The science of sleep is an incredibly complicated one. There is no specific ‘system’ involved in sending us off to the land of Nod, making it one of the most complex occurrences in the most complex known system in the universe - the human brain.
Insomnia and sleep problems are a huge issue and ones that are hard to deal with due to the complicated processes involved in actually getting quality sleep. Current estimates suggest that between 15 and 40 per cent of people across the world have problems sleeping, depending on how such problems are defined, and there can be many different reasons for this. From physical and mobility issues to sleep apnoea and restless leg disorder, there are numerous factors that can lead to a lack of sleep, and many different approaches to help deal with the underlying causes.
Other factors leading to a lack of sleep will include the pressures of modern life and even ‘sleep hypochondria’ in which people get a decent amount of sleep without being aware they are sleeping and without receiving the recuperative effects of quality, restful slumber.
There are many health issues associated with not getting enough sleep. Currently, experts suggest that, on average, we are getting two hours less sleep every night than we did in the 1960s. This fact is likely to have serious consequences on mood, strength, memory and physical health, with lack of sleep thought to be a contributing factor to myriad medical conditions such as heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes and hypertension, whilst significantly increasing the chances of strokes and heart attacks too. In short, not getting enough sleep is a dangerous thing, and can leave individuals facing poor health.
From shift work to poor quality beds, there are many things that can influence why we get less sleep than we should, and whilst some will suffer due to stress and feeling as though there are too few hours in the day, others may simply be resetting their body clocks by using tablets and computers at a late hour.
Most experts agree that between 7 and 8 hours is the ideal length of time to sleep each night. Anyone getting less than this amount on a regular basis is likely to be suffering mentally and physically as a result.
The right bed and the right sleeping conditions will be vital, and the quest for these may involve sleeping in a separate bed to a partner. It may also involve buying a memory foam mattress that better adapts to the body and reduces the pressure placed on joints, or it may simply involve getting a bed that can adjust to your perfect sleeping position.
The right environment and the right pre-bed routine will also help. Not only should you give yourself plenty of time to sleep but also plenty of time to wind down, ensuring computers and tablets are banished an hour or more before bedtime. Finally, consider using earplugs and eye masks if sound and light are likely to disturb your slumber.
At Adjustable Beds, we have the perfect range of specialist beds to help ensure you are always as comfortable as possible, no matter whether you have very specific medical needs or simply struggle to find comfort in a normal bed. By taking the time to change your bed and routine, you may find that you get far more sleep each night and that you are far healthier, both mentally and physically, as a result.