HERE’S TO A LONG & HEALTHY LIFE…
The 3 main requisites to health and longevity are exercise, diet and sleep. Diet and exercise are
beyond our expertise, but we can help with the sleep category. A good night’s sleep can help
The Stress Cycle
With not enough sleep, your body boosts its stress hormone levels. The brain chemicals connected with
deep (REM) sleep are the same ones that tell the body to stop producing stress hormones. When you
don’t sleep well, your body keeps producing those hormones. The next day, you feel more stressed. The
following night you find it harder to fall asleep, and so on.
While in deep sleep, your body produces extra protein molecules that can strengthen your
ability to fight infection. It also carries out the cellular repairs necessary to maintain good
health. Getting more restful sleep encourages a state of relaxation that can also help reduce
Lack of sleep can make us more agitated and more apt to snap at our loved ones. The better
you sleep, the better your ability to remain calm and upbeat. This can be especially important
while driving. We all know the term “road rage” and how poor or aggressive drivers on the road
can annoy us. Sometimes it can even escalate our own anger. Perhaps if more people just got a
few extra ZZZs at night, many of these road rage incidents could been avoided altogether.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Unfortunately, sleep won’t directly make you lose weight, but it can help you keep it under
control by regulating the hormones that affect your appetite and reducing your cravings for
high calorie foods.
Your mind is surprisingly busy while you sleep. During sleep you can strengthen memories or
"practice" skills learned while you were awake. In other words, if you’re trying to learn
something new, whether it’s Spanish or a new tennis swing, you’ll perform better after
Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research
indicates that people who get less sleep - six or fewer hours a night - have higher blood levels of
inflammatory proteins than those who get more sleep.
Adjustable Beds – Benefits:
Here are some of the top benefits of having an adjustable bed.
Alleviate Sleep Apnea, Asthma, and Snoring
Sleep apnea, asthma, and snoring are all caused by breathing problems. Using an elevated
mattress to raise the head takes weight off the windpipe, allowing for better airflow while lying
down. People who have sleep apnea or insomnia can have an improvement in blood pressure and
inflammation with treatment of the sleep disorders.
Pain and anxiety are some of the common causes of insomnia, leaving people tossing and turning
throughout the night. Adjustable bed frames have several different positions available, making it
possible to get the most comfortable, restful position.
Your blood pressure already starts to drop while you’re asleep, but you can help the process
along by setting up your bed frame to further reduce pressure. Certain position levels can help
enhance blood and oxygen flow for those with circulatory issues.
Lighten Leg Swelling
Whether you have a leg injury, are pregnant or ill, or work on your feet all day, it’s best to keep
your legs elevated to prevent swelling. When your legs lie level and inert it can cause more pain,
but an adjustable bed makes it easy to keep your legs elevated, without having to worry about
slipping off your carefully constructed pillow pile.
For those with impaired mobility, it can be tough to get in and out of bed. Raising one end of the
mattress provides a ready support for standing up or lying down in bed without help.
Lessen Acid Reflux and Heartburn
You don’t need to eat before sleeping to be affected by acid reflux or heartburn and lying on
your back allows an easy path for stomach acid to move up the esophagus. Raising the head
while sleeping can help keep stomach acid in place, giving you both better digestion and a better
Relieve Arthritis and Chronic Pain
Sleeping on a traditional mattress makes it easy to put unnecessary pressure on your joints, and
the resulting pain is even worse for those with arthritis and chronic pain. With an adjustable bed,
it’s easy to find the right position to fall asleep and to stay comfortable throughout the night and
to ease pain during the day. Raising and lowering the mattress beneath the legs in the morning
can also help stimulate blood flow.
Reduce Back Pain
Lying flat on your back doesn’t always give your back the support it needs to remain
comfortable throughout the night. You can adjust a movable bedframe to match the curve of the
body as closely as possible, easing pain and helping improve conditions like sciatica.
Whether you’re staying in bed to rest and recover, or you like to read before going to sleep, you
know how difficult it can be to position the perfect pile of pillows and keep it in place. An
adjustable bed frame turns your bed into a recliner with ease, enhancing comfort and taking away
back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Come visit us for good advice on mattresses & adjustable beds, and sleep like a baby again!
Published on February 26, 2019