Cause We Sleep: The You+ Foundation
There are two kinds of people in the world. There is the hustle and grind, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” folks. And then there are the intentional sleepers who understand the importance of getting their 8 hours a night. But even if you value and enjoy sleep, getting enough of it can be a challenge.
So let’s talk about the effects of sleep on the body, why we created YouPlusSleep, and why it matters to you and your family. Think about the last time you had an AMAZING night of sleep.
You get under the covers, barely rollover, and you’re out like a light.
You wake up naturally the next day, a couple of minutes before your alarm goes off.
You smile in bed and stretch your arms overhead.
You feel rested, grounded, and ready to start the day.
When you take care of yourself and allow your body the rest it needs, you’re more equipped to take care of others, whether it’s your spouse, children, friends, or co-workers. That’s the difference a good night of sleep can make. Now think about the last time you slept poorly.
Maybe you got home late on a Thursday night from a friend’s birthday party. Or getting the kids to bed proved to be a longer process than usual.
Perhaps you got into bed at a decent hour but felt anxious about an important meeting coming up at work the next day.
You lie there, staring at the ceiling, maybe even trying the old counting sheep trick. You roll over searching for a comfortable position to fall asleep in for what feels like the thousandth time. Nothing seems to work. When you finally fall into a deep slumber, your alarm goes off. It’s 6 am, and it’s time to get going. You sigh, hit your alarm clock off, and stumble out of bed. Your head hurts and you feel groggy, like a hangover from not getting enough sleep. A bad night’s sleep doesn’t just ruin your night, it hijacks your entire day.
Thankfully, our society is becoming more aware of the importance of sleep. Our culture is shifting away from the “hustle and grind” trend and that “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” motto. Cause it turns out not getting enough sleep is killing us. And self-care and sleeping well may just be our savior.
Why Sleep Matters According to Walker, an expert in sleep at UC Berkeley and author of the best-selling book, Why We Sleep, “The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children.” Ninety-seven percent of teenagers get less than the recommended amount of sleep and... Sixty percent of American adults suffer sleep problems at some time.
Not getting enough sleep affects your personal well being—from your energy levels to how productive you are during the day to your overall health. It impacts how you interact with (or react to) your family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers you encounter throughout the day. When people lack sleep, the whole community suffers. Imagine if everyone was getting enough sleep, waking up feeling well-rested and ready to take on the day? The world would be a happier, calmer, friendlier place.
Why We Started YouPlusSleep
We’re not just another mattress company on a mission to change the world through a good night’s sleep... We're taking it a step further by promoting kindness and general mental wellness to ensure folks—specifically, our youth—can deal with whatever life throws at them.
We’re committed to discovering, promoting, and supporting existing youth programs by making financial contributions, raising awareness for and enabling access to those programs. That’s what it means to us to be a mattress on a mission.
One such organization is Experience Camps, a sleep-away camp for kids who have lost a parent or sibling. It’s a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person they lost, or forget the grief that weighs them down. They get to be part of a community where they can feel "normal" because everyone there has been through something similar and understands what it's like to lose someone important to them. The experience helps boost their mental wellbeing and gives them a home away from home.
There are many more, and we’re just getting started… To learn more about the programs the You+ Foundation supports, or if you have a program you’d like us to support, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.