Often times people don't make getting a good night's sleep a priority. That's a big mistake as the National Lung, Heart and Blood Institute (a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) warns that failing to get adequate sleep can negatively impact your mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety. The bedroom should be a person's castle that buttresses you from the stresses of work and life being a place where one can focus on rest and relaxation. Everyone should strive to be the King of Rest of their castle!
National Lung, Heart and Blood Institute research shows a correlation between not regularly getting enough quality sleep and being at greater risk for a number of diseases and health problems. Because sleep assists in repairing blood vessels and maintaining a healthy hormone balance, an ongoing deficiency can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, fertility problems, diabetes, and stroke. Their research has also shown how a lack of sleep can exact a toll on a person's perception and judgment which can put people's safety at risk, especially when people are operating machinery or driving while drowsy. Did you know that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving?
Information compiled by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drowsy driving is the cause of at least 100,000 automobile crashes within the United States every year resulting in approximately 40,000 injuries and 6,000 fatalities. Studies by Harvard University have shown that losing just a few hours of sleep each night can impair a person's ability to drive in the same way consuming alcohol can. Being sleepy slows reactions, hinders decision making, disrupts concentration, reduces alertness, and negatively impacts coordination; yet many people don't associate being drowsy as being as dangerous as drunk when it comes to driving. The National Sleep Foundation's polling has shown 60% of adults have driven a vehicle while drowsy and 37% have admitted to falling asleep while driving.
Don't put your health, and that of your loved ones, in jeopardy by not getting enough sleep! Here are some tips from Restonic that helped make me a KING OF REST:
+ Embrace the Dark Side: Medical studies have shown that you'll sleep better the darker a room is! Make sure you have curtains that do a great job of blocking out light from your bedroom windows. Avoid electronic devices from emitting light in proximity to your bed. You may look ridiculous but a sleep mask could pay huge dividends when it comes to ensuring you are getting enough rest.
+ Make your bedroom a "Sleep Only" zone: Don't watch television, eat snacks, surf online with your mobile device, or bring work from your job to bed with you. These activities will disrupt your rest and hinder getting a good night's sleep.
+ Schedule a Bedtime: Block off 8-9 hours for sleep on your calendar every day just as you would when scheduling doctor's appointments, kids soccer games, or work assignments then stick with keeping that commitment every night. If you can go to bed and get up at the same time every day it makes it easier for getting enough sleep to be the routine rather than the exception.
+ Select a Comfortable Mattress: It is important to sleep on a mattress that is supportive of your personal body style by buffering your pressure points from the weight you press against them. This allows your muscles to relax and aligns the spine while you sleep. Your spine is curved naturally and supporting those curves provides for a sleep experience that will rejuvenate and revitalize you.
Restonic has a variety of hand-made mattress options available because they understand not everyone is the same and people have a variety of needs when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. Since smart consumers are their best customers, Restonic encourages people to be educated shoppers when considering purchasing a new mattress. With that in mind, the Better Sleep Council recommends buying a new mattress approximately every 7 years and offers a handy mattress shopping tip sheet to assist consumers with making educated decisions on this very important personal investment.
For more great tips on getting a good night's rest visit the Restonic Sleep Blog which is filled with great posts full of useful information. Spending your nights obtaining plenty of rest allows you to make the most of your days not being worried about being tired or falling asleep. Plus you never know when you'll need the energy you get from a good night's sleep to outrun a pesky dinosaur that may sneak up behind you while you are enjoying an afternoon with your kids or for participating in some other adventurous family activity!
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