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Beds and the Science of Healthy Sleep

BEDS AND THE SCIENCE OF HEALTHY SLEEP A good night's sleep is very important. The amount we get can affect our well being, productivity, and health both positively and negatively - want to know more? Here's a bit of science behind it all! BEDS & MATTRESSES Your mattress is the first thing you should look at for a restful sleep. Your body needs to be supported in a neutral position. If a mattress is too firm, it'll push your main pressure points out of alignment. If it's too soft, your pressure points won't be supported properly. 3 The right mattress should almost make you feel as if you're fbating on air! If you have trouble getting comfortable, 4 a memory foam mattress could be the right kind of mattress for you. Your bedding should be breathable, comfortable, and sleep inducing. You should replace your mattress 6. around every 8 years. SLEEPING FACTS We spend a third of our lives sleeping! Thomas Edison said sleeping was a waste of time. People like Napoleon, Florence Nightingale, and Margaret Thatcher survived on around 4 hours per night. President of the United States, Barrack Obama, gets 6 hours sleep per night. Humans must sleep in order to maintain normal levels of cognitive function. This includes speech, memory, and innovative/fexible thinking. Sleep is essential for brain development. Sleep deprived people have difficulty responding to rapidly changing situations. Allowing yourself a nap from at any time from 1pm - 4pm for just 20 minutes can be very beneficial. 7-9 hours Adults are recommended to get 7-9 hours sleep per night. A lack of sleep can cause weight gain, due to people wanting to eat less breakfast but more snacks. This makes a healthy sleep essential for weight loss. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SLEEP? STAGE 1 After this is called light sleep, cycle, everything starts again! when we're half awake/half asleep. Slight twitching STAGE máy occur. 2 STAGE 4 True sleep comes after around 1o minutes of light sleep, where our breathing pattern and heart rate slow down. REM sleep occurs around 70-9O minutes after we first fall asleep- STAGE we have around 3-5 of these 3 episodes per night. Most dreams Deep sleep is stage 3, where breathing and occur af this stage. heart rate are at their lowest levels and there is very little movement. This is also when some children experience bed wetting, nightmares, and sleepwalking. TIPS TO GET TO SLEEP A warm bath will get your body to the perfect temperature, ready for rest. Writing 'to do lists' for the following day can help to clear your head of distractions. Try some relaxation exercises before bed. Listen to a tranquil CD to relax you. Read a book to distract your mind before bed. Sources mattress 1191011 new-research-suggests-people-snack-sleep-deprived.html FADS

Beds and the Science of Healthy Sleep

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Millions of people struggle to get a good night's sleep and wake up the following morning with all kinds of aches and pains - and tantrums! However, a lot of problems can be resolved with the right ki...




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