The Science Of Sleep
The Importance Of Pressure Relief. Your Mattress Can Help With Joint And Muscle Pain 0
The Importance Of Pressure Relief. Your Mattress Can Help With Joint And Muscle Pain
Many people view a mattress as just something to sleep on, and really do not give much thought about the many health benefits that it can provide. It is estimated that we spend a third of our lives on our mattress! Shouldn't that time not only be comfortable but beneficial to your health?
The Rigors Work & Stress Can Put On Your Body
We all work hard and have to deal with the demands that our jobs place upon us. The stress produced by trying to meet these demands can become cumbersome and can lad to health issues. Your body is like a cell phone battery and needs to be recharged daily. A good quality mattress can help give you the energy and boost you need to deal with the many challenges your body must deal with on an everyday basis. Now, the hard part is finding the right mattress for you.
Finding The Right Mattress...Where To Start
Pressure Relief is a popular catchphrase used by manufacturers and retailers. A mattress that offers good pressure relief, will yield in the shoulders and hips, but support the small of your back. When testing a mattress, be sure to lay down the way that you sleep at home. Try the mattress on your back, and side. Most side sleepers prefer a softer surface, because of the pressure points in the shoulder and hips. If your mattress does not provide sufficient pressure relief, it can affect your blood circulation. Lack of blood circulation will cause tossing and turning. Finding the right mattress for you begins with something as simple as laying down and properly testing different models and types. Only YOUR body can tell you what mattress feels right to you!
Springs Or No Springs? That Is The Question!
Memory Foam has become the most popular and best reviewed mattress type on the market today. Memory Foam contours to the unique shape of your body, and is the best type of mattress for pressure relief. Memory Foam has a very unique feel, and not everyone prefers the sinking sensation. A nice alternative to Memory Foam, is Latex.
Latex Mattresses offer a more bouncy, spring like feel. Latex is great for pressure relief, but also provides optimal support for the lower back. There are two processes used to manufacture Latex into a mattress core, Dunlop and Talalay. At Roanoke Mattress, we have decided to carry Talalay Latex Mattresses. Talalay Latex comes in a wide array of comfort levels, and has a more consistent feel than Dunlop Latex. Both processes produce an extremely durable material, but from customer feedback, Talalay Latex is just more comfortable.
Hybrid Mattresses feature a premium foam (Latex, Gel or Memory Foam) on top of pocketed coils. Hybrids are ideal for shoppers who seek the benefit of memory foam or latex but prefer the feel of a traditional innerspring mattress. The Pocketed Coils that make up the support system in Hybrid Mattresses conform to the body and can be used with adjustable beds. Hybrid Mattresses are the Best Of Both Worlds.
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Why sleep is so important to living healthy...Learn more about the impact sleep has on our lives! 0
Go ahead, snooze! Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or "practice" skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).
"If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice," says Dr. Rapoport, who is an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. "But something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better."
In other words if you’re trying to learn something new—whether it’s Spanish or a new tennis swing—you’ll perform better after sleeping.
Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan—although it’s not clear if it’s a cause or effect. (Illnesses may affect sleep patterns too.)
In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night.
Sleep also affects quality of life.
"Many things that we take for granted are affected by sleep," says Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. "If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It’s pretty clear."
Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep—six or fewer hours a night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.
A 2010 study found that C-reactive protein, which is associated with heart attack risk, was higher in people who got six or fewer hours of sleep a night.
People who have sleep apnea or insomnia can have an improvement in blood pressure and inflammation with treatment of the sleep disorders, Dr. Rapoport says.
Get a good night’s sleep before getting out the easel and paintbrushes or the pen and paper.
In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.
Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process.
Be a winner
If you’re an athlete, there may be one simple way to improve your performance: sleep.
A Stanford University study found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina.
The results of this study reflect previous findings seen in tennis players and swimmers.
Improve your grades
Children between the ages of 10 and 16 who have sleep disordered breathing, which includes snoring, sleep apnea, and other types of interrupted breathing during sleep, are more likely to have problems with attention and learning, according to a 2010 study in the journalSleep. This could lead to "significant functional impairment at school," the study authors wrote.
In another study, college students who didn’t get enough sleep had worse grades than those who did.
"If you’re trying to meet a deadline, you’re willing to sacrifice sleep," Dr. Rapoport says, "but it’s severe and reoccurring sleep deprivation that clearly impairs learning."
A lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids, Dr. Rapoport says.
"Kids don’t react the same way to sleep deprivation as adults do," he adds. "Whereas adults get sleepy, kids tend to get hyperactive."
A 2009 study in the journal Pediatrics found that children ages seven and eight who got less than about eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive.
"We diagnose and measure sleep by measuring electrical changes in the brain," Dr. Rapoport says. "So not surprisingly how we sleep affects the brain."
Have a healthy weight
If you are thinking about going on a diet, you might want to plan an earlier bedtime too.
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. (They shed similar amounts of total weight regardless of sleep.)
Dieters in the study also felt more hungry when they got less sleep.
"Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain," Dr. Rapoport says. "When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite."
When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same—and both can affect cardiovascular health.
"Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure," Dr. Jean says. "It’s also believed that sleep effects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2009 that being tired accounted for the highest number of fatal single-car run-off-the-road crashes due to the driver’s performance—even more than alcohol!
"Sleepiness is grossly underrated as a problem by most people, but the cost to society is enormous," Dr. Rapoport says. "Sleeplessness affects reaction time and decision making."
Insufficient sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having an alcoholic drink.