How Did You Sleep A Year Ago?
Why would that matter, you ask? Well, as we continue to learn more about the science of sleep, we've discovered that how you sleep affects you for days, months, and even years in the future. So think back...how have you slept over your lifetime?
We set out to be a caring brand that helps people be their best. Education based on the science of sleep is an essential part of how we can lend that help. We recently read a three-article series by Maria Konnikova of The New Yorker on sleep. It both answers and raises important questions about how sleep impacts our health. We strongly recommend reading the full series. It inspired us to utilize our blog this month to share some important points you should be considering about your sleep.
For literally hundreds of years, the importance of sleep has been gravely misunderstood and undervalued. We've genuinely just believed sleep is something humans do but not something we needed. Driven by our value on production as a society, we've warped our thinking around the importance of sleep in our daily lives. Regrettably to a high amount of physical, emotional, and mental illness in our population.
We've spent time so far on our blog, bringing you great information, tips, and details about the benefits of YouPlusSleep mattresses in your home. Today we want to get very REAL about the sickness of sleepiness in modern times. And what we can do to change our thinking and improve our lives by turning the lights out on our old perceptions of sleep.
If you ask the majority of us how we slept last night, you will get an "okay" "awful," or "I hope to catch up this weekend" as the typical responses. The reality is we do not sleep nearly enough, we are not sleeping at the right times, and we have very little chance of "catching up" on lost sleep.
Sleep Before You Think
In our blog "Get The Tech Outta Bed," we shared 5 Steps to ditch the tech in your nightly routine. (Check it out if you haven't, it's a great list of simple things you can do to prepare for rest an hour before bed.) A pivotal reason to un-tech is the very light our smart devices emit. A crucial part of our sleep is how our body prepares for sleep, and "setting the mood" is essential. Our bodies get their queue from light, and many forms of artificial light tell our bodies that it's not time to rest, even if we are tired. Once our bodies stop being able to keep time, the rhythm of our sleep is disrupted, and when we force ourselves to fall asleep, we do not wake rested.
When we go to sleep is as crucial as any preparation we make for proper rest. Our natural rhythm is called our circadian rhythm. If we sleep outside our natural rhythm, we will not be fully rested even if we sleep a significant number of hours. The myth that teens "sleep too much" or are "lazy in the mornings" is a great example in the series.
Teens have a circadian rhythm that runs later in the night. It's natural for teens to need more sleep and to have "night owl" schedules. Schools that have changed to later start hours see significant improvements in attendance and performance because the kids can operate in hours more adequate for their natural rhythm.
Study after study is finding that sleeping has been the key to the higher quality productivity we long for but try to slam energy drinks to achieve. When we have fully rested, our brain functions are dramatically improved. Indeed, this will mean that your memory and problem-solving functions will be much stronger but also cardiovascular functions leading to improved physical health. When your mind and heart are healthy, you’re more well-balanced emotionally and able to be more effective and productive. You can read more about the recent studies conducted to help us understand the impacts of sleep on our minds and bodies in article two of Maria's series.
Sleep Has No Make-Ups
Because kids are an important part of our mission, it's essential to understand why we focus on their sleep health. Essential for healthy brain development, even a single occurrence of sleep deprivation for a child can cause significant issues over time. Children who under-sleep are more likely to act out, feel depressed, and experience obesity. Shockingly we learned a rise in A.D.H.D. diagnosis may be the result of inadequate sleep. Adults and kids across the globe are operating with sleep deficiencies, keeping them from being the best version of themselves.
As we learn more about the impact sleep has on our total health, the hard reality sets in that the majority of us currently operating with sleep deficits we've been collecting throughout our lives. These deficits are creating long term health issues in our lives. Because we have not yet started adding sleep as a priority, we are not getting any better. It's like adding interest on credit for the time you spent awake.
We don't want you to be in debt, not in your sleep, and not in your pocketbook. No other mattress supports you like YouPlusSleep because we know you want quality sleep and peace of mind, and we are ready to deliver.