How Lack of Sleep Affects Mental Health
We’re all aware that getting a good night’s sleep can help our mental state in the short term. A full eight hours on a bed with foam for mattresses will leave you feeling rejuvenated, smarter, and better able to face life’s challenges. There’s new science to show that this type of sleep will also help you in the long term.
An ongoing study, recently published in the medical journal, Neurology, followed a group of sixty-year-olds starting in the 90s. They originally volunteered to be part of a sleep study, but the group of neurologists decided to also include aspects of dementia and Alzheimer’s starting in the 2000’s. Unfortunately for those in the study group, foam mattresses like Nectar’s didn’t become popular until recently, so the study lacks results for foam-style mattresses. What the scientists did find could totally surprise you.
Links Between Alzheimer’s and Insomnia
The scientists followed 321 people over 60 years old who volunteered for a sleep study back in the 90s. They were followed for a dozen years, during which time 32 developed dementia. Of those, 24 were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Those who had less REM sleep during the sleep test were more likely to later be in the dementia group, the scientists reported. The difference didn’t have to be much, even slightly less sleep increased the risk of dementia and alzheimer’s.
“Our findings point to REM sleep as a predictor of dementia,” said Matthew Pase, director of the study. “The next step will be to determine why lower REM sleep predicts a greater risk of dementia.”
What You Can Do Now
Prepare a Worthy Bed: It’s important to have a super comfortable bed. For that, we recommend Nectar’s foam for mattresses. Our foam uses space-age materials. We make sure that you’re getting optimal comfort every time you lay down. The tencel cooling cover is a great new breakthrough in keeping your temperature regulated. You will stay in deep REM sleep for longer — the most important element of staving away dementia.
Eat Better: What and when you eat has a lot to do with the way you sleep. For instance, eating a large and heavy meal right before bed will greatly reduce your quality of sleep. The body ends up using all its energy digesting the food and forgets to focus on the sleeping. Also, careful you are not consuming too much sugar during the day. This will spike your blood sugar and make it harder to fall asleep.
Exercise in the Morning: Exercise will do you good for many reasons and a good night’s sleep is one of them. By having a solid exercise routine in the morning, your body will sleep better at night and wake up refreshed and refreshed and ready to do it again. Give it a couple of weeks before the benefits really set in and don’t give up!
Cool Yourself Off at Night: Your body naturally sleeps at a warmer temperature. In addition to this, most of us like to feel the weight of a blanket while sleeping. This makes sleeping a very hot activity. So try and cool yourself off throughout the night. Keep your feet out from under the blankets. Turn on a fan or crack a window. Whatever it takes, remember by keeping cool you’ll sleep much better.
So what are you waiting for? Give Nectar a try. Not only will it increase your mental health, the foam for mattresses will leave you wishing that you’d had one all along. Good luck!