Better Sleep Guide
We all know that proper diet and regular exercise are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But many people underestimate the value of sleep. Like proper nutrition and exercise, sleep is essential to feeling your best. Adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep a night – individual needs may range from five to ten hours.
Not merely a “break” from your day, sleep is vital to maintaining good health and well-being. When you go to sleep, your body goes to work, consolidating the day’s learning into memory and improving your ability to absorb and remember everyday skills. A good night’s sleep also re-energizes you and helps you prepare for the day ahead.
When you don’t get enough sleep, daily life can become more stressful and less productive. In short, getting a good night’s sleep helps you perform much better when you’re awake.
Depriving yourself of sleep night after night can cause you to accumulate a sleep debt. Look for everyday lifestyle clues to determine whether you need to catch up on sleep. For example, if there a chance you might doze off while sitting in a car stopped in traffic, watching television, or sitting and reading? The only way to reduce this debt is to get the amount of sleep your body needs. If you feel you are chronically sleep-deprived or may have a serious sleep problem, consult your doctor or a sleep specialist.
Better Sleep Begins with Your Mattress
Because you can’t always get all the sleep you need, you should strive to get the most out of the sleep you do get. An uncomfortable mattress can rob you of sleep, causing you to toss and turn and preventing you from deriving the full benefits of your time in bed. Sleeping on a mattress that meets your needs for comfort, support and space can help you sleep better.