We humans spend about one-third of our lives asleep. This one-third greatly impacts the quality of the other two-thirds of our lives. Many things contribute to a good night’s rest, and your mattress lies at the foundation.
According to WebMD, when it comes to sleep quality, “to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber.” After all, if you’re tossing and turning all night, struggling to get your body into a pain-free position, your sleep quality will be poor, and your wellness will suffer.
The Importance Of A Good Night’s Sleep
The National Institutes of Health explains that sleep protects our physical health, mental health, performance, and safety. We have listed some of the points to summarize below:
Sleep And The Body
When you’re sound asleep, your body internally and automatically performs the following actions:
- Repairs itself – Sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.
- Regulates its blood sugar levels – A lack of sleep can lead to increased risk of diabetes due to inability to regulate insulin levels.
- Builds bone and muscle mass – Whilst deep asleep, the hormone which boosts muscle mass is most active.
- Boosts its immune system – While even the best mattress can’t prevent or cure a cold, it can help you stave off a cold by helping you sleep better.
Sleep And The Brain
Sleep is one of the most important components of brain functioning and mental health. Good sleep promotes the following in relation to the brain:
- Boosts overall well-being – General mental health and outlook towards things is much more positive.
- Improves memory – Lack of sleep makes remembering even the simplest of things harder, but good rest doesn’t.
- Aids in learning – Whether it’s learning how to drive or speak a new language, healthy sleep makes learning easier.
- Improves reasoning and decision-making – Getting plenty of rest makes it easier for people to make better decisions through daily life.
- Forms new pathways in the brain – Every night whilst asleep the brain is trying to learn and remember pathways for the next day.
Sleep And Performance
When we have enough sleep, we have more energy, make fewer mistakes, and experience increased performance in various aspects of life. The sleeping habits of successful people have been studied in-depth and have found that plenty of rest and good slumber can reap the following benefits:
- Productivity – Whether it’s writing reports or doing household chores, being properly rested helps boost productivity.
- Work quality – Not just quantity, but quality is also improved.
- Reaction time – This refers to both physically or mentally, but being slow is an adverse affect of poor quality sleep.
Sleep And Safety
When we’re sleep deprived, we often experience episodes of microsleep, which are brief periods of sleep during the day without one knowing that it has actually happened. For example, have you ever driven home and totally forgotten part of the journey? Or perhaps sat through an entire movie and and only remember parts of it? That is often due to spates of microsleep, which often occurs due to lack of good sleep. It is much better to get your sleep on a good mattress than in a car, in school, or on the job. Microsleep is not the best scenario for anyone, and is something that we can all do without due to the following reasons:
- Can happen anywhere – This includes when we’re driving, which is extremely hazardous for everyone. It actually impairs driving ability more than being drunk.
- Difficulty remembering – Experiencing frequent microsleep will leave blank holes in your day where eventually daily memory will suffer.