Everyone knows that sleep is important to overall health, but how important is it really?
According to EuroMonitor, an international market research group, consumers ranked “getting enough sleep” as a top sign of overall health; ahead of absence of disease, eating well, or maintaining a healthy weight. Only mental wellbeing and feeling good ranked higher on EuroMonitor’s wellness survey.
Sites like MBG Movement and Healthline also report the importance of sleep for cognitive performance, healthy weight management and immune function. Suggesting that, overall, sleep might be more important than diet. They also highlight some startling correlations between poor sleep and depression, stress, heart disease, as well as some less intuitive impacts, like type 2 diabetes, inflammation, and reduced social and emotional interactions.
Here are a few new ideas from SleepAuthority on what you will need, and need to consider, when trying to get your sleep right.
1. The Mattress
The most important thing when trying to improve your sleep is your mattress. Period. You don’t need to spend $10,000+ on a space-aged designer mattress, but you do need a supportive comfortable mattress.
It is no secret that the team at SleepAuthority loves Nectar Sleep’s memory-foam mattress. Nectar has packed tremendous value into their flagship mattress. The Nectar mattress is firm and supportive, yet still soft. It contours to your shape and won’t break the bank. But don’t take our word for it, see what Nectar has to say about when you do, and don’t, need a new mattress.
2. Sleep Setting
Once you have somewhere comfortable to rest your body, you will want to refine the space for sleep. Generally, this means a clean, dark, cool space.
The ideal temp for sleep is about 65º Fahrenheit. We recommend getting a small space heater so you can easily optimize the temperature of your space from night to night. Studies also show that excess light in your bedroom affects sleep quality, disrupting the body’s natural circadian rhythm. If you find that you have trouble winding down, falling asleep, or staying asleep, you may want to install blackout curtains. Most people are surprised by the immediate impacts of sleeping in total darkness.
3. The Sleep Experience
Don’t sleep on the sleep experience. People often overlook some of the products with the most obvious impact the quality of your sleep. Specifically, the items you touch. Pillows, sheets, and blankets are all imperative to a good night’s sleep. The breathability, softness, support, and density of these products all impact the quality of your sleep.
Resident Home offers an amazing sleep bundle that nails the basics of “the sleep experience”. The two memory foam pillows may seem a little firm at first, but they are designed to provide perfect head and neck support, and are ideal for back and side sleepers. The sheets are made of 100% pure, 300 thread count, cotton. The Resident sleep bundle even includes an antimicrobial mattress protector.
This is an amazing sleep set for hitting restart on your nightly snooze.
4. Sleep Tech
If you have dialed in your mattress, your bedroom, your sheets and pillows, and you are still struggling to get the best sleep of your life it might be time to invest in some sleep tech. If you are still having trouble falling asleep, this cool new gadget by Dodow might be just what you are looking for. It brings mindfulness and old-school counting sheep together in a relaxing and elegant nightlight for the restless.
If staying asleep is your issue, you might want to investigate your circadian rhythms Apps like Sleep Cycle for Android and Pillow for iOS track your sleep habits based on the motion of your phone, smartwatch, or personal fitness tracker.