The Importance Of Sleep For Your Health

A good night’s rest has become as much folklore as the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster as many people are sceptical of its existence in the wake of the modern day schedule.

The process of getting proper sleep is like rebooting a computer;  magically everything starts working again. Without enough comfortable sleep, we are just left buffering for most of the time that we are awake.

According to research, giraffes only require approximately 2 hours of sleep per day. Unfortunately, we are not giraffes. The average homo sapien spends a third of its time on Earth sleeping, which is a large proportion of a lifetime.

Sleep and general health go hand in hand and are, in fact, inseparable. According to an article published on Very Well Health, a proper snooze can reduce the risk of heart problems and ease stress. It is the way in which the body heals itself and ensures that everything is ready for a new day.

Most research concludes that there are four different stages of sleep that we go through throughout a good night’s rest. Each of these stages has unique functions and characteristics which make good sleep vital for a healthy body.

The first stage of sleep is essentially our bodies preparing for nap time. We are not fully awake, but not fully asleep yet either. Waking up during this stage is reasonably effortless, and things such as dogs barking or rogue springs in our mattress poking us can interrupt this process before we manage to settle into a deep sleep.

The second stage closely resembles the first, quite light and consists mostly of the body starting to relax.

The next stages are where the subconscious is given the steering wheel and is where deep sleep occurs. Trying to wake people up from these stages can prove challenging and can lead to extreme waking-up-methods such as ice-water or frying pan clanking (please note that these are not advised methods and may cause a large amount of resentment towards the instigator). These third and fourth stages are where the body gets to work repairing itself, making sure everything is working, no taps are leaking, and all the wires are connected correctly.

The REM cycle is the stage of sleep that psychologists love, as this is when dreaming occurs. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is characterised by our eyes moving rapidly (please do not be too alarmed by that stellar explanation). REM helps to file all the data we have collected throughout the day and store it in the right place.

man lying on grass field

The German psychologist Sigmund Freud believed that dreams were a way for our subconscious to fulfil our deepest desires. While this theory was valid in the olden days, it does not seem to hold up in the modern world as many are prone to ask the question “How is my dream of standing on top of an elephant holding a banjo interpreted as wish fulfilment?” However, if you are frequently dreaming of mattresses, it is probably time to re-evaluate getting a new one.

 

Given that the time we get to sleep is already limited enough, a mattress can decide whether we sing our favourite song on the way to work or whether we add a few too many shots of espresso to our morning cups of coffee. Having a comfortable bed that suits you means that, despite your schedule, when you do manage to hit the hay your mattress isn’t the last straw to add to your stresses. If utmost comfort is an option, why not choose it? Find your match, find your mattress.

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