The tips we offer are in a form of questions and answers. Pick the question which concerns you and read the answer.
Productive sleep affects our daily performance:
- how alert and attentive we are
- how we retain information
- how we interact with others. This in turn affects our relationships with family, friends, colleagues and co-workers. It affects our overall happiness.
Getting into a routine and programming our bodies for certain behavior is key to insure a good night’s sleep. As creatures of habit, our bodies become accustomed to behaviors and when we stray from our routine, we put stress on ourselves. Try to engage in a relaxation technique before retiring, such as reading, meditating or taking a warm bath. Contusive sleep is a partnership between mind and body.
Although everyone’s requirements vary, the average person needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Sleeping less than that can affect brain function and lead to major health issues such as
- cardiovascular disease
- weight gain and
Requiring much more that this may be a sign of a deeper issue, such as auto-immune and may require a physician’s consultation.
The answer is NO. You cannot make up for lost sleep (for the most part). If you are in a serious sleep deficit due to an unforeseen emergency that is not part of your normal routine. You may want to steel an extra hour or grab a nap, but that should not be the norm. Your body should require the same amount of sleep per night, and if you are sleepy during the day. For example, don’t try to “catch up” on the week-ends. Your body may require more sleep each night.
Sleep affects every aspect of your life. You are only as good as the previous night’s sleep.
If you cannot get the quantity, at least get the quality. To do this, you must be healthy in all other areas by
- exercising regularly
- eating a healthy diet
- avoiding caffeine, alcohol and tobacco products late in the day.
- sleeping in a dark, quiet, cool room in a mattress perfect for your body type and needs.
If you have met all the crucial sleep requirements such as:
- healthy diet
- sleep routine
- healthy sleep environment
- you have the perfect mattress for comfort and support
but you are still not getting a good night’s sleep, you may have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. You may need to consult a medical professional, such as an ENT.
An adjustable base enables you to put yourself in a “zero-gravity” position, the natural human posture. In space, our bodies would naturally be in a semi-fetal position. It relieves stress on the back, neck, hips and legs. Consider this: Hospitals regard this as a healing position and have beds that raise your head and feet.
Adjustable base helps:
- by raising your feet – to relieve swelling, improve blood circulation and relieve pressure on your lower back.
- by raising your head – to prevent snoring and acid reflux and improve breathing.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary Hypoallergenic definition is “having little likelihood of causing an allergic response”.
A hypoallergenic mattress is a specially designed mattress which is supposed to prevent allergies. Usually this type of mattress is tightly sealed to prevent dead skin and body oils from penetrating the mattress and attracting dust mites, along with other microscopic organisms that can cause allergic reactions. It works just like a regular mattress, using a series of materials to create a comfortable sleeping surface. Many hospitals use basic hypoallergenic mattresses to keep their patients healthy. These mattresses may have filling identical to an ordinary mattress, but a thick layer of plastic, latex, or vinyl on the outside that prevents materials outside the mattress from seeping in. More expensive mattresses are fully hypoallergenic, using neutral materials which will not aggravate allergies. A less costly alternative to a hypoallergenic mattress is a mattress wrap, which seals the mattress in a layer of protective material.