Chronic sleep deprivation
Far from everyone is capable of getting a good night’s sleep. There are a large number of varied problems involving sleep. A mattress that ventilates well and offers proper support can help reduce problems sleeping.
Almost everyone knows that a chronic lack of sleep is bad for your health. However, the problems can be extremely varied, ranging from an adversely affected sex life to heart failure. Getting a good night’s sleep is therefore importan
Variety of problems
A good night’s sleep is important
Less sleep, more wrinkles
One fact that is not as widely known is that a lack of sleep can promote the development of fine lines in facial skin. Part of the normal aging process of our skin recovers during the nighttime, but this process practically comes to a standstill during sustained periods of sleep deprivation.
Sleep deprivation also increases the level of cortisol in our bloodstream, and this interferes with the effect of the skin-firming substance collagen.
Read this article if you want to know more about sleeping strategies.
Sleep deprivation accelerates weight gain
People who don’t get enough sleep have a higher likelihood of being overweight. Sleep deprivation leads to a disruption in our metabolism and an imbalance between the hormones ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin boosts our appetite and leptin tells your body when you have had enough to eat.
A lack of sleep will cause the level of ghrelin to rise and leptin to fall, and your appetite will therefore increase (usually also the desire for fatty foods). This often happens late in the evening, and to make matters worse, our digestion does not work optimally at night.
Food and improving sleep
Research has shown that there is a connection between food containing carbohydrates and a good night’s sleep. Products such as noodles and pasta, bread and potatoes promote the production of serotonin, a hormone that can cause sleepiness. Nonetheless, it is better not to have a large meal right before you go to bed. Digestion actually requires energy, making it harder for you to fall asleep.
A glass of warm milk can help to promote sleep thanks to the amino acid tryptophan, one of the building blocks in the sleep hormone, melatonin. Combining a bit of carbohydrates, such as a cracker, with the glass of milk will make the brain more responsive to tryptophan. A banana also has this effect since it contains both tryptophan and carbohydrates.
Plenty of daylight for a good night’s sleep
When people are exposed to a great deal of daylight during the day, they will produce sufficient amounts of the sleep hormone melatonin in the evening. During the darker times of year, exposure to daylight is even more important.
On the other hand, bright light in the evening will actually slow down the production of melatonin. This phenomenon also occurs if you sit in front of a computer screen late in the evening. It is better not to go to sleep right after having used a computer, but to relax a bit first.
Bad sleep, bad memory
According to research, sleeping poorly has a proven negative effect on memory function. When we sleep well and deeply, the hippocampus and cerebral cortex are able to work together to store important information. Anyone who has to study a lot, or who has to give a presentation the next day, should try to avoid sleeping light and having their sleep disturbed.
A good mattress and pillow are the first requirements for optimising a good night’s sleep, but taking a hot shower before going to bed will also improve the ability to fall asleep because your body cools off again after showering, and prepares itself for sleep.
Avoid using smartphones in bed
Modern means of communication lead to us communicating on a nearly 24/7 basis. Smartphones, laptops and tablets make it very easy to lie in bed and spend more time checking email, text messages, chat or social media sites, but this definitely does not promote a good night’s sleep.
Researchers say that sending emails or messages until the wee hours is rising dramatically, particularly among teenagers, resulting in learning and concentration problems during the day. It is better to just go to sleep when you go to bed.
Catching up on sleep
If you ever fail to get enough sleep a few nights in a row, you can catch up on your sleep. The only problem is, you can’t do this in just one night. In this case, it’s a good idea to go to bed earlier a couple of nights in a row to catch up on any lack of sleep. It is also even possible to ‘make up’ for future sleep deficiency in advance.
For example, if you know that you will be up late on a Thursday evening, and that you will have to get up early on Friday, you can try to get an extra hour of sleep each day during the days before. This way you can build up an extra energy reserve and your body won’t suffer as much for the one night you don’t get enough sleep.
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Why are there pinholes in Vita Talalay® Latex ?
During the Talalay production process, we use molds with this pinhole structure (pinholes are needed for heat and cold transfer). The ventilation features of Vita Talalay are a result of the round open cell structure, not the pinholes.