable!
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