The Science of Sleep: How A Good Mattress Makes the Difference
How many times have we heard the phrase, “I need to get my beauty sleep.” Well, as it turns out, the concept of “beauty sleep” is not scientifically inaccurate. In a recent popular book by Matthew Walker titled Why We Sleep, he outlines many of our preconceptions and thoughts about sleep and why they might be wrong. It so happens that beauty sleep has been scientifically studied. The study consisted of a group of young individuals being photographed on different days. One day they were allowed eight hours of sleep, another night they were allowed only four hours of sleep. Each morning they were photographed in a photo booth and these photographs were given to a group of “judges” who knew nothing about the premise of the study. They were asked to judge the photos by how healthy they looked and how attractive. And guess what! The full night of sleep group came out way ahead in all fields. This proved to some that the concept of beauty sleep was not just an old wives’ tale.
Walker’s book made quite the rounds in the health community, as he addresses just how powerful sleep is in every aspect of our lives and overall well being. For instance, he takes the myth that some people can function just fine on four or five hours of sleep a night head-on. Walker talks through study after study that shows that an accumulated lack of sleep has deep effects on the health and mental capacity of people. He makes several claims like the effects of sleeping and the increased chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
For many college students, new parents, or busy people who are running around day to day, this may come to a surprise, as they have likely gotten used to a self-deprived life of sleep. A great many of us remember pulling “all-nighters” during our college years to study or memorize some material or important chapter that we were being tested on the next morning. The thinking was that staying up would help us cram. It doesn’t really work, according to Walker. The effects of depriving yourself of only one night of sleep can have heavy repercussions for your mental capacity and thinking, not to mention your ability to drive.
Walker also discusses how our modern life, early school schedules, early work schedules, and so forth have forced humans to readjust their internal clocks and be up at the break of dawn and sleeping late at night. When we sleep, our bodies and brains are actually undergoing a deep restoration and recovery. Without enough sleep or good quality sleep (a difference that the book outlines quite deeply), our lives may be adversely affected.
And if sleep is as important as nutrition and other lifestyle choices, then it stands to reason that our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep are ways to mitigate these bad consequences.
How Can Mattress Affect Our Sleep?
Well, we’re glad you asked.
Here at Classic Mattress, we work a little differently. We understand that every individual is different and what works for somebody might not work for you. Some people require total darkness to sleep, others prefer a little night light to keep a dim light source. So if we differ so much in everything, why do we expect that a one mattress fits all solution is correct?
It’s why we make every mattress to fit your needs. Let’s take a look at a couple of ways in which a mattress can improve your life.
Restful Sleep Improves Overall Health and Productivity
Just ask author Matthew Walker about this. A restful night of sleep is a goldmine for health both short term and long term. Many mattresses might be too soft or way too firm that they don’t provide enough cushion. Sometimes they are too springy or bouncy and end up making our muscles tense up at night without us knowing it. This can greatly affect the quality of sleep and therefore have other consequences. The right mattress will make falling and staying asleep easier.
Old Mattresses Can Affect Allergy and Increase Allergy Risks
Here in the Sun City, we are no strangers to dust, wind, and pollen. Allergy season always kicks up a lot of dust that has many of us sneezing and sniffling all spring and summer long. Many times, however, we might be picking up allergens from other sources. One of these might just be an old and withered mattress that has hung out for way too long.
A Creaking Bed is Back Pain’s Best Friend
Many Americans suffer from chronic back pain. There are many factors that might be attributed to this: lack of exercise, sitting too long, bad posture. One that is often overlooked, however, is the creaking old bed. A mattress that has lost its vitality might not be providing any support and actually be increasing the bad positioning of your body at night, which leads to tension, which leads to inflammation, which leads to pain and chronic issues.
Get the Right Mattress With Classic Mattress
Here at Classic Mattress, we are rest and sleep activists. Our job is to help you sleep and stay asleep so that you can wake up refreshed and ready to live your life fully and with energy.