Saturday, February 14, 2009

24 Random Facts About Sleep

  1. Man is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.

  2. The higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption. Generally, sleep disturbance becomes greater at altitudes of 13,200 feet or more. The disturbance is thought to be caused by diminished oxygen levels and accompanying changes in respiration. Most people adjust to new altitudes in approximately two to three weeks — from Jet Lag and Sleep.

  3. In general, exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult — from Sleep Tips.

  4. Divorced, widowed and separated people report more insomnia — from Sleep Aids and Insomnia.

  5. Six in ten healthcare professionals do not feel that they have enough time to have a discussion with their patients about insomnia during regular office visits — from the Sleeping Smart Sleep Report Card.

  6. More than eight in ten survey respondents think that people often or sometimes misuse prescription sleep aids — from the Sleeping Smart Sleep Report Card.

  7. Caffeine has been called the most popular drug in the world. All over the world people consume caffeine on a daily basis in coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs — from Caffeine and Sleep.

  8. In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours — from ABC's of ZZZZs — When You Can't Sleep.

  9. We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip — from Ingredients for Slumber: How Food and Beverages May Affect Your Sleep.

  10. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.

  11. According to the International Classifications of Sleep Disorders, shift workers are at increased risk for a variety of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases.

  12. Newborns sleep a total of 10.5 to 18 hours a day on an irregular schedule with periods of one to three hours spent awake — from Children and Sleep.

  13. When infants are put to bed drowsy but not asleep, they are more likely to become "self- soothers," which enables them to fall asleep independently at bedtime and put themselves back to sleep during the night — from Children and Sleep.

  14. Eighty-two percent of healthcare professionals believe that it is the responsibility of both the patient and the healthcare professional to bring up symptoms of insomnia during an appointment — from the Sleeping Smart Sleep Report Card.

  15. The body never adjusts to shift work!

  16. There are individual differences in the need to nap. Some adults and children need to nap. However, the majority of teenagers probably nap in the afternoon because they are not sleeping enough at night — Daniel Lewin, PhD, Ask the Sleep Expert: Sleep and Teens.

  17. Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis — from Aging and Sleep.

  18. Scientists still don't know — and probably never will — if animals dream during REM sleep, as humans do — from Dreams and Sleep.

  19. Some studies show promise for the use of melatonin in shortening the time it takes to fall asleep and reducing the number of awakenings, but not necessarily total sleep time. Other studies show no benefit at all with melatonin — from Melatonin and Sleep.

  20. One of the primary causes of excessive sleepiness among Americans is self-imposed sleep deprivation — from Excessive Sleepiness and Sleep.

  21. According to the results of NSF's 2008 Sleep in America poll, 36 percent of American drive drowsy or fall asleep while driving.

  22. According to the results of NSF's 2008 Sleep in America poll, a surprising 34 percent of respondents reported their employer allows them to nap during breaks and 16 percent provide a place to do so.

  23. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase — from Diet, Exercise and Sleep.

  24. Rates of insomnia increase as a function of age, but most often the sleep disturbance is attributable to some other medical condition — from the Sleeping Smart Study Hall.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Buyer Beware #1

Throughout this place on the web I will share with you some tricks of the trade used by many bed manufacturers. There are so many gimmicks and misrepresentations that are designed to lure you into bed. Today I will touch on the two most common misrepresentations made in most bed and mattress stores.

Organic and Hypoallergenic

Organic and Hypoallergenic are two terms in specific that are thrown around VERY loosely in the industry.
You have to be aware that these two terms are not controlled by any agency, and is left open for interpretation by any manufacturer.
Any mattress that contains foam cannot and will not ever be Hypoallergenic much less organic for this simple fact.
Foam collects and traps moisture. Trapped moisture is a perfect growing-ground for mold, mildew, bacteria, bed-mites and dust-mites, all known allergens.

A Hastens bed is a "breathing bed" that allows air to circulate through the bed. This keeps the bed dry, thus it actually IS hypoallergenic in it's true sense.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Beauty Sleep - Does it exist?

Did you ever hear your better half say "honey, I have to get my "beauty sleep", and you find yourself thinking, yeah right you lazy bum.
The fact is there is such a thing. Our bodies are programmed to shut down 7-9 hours per day as adults. The reason is that our body need to be undisturbed while it is carrying out it's healing functions. At our deepest sleep level number five is when our body start it's fantastic healing.
Your immune system goes to work fighting of bacteria, viruses and also unhealthful chemicals that we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. In fact the chemicals found in a standard foam mattress are so veil that I'll save that for another chapter.

Our bodies also detox while sleeping at level 5. We do this through perspiration. We loose approximately 1/3 of a gallon on 8 hours of sleep - That's why you weigh typically one pound less in the morning.

And finally......... New cell-growth occurs. new cells heal injuries like cuts and bruises, but also it replenishes skin. So it is a medical fact, that if you get the right amount of undisturbed, well balanced sleep, you will get less wrinkles! Thus the term beauty sleep.

The problem is most Americans spend their nights on poorly manufactured toxic mattresses, that are typically made much too firm.
This disturbs your sleep. Studies have shown that when you sleep on such a bed, you toss and turn an average of 200 times on an 8 hour sleep session.
While you toss and turn, you constantly push yourself out of the current sleep level you are in.
Sometimes you even wake yourself or your spouse up.... Sounds familiar? I thought so.

Here is a test for you:
Sleep level 5 is also where you dream. This level is also known as REM. (Rapid Eye Movement)
If you wake up in the morning, and you have no recollection what you dreams were about, you didn't dream, which means you never went to level 5, thus more wrinkles. Ouch!
So what is the answer,....... easy. Try a Hastens Bed, because this is a bed dreams are made of!
Follow the link to your Hastens store, and start checking around.