We all know the importance of exercise and nutrition. How much we move and what we eat directly affects our health and wellbeing. Whilst it’s obvious that eating fatty foods and not exercising is bad for our health, we often ignore how important a good night sleep is. Whilst we all try and get enough sleep, lots of us aren’t aware of how much it can affect our health if we don’t.
Posture, Performance, and Productivity
It may sound strange but our bed linen, mattress, even the frame, can all directly affect our health and wellbeing. A good night’s sleep is increasingly becoming recognized for what it is, essential not a luxury. Having a bad night’s sleep doesn’t just make us cranky. It can lead to us underperforming at work, and, more seriously, depression. Poor quality of sleep has even been linked with heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as depression.
So it’s clear that we should be taking sleep more seriously, but how much does where we sleep and what we sleep on matters?
Choosing the right mattress will result in a better posture, fewer aches and pains, and an overall better quality of sleep. It may sound like it does a lot, but it needs to. We lie on a mattress throughout the night and it directly impacts us in more ways than you’d imagine. The tips for buying the best mattress is to take into consideration the length and style. The mattress you buy should be roughly 15cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in the bed. This means they don’t have to scrunch up during the night or have their feet hang off the edge of the bed. The mattress style is important too. It has to offer comfort but also support. Firm mattresses are largely considered the best option for those who sleep on their back of stomach as they give the support you’ll need. Memory foam mattresses are best for taking the pressure off joints. Some can feel a bit cocooned in this type of mattress, though!
The best thing to do is to shop around and try out different mattresses. John Ryan by Design has a number of different luxury mattresses for different needs. Similarly, choose linen which is made of pure fabrics, these are less likely to irritate skin during the night.
So we know that a poor quality of sleep can affect our posture, health, and performance at work. A poor quality of sleep can also affect our memory and make us more forgetful. Deep areas of the brain which are involved with memory and emotional response don’t cope well with restless sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause impaired memory, attention, reaction time, and general fatigue. It’s important to listen to your body and get more sleep if you need it.