Sleep and health are intrinsically linked. Bad sleep and poor health go hand in hand in ways you never knew. Here are some reasons why you should invest in a good quality mattress (reviews here) for a better night’s sleep and improved health.
One study showed that getting good sleep was linked to quicker recovery from ultraviolet light exposure, faster recovery from trauma to the skin. and fewer signs of aging.
Poor sleep results in a weakened immune system, which in turn makes you more susceptible to illnesses such as the common cold. Research shows that those who slept less than seven hours nightly were three times more likely to catch a cold.
Prevents Migraines and Headaches
Although the mechanism behind this is still unknown, studies show that poor quality of sleep is highly correlated with migraines. Other research shows that those who suffer from sleep apnea have a 36 to 58% chance of suffering from headaches.
Prevents Weight Gain
Research show that not getting enough sleep slows your metabolism down, thereby putting weight on your frame. Avoid gaining extra pounds by getting enough sleep every night.
Studies show that if you don’t sleep enough or sleep well, your body won’t be able to build muscle. During sleep, your body releases a growth hormone to heal the cells and tissues that you used while you were awake. On the flip side, lack of sleep has been associated with loss of muscle, or muscle atrophy.
Lower Risk of Heart Issues
One study showed that those who slept less than five hours nightly had a 45% increased risk of suffering from a heart attack.
Lower Risk of Diabetes
Studies show that those who sleep less than seven hours a night are more likely to develop diabetes. Why? When you don’t get enough sleep, you aren’t as effective at controlling your blood sugar which may result in Type 2 diabetes. Long-term effects of diabetes include organ damage, blindness, amputations and strokes.
Lower Risk of Cancer
Research has shown that those who work night shifts, thereby disrupting their natural sleep-wake cycle, are more likely to develop breast and colon cancer.
Those who sleep too little tend to have shorter lifespans. One study showed that more deaths occurred in women between the ages of 50 and 79 who had less than five hours of sleep per night.
And there you have it! Nine excellent reasons to go out and get a good quality mattress so you can sleep soundly and have better health!