Sleep is one of the most important aspects in your life. It is essential to your mental, emotional, and physical health, and research shows that a better mattress leads to a better night's sleep. Better sleep makes a better you.
Sleep is more than just rest for your body. It actually is essential to rejuvenate your body and keep yourself looking and feeling young. There is a direct link between quality of sleep and our ability to lose and keep weight off. It also affects the aging process. If we don't get the quality sleep we need, we will look older than we actually are and feel worse than we should.
Your personal sleep cycle has much to do with the quality of sleep you get. If you sleep 8 hours but don't complete one cycle of sleep, you lose the real benefit of that rest. This is because you did not get enough of the later stages of sleep, or Delta Sleep/Stage IV. When you enter Delta sleep, your brain releases chemicals that heal and rejuvenate your body. It is also called Deep Sleep, because our bodies are in a semi-comatose state while this stage completes. It is crucial to our overall well-being.
There are many factors that affect the sleep cycle.
Below are a few that might be keeping you from getting the most out of your nightly repose.
Your partner. If you sleep with a partner, then it is highly likely that you are being disturbed throughout the night as they move. This disrupts your sleep cycle. Make sure that you both have enough room on your bed so that you can have personal space. There are mattresses that are made for couples. These products will reduce "motion transfer" and nearly eliminate disturbances from movement.
Your Environment. Your bedroom environment needs to be cool (68 to 72 degrees) and dark. Avoid having TVs, laptops, radios, bright clocks, etc... The bedroom should be reserved for two things, sex and sleep.
Your Night Time Ritual. Having a consistent routine every night before you go to bed will help you get in the proper mindset for sleep. Maybe, its a warm bath or reading a book for a few minutes. It also is extremely important that you go to bed at the same time every night. Conversely, you should try to wake each morning at a consistent time, even on the weekends.
Your Mattress. Often overlooked, or even intentionally ignored, your mattress is the single most important variable in the sleep environment that affects your quality of sleep. It's quite simply put, the most important piece of furniture in your house, because you spend more time using it than any other item. You will spend 1/3 of your life on a mattress. Make sure that you get the proper one for you and partner (if applicable.)