How Sleep Cures Acne

So, it’s back to school time and you want to look your best. You didn’t get a great night’s sleep last night, but that’s okay. Then, upon checking your face in the mirror, you notice you’re starting to have some bumps and discoloration, and suddenly you come to the realization that you’ve broken out. That’s okay, it happens to all of us. But, is there something you can do to fix the problem?

Well, yes, just get better sleep. It may not seem that way, but a lack of quality sleep can have a profound impact on the state of your skin. For example, the lack of quality sleep causes your body to release cytokines, a hormone that tells your cells to create proteins that cause inflammation. This can massively complicate your acne situation.

Another chemical effect of the lack of a good night’s sleep is that your body will build a resistance to insulin. Insulin is very important to the body’s ability to process sugar. If the body begins to resist it, the resulting sugar buildup will cause a breakout of acne.

We all know that sleep is massively important to your body’s ability to heal itself. Sleep is when your body turns in on itself and makes repairs, realigns all of your systems, and ensures that everything is on line and ready to take on a new day. That includes the skin, and damaged skin can be a breeding ground for the bacteria that leads to acne.

The last factor we’ll look at in this equation is the fact that a lack of quality sleep causes stress. We’ve all been there. One bad night’s sleep can make everything that happens to you during the day feel like the end of the world, and unfortunately that’s not the end of it. When you nervous system senses the stress, every pattern in your body goes haywire. That includes telling large numbers of cells to release toxins. These toxins, unsurprisingly can lead to acne.

There is no question that sleep affects every part of our physical state, but often, it is hard to quantify how much and in how many ways. The simple fact is that everyone needs to set themselves up for success by getting the best night’s sleep possible. To do that, you have got to get to Mattresses 4 Less. They have an incredible collection of top notch bedding to help you get the best, most rejuvenating sleep possible.

 

Sleeping Under the Stars

As summer comes to an end, and the temperatures become bearable again, now is the perfect time for a little weekend get-a-way for some peace and quiet. You might find that straying from the city lights, and venturing off to a serene place under the starlit sky may be your destination.

Heading out to an environment without clocks, deadlines, chores, and electronics is good for one’s peace of mind, and also gives you a chance to re-calibrate your sleeping patterns that have been tossed around in the midst of the work-week sea.

Being chained to your desk and excessive urgency for electronic gadgets throughout the week are guilty as charged for your lack of sleep. The byproducts of sleep deprivation and daily stresses can result in serious health problems, decrease in production levels, and destruction of  your internal clock.

Research suggests our circadian rhythms have been a mess ever since electric lighting was introduced in the 1930’s. The comforts of modern living and technology disrupt the brains circadian rhythms (your internal clock) and abbreviate the release of natural melatonin, which explains why so many of us have a hard time falling asleep and feeling like going right back to bed as soon as we wake.

The key to resetting your body’s clock is spending some time outdoors with natural lighting. Think about it, the sun goes down, the campfire comes out, a few hours later, your body takes a shift and a new sleeping pattern has been invited. The sun comes out, and you are up preparing for the day, enjoying as much sunlight as possible until sunset. After we have been exposed to these natural cues, melatonin levels are able to rise and fall, suggesting that our brain starts to promote wakefulness or sleepiness. A quiet, countryside mini-cation may be long overdue, it’s time to disconnect from you gadgets so you can experience tranquility and restoration. Just try your best not to “tweet” about it.

 

 

 

Chill Out, Rest Easy

As you narrow down the factors to resolve your slumber mystery, you may realize your health is the common denominator behind achieving a good nights rest. Choosing the appropriate room temperature to sleep in can affect your well-being and sleep habits more than you think. Temperature can have a big impact on your health and general productivity, so it is wise to pay attention to the thermostat.

Your body temperature follows a natural pattern of highs and lows during a 24 hour period. During this occurrence, peak temperature takes place in the late afternoon and reaches a minimum a few hours prior to awakening. When you go to sleep, your brain sets a target temperature for your body to achieve, if conditions fall too far below or above it can lead to restlessness. Sleeping conditions should be slightly cooler than normal; approximately around 65-72 F range is ideal for slumber. Cooler “climate” helps assist the decrease in body temperature that in turn initiates sleepiness. Studies show that temperature regulation plays a role in many cases of chronic insomnia. For instance, insomniacs tend to have a warmer core body temperature than normal sleepers just before bed, which leads to heightened struggle to fall asleep as the body tries to reset its internal thermostat.

Sleep is typically initiated during the time when body temperature starts to rapidly drop due to increased heat loss. If you are in a cooler room, your body has an easier time adjusting it’s internal thermostat to promote the proper temperature that invites sleep.Think of your bedroom as a place of hibernation,it should be cool, quiet and dark when trying to achieve quality rest.

 

Creating an atmosphere that encourages sleep is extremely important such as keeping electronics away from your sleeping space and using your room for sleep only. (Not for studying or work) Alongside your sleep atmosphere, one of the most important items that is a necessity in your bunk room is your mattress. Invest in a heavenly sleeping atmosphere by stopping by Mattresses For Less and finding the perfect mattress for you. Don’t let your old, worn out mattress be the last thing that is holding you back from the rest your body needs.

Improve Your Quality of Sleep With Exercise

When tossing and turning becomes habitual and keeps you up at night, there are a few options you have before running to the medicine cabinet or the nearest drug store. Reevaluating your current habits and changing your behavioral ways will improve your sleep patterns, starting with exercise.

Believe it or not, tossing and turning is not a form of exercise. By regularly making exercise a priority during the day, you can lead yourself down the right path to increasing the quality of your sleeping habits.

The benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle are endless: Stress and anxiety reduction, lower risk of many life-threatening diseases, productivity and increasing the quality of your days. I am sure you are aware the profit you gain when you get enough sleep, and you are also familiar with the treacherous toll your body takes when don’t receive enough rest.

Research has proven that many insomnia-diagnosed individuals saw a drastic improvement in sleeping patterns just after a few weeks of regular exercise than those who remained sedentary. Those who noticed changes also experienced less anxiety and stress throughout the day.

To maximize the beneficial effects, it is important to properly time your exercise and sleep routine. A good workout can increase productivity, increase alertness, speed up your metabolism and energize you for the day ahead. However, performing activity less than 3 hours before hitting the hay can prevent a good night’s sleep. Exercising before bed interferes with your body temperature; body temperature rises during vigorous activity and takes as long as 6 hours to drop. Because cooler body temperatures are correlated with sleep onset, it is important to let your body cool off before you think about hopping into bed.

If one part of the body system undergoes some sort of deprivation, whether that be of food, energy, sleep, water… you’re likely to see the effects in other areas of your life. Sleep, nutrition and exercise are all linked. If the body lacks nourishment, it will lack performance during activity which effects whether you lose or gain weight, which then ties in to how you function on a daily basis.

Getting quality sleep each night is vital to operate with intention each day. To reap the benefits of a dreamy reward, commit to a healthy and active lifestyle and catch more zzz’s. Also, make sure your place of rest is a cozy one, all the way down to your mattress. If you are unsure if you are sleeping on the appropriate mattress to increase the nature of your slumber, come by Mattresses For Less where one of their friendly and knowledgable mattress experts can help find the perfect match for you. With thousands of trusted name-brands to chose from, and shipping available, you can make tonights sleep the best yet, with the start of a new lifestyle and a new mattress.

 

 

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Discovering Your Deprivation

It is not so much lack of sleep that has you tossing and turning at night, or bone-weary throughout the day. Rather, your brain activity has everything to do with your sleeping patterns, so first and foremost, one must learn to take back control of what’s been affecting you throughout all these perturbed nights. In fact, what people are deprived of more is time during the day where there is no pressure and expectations causing havoc and restlessness. Starting your day a few hours early can help manage the anxieties that creep up like little monsters under your bed that keep you fan-gazing and fast on the draw all night.

Life’s stresses will subside when you adjust your sails, so your lifestyle and habits may travel in a new, winsome direction.  Waking before the sun doesn’t necessarily seem all that flattering when you’re used to catching those last few z’s before your snooze alarm alerts you. By waking up just before dawn, you can give yourself time to create new habits. Whether that is mastering the perfect omelette, sipping coffee and catching up on some reading/TV watching, getting exercise, or whatever it may be, you can genuinely enjoy and take pride in it. What this “daylight savings time” boils down to is finding a balance. You will feel more focused and unhurried with not one single soul expecting anything from you within the next few hours.

When everyday life becomes stressful, you may find yourself thinking, “I need a break, better yet a vacation”. The ability to appreciate the task at hand and think clearly will come naturally once you learn that you don’t need to figure out the right way to take a break, allowing you to get more out of your day.

In a relentless and eager world, the second you check your email or schedule, an internal clock of new items immediately creates deadlines built on a foundation of pressure. By rising a few hours early, you can alleviate that load by taking the extra time to tackle those tasks that are sure to cut into your bedtime. This will leave you with a clear conscious and a few more hours to establish a quality sleep pattern.

To protect your newly-found slumber, it is important to make sure you are sleeping on a mattress that will keep you rested the whole night through. At Mattresses For Less, they have a large selection of trusted name brands mattresses that are available to be delivered to you at your convenience. Make tonight the best nights sleep yet and wake up every morning feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day confidently and contently.

Set an "Electronic Curfew"

It seems as though getting into bed these days doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time for bed. Rather, as soon as the sheets are pulled back, that’s the time you somehow manage to remember the email you didn’t send, the call that was never made, the text that you have been putting off or perhaps, that’s your designated catch up on the news, tv shows, or social media time. If this is your ritual, chances are, you wake up and the first thing you do, is roll over to check your device for missed calls, emails, and so fourth. Not only is this electronic-obsessed era confirming a social epidemic, but is a leading cause of sleep deprevation for a large percent nationwide.

Somehow these electronic habits have you plugged in when you should be checked out, and appears to be affecting quality slumber time in individuals who are habitual bedtime-gadget-using offenders. The light exposure from a device can disrupt the brains circadian rhythms and censor the release of natural melatonin levels that invite sleep. When you hear, see or read something that may spark excitement, fear or any type of anxiety, your brains engine ignites and its electrical activity increases. Neurons start to race, (which is the exact opposite of what should be happen when you are trying to rest) and reactions ignite to help mobilize the body’s resources, and responds by releasing cortisol creating a stimulation that is nocent to sleep.

Americans are staying up later on a consistent basis which is adjusting their internal clock. In return to this alteration, your body acclimates and physically cannot fall asleep until the “new time”. To prevent this from happening and potentially generating health issues, it is important to set an “electronic curfew” by creating a routine so that your body and mind start to know that each step, is a step closer to bed. Here are a few ideas for your appliance:

  • Get everything ready for the next day, it will put your mind at ease, and you will have a sense of accomplishment before the day has even begun.
  • Ban yourself from anything that will stimulate your brain including computers work, texting, emails, TV, etc.
  • Skip out on the news or anything stressful.
  • If you must watch television, watch reruns of a show, or a movie you have already seen that has a subtle plot.
  • Try a breathing exercise. If pray or meditation isn’t your thing, this is a great way to clear your mind of any lingering, mid-wracking thoughts.

It is amazing what a good nights rest can do for the mind and body. Begin by making small changes to your sleep schedule, and create an inviting bedtime routine to enhance your quality of rest as well your quality of life. To ensure element of sleep, make sure you are sleeping on a mattress that will keep you rested the entire night. At Mattresses For Less, they have a large selection of trusted name brands mattresses that are available to be delivered to you at your convenience. Make tonight the best nights sleep of your life with a quality mattress from Mattresses for Less!

How Much Is Too Much of a Good Thing? (Sleep)

We often think of sleep in terms of minutes or hours, instead of considering its quality. As the weekend approaches, and the amount of work days dwindle, getting more sleep is usually the first thing on our mind. You may have caught yourself saying things like, “I finally get to catch up on some sleep,” or maybe more perhaps, “I may sleep the day away!” Most of us are highly aware or have experienced the dangerous side-effects of not getting enough shut-eye. However, studies find that getting too much sleep can have similar effects and even be hazardous to your health. So the question is, “How much is too much of this good thing we call sleep?”

There is no “magic number” to put on the duration of a fair nights sleep, however research has shown the body needs approximately 6-8 hours each sleep shift. On the nights some find it necessary to “catch up on sleep” for 9+hours, they may feel exhausted upon awakening. There is the great possibility of waking up feeling foggy, and worse off than running off of 6 hours if sleep. This terrible condition that has us running for the nearest coffee shop is also know as sleep drunkenness. It plays a trick on the mind that has one hovering between a state of slumber and being awake. Not only can too much sleep hold you back from reaching full production potential throughout the day, but it can also impair attention, alertness, concentration, problem solving, and include serious health risks.

If you are among the many Americans in today’s society that can “sleep the day away”, you may want to pay close attention before hitting that snooze button again. Sleeping in every so often does not present serious health risks, however, habitually oversleeping could potentially be a factor in an underlying health problem that you may be unaware of. Over 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, low thyroid, depression, diabetes, heart disease, and hypersomnia. These may be factors that contribute to your daily drowsiness and low energy levels, and is important that you seek immediate professional care if you feel that any of these may pertain to you.

A good night’s rest is vital to your well-being based on the countless negative side-effects it can potentially have on your health. Regardless of the cause of your sleep habits, there are a few things that will help you reap the benefits of achieving your slumber potential, such as: Creating a sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time, exercise, and making your bedroom a space that invites a pleasant night’s rest, starting with finding the right mattes that will provide the comfort you need. At Mattresses For Less you can choose from their endless selection of premium mattresses, and let your body and mind understand what quality sleep feels like again!

The Chemistry Behind Sleep

We all have had those tossing, turning, exhausting nights that last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If you struggle with any type of sleep disorder you are fully aware of the negative affects it may have on your productivity and performanc in life as well as your health.

When sleep is interrupted it could be a number of things, but before you turn to a “magic” pill that promises you a rejuvenating nights rest, make sure your “biological clock” is being maintained.

A key factor in how human sleep is regulated is based on circadian rhythms which should be viewed as the master clock that controls the sleep-wake cycle. It is set by visual commands of light and darkness. Exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway to the circadian clock (Suprachiasmatic Nucleus) that tells other parts of the brain that controls hormones, body temperature and other functions that make us feel sleepy or awake.
A major hormone that is under rule by this clock is Melatonin which is a natural hormone your body produces in the Pineal Gland located in the brain.

Melatonin levels rise in the mid to late evening, making sleep more inviting. This hormone is called the “Dracula of Hormones” only coming out at night, or in dark where natural light and some artificial light can be bright enough to prevent the release of melatonin making it difficult to fall or stay asleep.

Because Melatonin is a hormone that is part of the human wake-sleep cycles, some individuals with sleep deprivation find that taking a small dose in a pill form has helped them fall asleep or stay asleep longer. Some studies also show a decrease in the time it takes to fall asleep and reduce the amount of awakenings throughout the night.

Melatonin may be helpful to shift workers on an irregular shift who need to adjust their sleeping patterns, as well as jet lag. When traveling across time zones, your body has a hard time adjusting to “home time” and the new time. Jet lag is a physical condition that can make you feel hungry, sleepy and alert all at the wrong times and is caused by a disturbance of our “master clock” (circadian rhythms) associated with sleep deprivation. For this dietary supplement to be helpful, the correct dosage, method and time of day it is taken must be appropriate. Taking it the “wrong” way may reset your biological clock in an undesirable direction.

If you suffer from any of these exhausting symptoms, there’s hope without having to turn to a prescription. You can find this natural dietary supplement in your local health food store and you can finally be on your way to the restorative nights sleep you have been dreaming of.