The chances are that you’re reading this because you’re not getting enough sleep or the sleep that you do get isn’t good quality sleep. There are so many reasons why you might not be sleeping well. Perhaps it’s just down to simply not going to bed early enough – you’re packing in so much that there’s just not enough time for a good seven to nine hours of sleep! Or maybe you’ve got a young baby so you find yourself getting up regularly during the night (your baby will eventually settle into a pattern and you will find yourself sleeping better as time goes on). It could be that you’re under work or family stress at the moment and your mind is wide awake when your body feels physically exhausted! Of course, lack of sleep or good quality sleep could be down to hormones because as we get older (especially women), hormone fluctuation can play havoc with sleep patterns. There are other reasons too; an old, lumpy, uncomfortable mattress, a hot room, uncomfortable, scratchy bed linen, a draught or even a snoring partner can really disrupt sleep patterns.
Lack of Sleep Affects Your Health
The problem with lack of sleep is that it affects your physical and mental health. You feel lethargic, so much so you might even forget what feeling good is like! You’re physically exhausted and your concentration is probably sorely affected – even if you don’t think it is. Your eyes hurt, your skin doesn’t look its best and all you want to do is crawl under the covers into bed for hours on end.
The long-term effects of poor sleep are worrying. Lack of sleep is associated with increased risk of heart attack, depression, anxiety, diabetes, obesity and strokes. It is also closely related to memory loss, a weakened immune system and low fertility levels. However, the aforementioned is in severe cases but, saying that, it is important to think about your sleeping habits and make sure you get the recommended seven to nine hours a night (adult recommendation).
You’re Not Alone
You aren’t alone in your sleep problems. According to a study, Poland has the most sleep-deprived adults at 31.2%. On the contrary, we could all take a leaf out of the Dutch people’s book as the Netherlands reports just 6.8% of sleep deprivation among adults!
Interestingly, the report also states that women are far more likely to suffer with sleep problems than men and those in their 60’s sleep better than those in their 50’s. This is possibly due to life stage as people usually feel more settled as they get older.
Another study shows that New Zealand comes top with an average time in bed of more than 7.5 hours. Finland, the Netherlands, Australia, the UK and Belgium all rank highly for sleep, too, with Ireland close behind.
But not all developed economies rest well. South Korea and Japan are the world’s worst countries when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.
You Need Your Zzzz’s
Sleep is vital for the body to function properly and amount of sleep is important too. A good night’s sleep repairs the body and recharges its batteries. Think of your body as a finely tuned machine, it needs that recharge time to operate efficiently. Your limbs, brain and vital organs need to rest so they work properly the next day. Sleep also aids muscle growth and muscle recovery as well as tissue repair. If you sleep well, you should spend on average a third of your life getting your zzz’s and you should feel great!
Not Everyone Needs Eight Hours!
Of course, while the recommendation for an adult is anything between seven and nine hours, some people just don’t need as much sleep as others but generally, the average adult should get at least seven hours. For example, well-known British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher survived on as little as three hours a night but Mariah Carey, renowned recording artist, is reported as needing 16 hours of sleep a night! We are all different – what works for your partner might not work for you but it’s important to understand what amount of sleep you need – more on that later.
We Know About Sleep
As mattress specialists, we understand the importance of an outstanding mattress to help achieve optimum sleep quality and quantity. We study sleep and the difference a decent mattress makes to how adults feel when they wake up so you could say we’re sleep specialists! With that in mind, we’ve put together fifteen invaluable tips for a good night’s sleep. Why not try them and see just how much better you feel?
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