Sleep & Health

How Sleep Impacts Your Health

When was the last time you had a great nights sleep? If it has been longer than you can remember you need to stop and think of how this can affect your long term health.

Clinical studies have proven that sleep is proprietary to life or simply said, there is a direct link to quality of sleep and length of life. Too little sleep can trigger junk food cravings. Too little sleep can throw off hormones that regulate appetite, increasing a taste for high fat, high carbohydrate foods.

In addition, after just 6 days of sleep restriction, people develop a resistance to insulin, the hormone that helps transport glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. This means that your body can’t metabolize sugar correctly; this could lead to type 2 diabetes.

And research has shown that a lack of sleep can make you look older, ever notice dark circles under you eyes from a lack of sleep? There’s a reason they call it beauty sleep. Studies have shown that a good night’s sleep helps skin cells regenerate 8 times faster at night, softening wrinkles.

A good night’s sleep is important to our oxygen levels. Lack of oxygen is the number one reason for depression, headaches and migraines. A low oxygen level in body tissue is a sure indicator for disease, and the fundamental cause of all degenerative disease. It’s interesting to note that cancer cells cannot proliferate in an oxygen rich environment. Mattresses that take pressure off pressure points improve blood circulation, which results in improved oxygen flow to all parts of the body. The richer the oxygen content of your blood, the better your body functions, and the more your immune system strengthens, improving resistance to colds, flu’s, and infections.

A new mattress can help alleviate some of these common problems by providing better support and pressure relief allowing one to receive undisturbed sleep.