Can Better Sleep Lead To Better Health?

“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Restonic and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

I’ve never been a good sleeper. I either have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. This problem got worse following the unexpected death of my brother, a complicated pregnancy, and a sleepless baby. My son was two years old before he ever slept through the night. I have struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety both of which exacerbated my lack of sleep. My healthcare provider questioned me about my sleep habits and instructed me to try to get more sleep. Easier said than done right? It most definitely is, but changing various things such as position to your bed sheet can improve a nights sleep, maybe you want to go and look at this silk sleepwear and see if you can get a more comfortable nights sleep!

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While I was in Navy bootcamp, they tried to train us that we could function on 6 hours of sleep every night. I adjusted fairly well, but many of my peers didn’t. It wasn’t until our overnight training exercise that I got a taste of what it was like to function on no sleep. I discovered that I struggled with the simplest tasks such as tying my shoes or promptly answering questions when I had to function on little to no sleep.

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I’ve never prioritized sleep in my life. I’m either working on my mental “to-do” list or creating a new one. It wasn’t until my healthcare provider scolded me about my sleeping habits that I started to grasp my physiological need for sleep. Lack of sleep can cause memory issues, depressed mood, and reduced attention span, but studies have shown it can also impair metabolic and endocrine function. In less scientific terms, getting enough sleep has an impact on your entire body.

Now that I’ve shared my experiences with no getting enough sleep, I want to share a few tips with you about how to establish positive sleeping habits and promote quality sleep.

  • Establish and prioritize your bedtime. Sleep is essential for a healthy body and it needs to be prioritized just like exercising or eating well. Set a bedtime and stick to it.
  • Most people function better with a routine. You need to establish a steady wake up time just like you need a set bedtime. Everyone can function on varying amounts of sleep, so figure out what works for you. Many adults function optimally on 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
  • Set a relaxing bedtime routine. You can try a warm bath, a soothing lavender foot scrub, relaxing linen spray, candles, reading, or meditation. Some people enjoy watching television before bed, but this can impair sleep. These are all suggestions, but you have to figure out what works for you.
  • Dim the lights. Keeping a room dark and cool can help promote healthy sleep. Invest in light blocking shades or drapes.
  • If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep and typical remedies aren’t helping, you should seek advice from your healthcare professional. They can help you address any underlying problems which might be affecting your ability to sleep soundly.
  • Determine if you’re sleeping on the correct mattress. When my healthcare provider and I were discussing my sleeping habits and my problem with awakening during the night, she asked about my mattress. We determined that my mattress was too soft, and I was becoming uncomfortable during the night. You should visit your local Restonic Mattress retailer, and let them work with you on finding the best mattress for you and your partner, you should also make sure that you take a look at a mattress dimensions and sizing chart to help you get the best one for you.
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Sleep is vital to daily health and shouldn’t be treated as a luxury. Do you brush your teeth, try to eat healthy, or exercise regularly? We prioritize those aspects of our lives, but we often fail to prioritize sleep. Many of us need to realize the importance of sleep, and the impact it has on our health and well being.

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Restonic Mattresses have a great pneumonic to help us remember the importance of sleep.

  • R – Rejuvenate on a Restonic mattress for the rest of your life.
  • E – Embrace your need for sleep. Getting out of bed is overrated.
  • S – Supporting your dreams of a healthy life with healthy sleep.
  • T – Think about your need for sleep. At the end of the day, it’s night.
  • O – Observe how much sweeter life is with a good night’s sleep.
  • N – Nourish yourself with a sleep sanctuary. Every. Night.
  • I – Innovate your life with a good night’s sleep.
  • C – Celebrate life. It’s good!

For more information on Restonic Mattresses please check out their social channels and follow the #GoToBed hashtag across all channels.

Do you struggle with sleep? Is there anything in your life that is preventing regular healthy sleep habits? Do you believe that better sleep can help improve your health?

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4 Comments

  • Reply hchybinski 09/04/2015 at 6:50 pm

    I definitely need my sleep! Luckily I am a pretty good sleeper – as least according to my Fitbit (and my jealous hubby!)

  • Reply melissa 10/04/2015 at 4:01 pm

    I’m a mess without a proper nights sleep. And by proper, I need minimum 7-8 hours. I can function on less but I don’t like how exhausted I get by 3pm!!

  • Reply Julia Rosien 15/04/2015 at 7:26 am

    Good morning Jessica,

    How did you sleep last night? We hope that the 6 hour silliness from boot camp is far in your history and that sleep is becoming a bigger priority in your life. It’s hard though – sleep is often the first thing sacrificed when life gets busy.

    For those mornings when you wake up still tired, these sleep hack tips might help: http://www.restonic.com/blog/sleep-hack-habits

    Can’t wait to read your next post. Good luck1
    Julia

    • Reply Jess 15/04/2015 at 10:05 am

      Julia,
      I’m trying so hard. Truthfully since I began working on that post, I’ve tried so hard to devote more time to sleep. I make a conscious effort to go to bed at a decent hour and create a better bedtime routine. I’m looking forward to my second post.
      Jessica

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