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Staying Healthy Means Getting Enough Sleep

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Sleep is a part of life. Some need more sleep than others, while some sleep more soundly. One thing is clear – sleep is necessary and getting enough of it is something we at our Best Mattress store in Las Vegas are extremely passionate about.

On average, most full-grown adults require around 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Not intermittent sleep, but continuous sleep on a regular schedule each night. This should be a priority for someone wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Getting quality sleep ensures you feel well-rested the next day. A well-rested individual is better equipped to tackle the day. If sleeping becomes a problem, or you wake still feeling tired, you may need to speak to your doctor.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Children need even more sleep than adults:

  • Teens need 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night.
  • School-aged children need 9 to 12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Preschoolers need to sleep between 10 and 13 hours a day (including naps).
  • Toddlers need to sleep between 11 and 14 hours a day (including naps).
  • Babies need to sleep between 12 and 16 hours a day (including naps).
  • Whether you are old or young, getting the right amount of quality sleep comes with extended health benefits.

How Does Sleep Affect My Health?

Those who get enough sleep tend to have a stronger immune system. It is when you sleep that your body goes into repair mode and cleanses your body of impurities. It is also when your joints replenish with fluids that protect them during the day. Interesting fact, you are taller in the morning than at night. Sleep helps you maintain a healthy weight, lower the chance of getting long-term health problems such as heart disease or diabetes, helps improve your mood, and reduces stress.

How Does Sleep Affect My Brain?

While you sleep your body cleanses the brain of metabolic waste that can harm the brain over time. In fact, your body flushes your brain with cerebrospinal fluid while you sleep. When you don’t sleep, your body accumulates more waste making you feel sick.

A lack of sleep makes it harder to concentrate and more prone to make mistakes or cause injury. A quick look at the number of drivers who fall asleep at the wheel is a prime example.

What Can I Do to Sleep Better at Night?

Change Your Routine: If you are having trouble sleeping there are things you can do. Changing certain routines can help. For instance, if you routinely run or exercise in the evening, make sure you don’t do it too close to the time you go to bed. Exercise fills you with energy keeping you awake. Ensure your sleep environment is perfect. Also, get into a workable like going to bed at the same time every night.

Put your phone down: The light from your phone reduces melatonin levels, the chemical that makes you sleepy. The worst thing you can do is lay in bed while looking at your phone or computer screen.

Don’t eat before bed: Don’t eat two hours before bedtime. Not only might you wake up with a stomach ache, but you might have some crazy dreams that keep you up at night (unless you are into that sort of thing). Food also gives you energy, which doesn’t help you sleep.

See your doctor: It is perfectly normal to suffer sleep disturbances from time to time. But if it is a constant issue you may want to consult with your doctor. There are signs that suggest you have a sleep disorder. Most involve the simple inability to sleep or feeling fatigued or experiencing drowsiness after a long sleep. More severe symptoms could include trouble breathing or moving as you wake. Talk to your doctor if you have these symptoms.

Get a new mattress: Ensuring you have a good quality bed, mattress, and pillow contributes to quality sleep as well. The mattress you sleep on could be keeping you up at night. It could be that the mattress is too hot, or no longer has the proper support. The Tempur-LUXEBreeze in our Best Mattress store in Las Vegas uses SMARTCLIMATE MAX DUAL COVER SYSTEM that feels cool to the touch. The PURECOOL material absorbs heat so you feel cooler at night. The ventilated material mattress is supportive and pressure-relieving.

Visit our mattress store in Las Vegas and we will help you find the perfect mattress to help you sleep soundly every night.