Preventing Interrupted Sleep: Why It’s Important
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The Importance of Deep, Uninterrupted Sleep
Why do we feel unrested and sleepy some mornings, even after a solid eight hours or more in bed? The hitch is that we often evaluate sleep simply in terms of its duration. However, good sleep is more than just about length. The depth of your sleep and the ability to resist waking are critical for a restorative sleep.
Sleep is our body’s time to repair everything from blood vessels to the brain. During the non-REM stages of sleep, your brain wave activity reduces so it can perform these maintenance functions. During this stage of deep sleep, your brain stores away new information, and your nerve cells reorganize to support healthy brain function.1
Deep sleep is also a time for your body to heal and repair heart and blood vessels, which is one of the reasons ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.2
But deep sleep isn’t just good for your body, it’s also critical for your mental and emotional well-being. Sleep deprivation has been linked to mood changes, the inability to cope with even minor stress, anxiety, and depression.3
Preventing Sleep Disruptions
Unfortunately, sleep can be interrupted for a number of reasons, disrupting deep sleep:
- Mental Health: Depression and anxiety are closely linked to sleep problems: among people with depression, 75 percent have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep5
- Caffeine: Overindulging in caffeinated beverages and alcoholic drinks late in the day, can interrupt your sleep even if you drift off initially
- Digestion: Acid reflux or GERD, a condition that results in a backflow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus, can prevent you from sleeping or appear hours after you lie down. Virtually everyone experiences reflux at some point, particularly if you eat too late in the evening or indulge in spicy foods. However, 20% of adults are affected by GERD6
- Chronic Pain: Arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as muscle aches and strains, can make falling asleep and staying asleep difficult.
- Light: Using electronics right before sleep which can overstimulate your brain and decrease melatonin production. Without the right balance of melatonin, you may have difficulty entering the deep, Non-REM, stages of sleep4
What You Can Do
Besides adjusting your diet and sleep hygiene habits, below are some great products to ensure your bed and pillows are optimized to provide you the maximum amount of deep, uninterrupted sleep.
If you have sore muscles from a long session of pulling weeds and planting in your garden, or you’re known to overdo it when you hit the gym, the Ultramatic Supreme 9.5 Pillow Tilt Adjustable Base can help soothe away aches and pains with a built-in foot and back massage feature. And even if you don’t have any aches and pains, a relaxing massage before bed is the perfect way to wind down.
If you want even more help with that aching back, a soothing Thermophore MaxHEAT heating pad is the way to go. Larger than most standard heating pads, it is ideal for those with arthritis, joint pain, muscle spasms, sprains, fibromyalgia, sciatica, and bursitis because it has an area of heat therapy large enough to cover the entire spinal area. Just 30 minutes of its intense moist heat, created without adding water, is enough to help relieve pain and stiffness for hours.
For those who wake themselves up snoring, or find breathing difficult when laying flat, a Eucalyptus Memory Foam Pillow may be able to help. Infused with eucalyptus essential oils, which help open up airways, this pillow gently cradles your spine and is perfect for both side and stomach sleepers.
The temperature of your room – and your bed – can also impact the quality of your sleep. Too warm and you’ll toss all night, throwing your blankets on and off. Too cold and you’ll find yourself waking up shivering in the middle of the night.
Ideally, you want to maintain an even temperature on your sleep surface, and the PurCarbon 11 mattress from Ultramatic can help you do just that. It’s a temperature neutral surface infused with CarbonCor graphite that prevents overheating while absorbing pressure points and conforming to your shoulders and hips for a deep, restorative sleep.
But if you’re someone who tends to be cold at night, the soothing heat of a MaxCOMFORT BedWarmer beneath your bottom sheet will help to keep you feeling cozy. It’s particularly great for those who have problems with cold feet and poor circulation, and can be incredibly soothing for those with conditions like arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
It’s important to think about how your sleep may be impacting your overall health, and what steps you can take to improve it.
To learn more about how you can improve your sleep quality, contact the friendly sleep experts at Ultramatic. Visit our showrooms in Toronto / Mississauga / Oakville, browse www.Ultramatic.ca, email [email protected], or call 1-866-413-4169 for a free consultation. Plus, C.A.R.P. members receive special savings:
- 25% OFF All Sleep Accessories (like Pillows and Sheets)
- Up to $500 OFF Mattresses, Bases or Walk-in Bathtubs