Fall Asleep Fast

Fall Asleep Fast

                Falling asleep quickly is almost everyone’s wish.  How about a full night of restful and comfortable sleep with no tossing or turning.  How many of you are constantly fluffing that pillow or feel restless when you lay down?  Unfortunately this blog will not answer the age old question of how to fall sleep quickly but we can offer some great advice.23

The first and most basic step is acquiring a comfortable mattress.  There are numerous types of mattresses so it is best to do your research and find the one that fits your preferences.  The days of choosing between a hard or soft mattress are gone.  The home bedroom market is full of different products and materials.  This is why it’s important to do your research as well as view our website.  Why do we say that?  Mattresses For Less just doesn’t pick any mattress to sell.  We do our own research into the product making sure the product works as advertised and that its cost is proportionate with its consumer value.  Here are a few mattresses that have great prices and reviews:

Once you find a comfortable mattress be strict about going to bed on time.  For example, get into bed Monday through Friday at 10:30 pm and envision your falling asleep at 10:45 every night.  Eventually your body will get use to this routine and automatically tell itself that it’s time to sleep.  One other small tip is moving your mobile phone away from the nightstand.  You will be surprised how many people feel flustered that they can’t fall asleep and feel like they need to make use of this time.  They will grab their phone and check their email and social media.  It’s best to leave it until the morning.sert

Restful sleep is within your grasp.  It just takes some new tools and patience.  We can ensure you that once you feel a full night’s sleep you will be glad you spent your time, energy, and money to achieve it.

Naps and Brain Benefits

475981169-smallNapping can have great benefits for your brain and body, but sometimes after waking up a from a nap, you feel groggy and almost as if you are more tired than you were before taking the nap. When you sleep for too long during a nap, you fall into a stage of sleep that is difficult to get out of.

Sleep experts suggest that taking a 10 to 20 minute power nap can give you a quick burst of alertness and mental clarity when you don’t have much time. This length limits you to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement sleep, making it easier to get moving after waking up.

Studies show that sleeping for 30 minutes may cause sleep inertia, a hangover-like groggy feeling that can last for up to 30 minutes after waking up, before the nap’s restorative benefits become apparent.

60 minute long naps are best for improvement in remembering facts, faces and names. Hour long naps include “slow-wave” sleep which is the deepest type. The downside for sleeping this long is some grogginess upon waking up.

A full cycle of sleep is 90 minutes long, which includes the lighter and deeper stages, REM sleep and the dreaming stage. 90 minute long naps can lead to improved emotional and procedural memory and creativity. A nap of this length is typically easier to wake up from as well.

If you plan on taking shorter naps, it helps to sit up slightly as it will allow you to avoid falling into a deeper sleep. If you dream during these power naps, then it could be a sign that you are sleep deprived and need to get more hours of quality sleep each night.

Alternate Sleep Cycles

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Most people believe that there is only one way to sleep: go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. This is called a monophasic sleep cycle, which is actually 1 of 5 major sleep cycles used throughout history. The other 4 cycles are considered “polyphasic sleep cycles” because they require multiple naps to be taken throughout the day.

The most important part of every sleep cycle is the Stage 4 REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which provides the benefits of sleeping the brain needs above all other stages. When changing over to a polyphasic cycle, the lack of sleep tricks the body into entering REM sleep immediately, instead of approximately an hour later like in monophasic sleep.

Uberman Cycle

The Uberman Cycles requires 20-30 naps every 4 hours, resulting in 6 naps each day. This cycle is highly efficient and usually results in feeling healthy and refreshed. Many Uberman-users report increased ability to lucid dream as well. Because this schedule is so rigid, it’s impossible to miss naps without feeling extremely tired.

Everyman Cycle

This cycle has one longer “core” nap that is supplemented with several 20-30 minute naps. The most successful cycles can include one 3 hour nap and three 20-minute naps or one 1.5 hour nap with four or five  20-minute naps. This cycle is easier to adjust to than the Uberman, and allows for more flexibility in nap times and in skipping naps when necessary.

Dymaxion Cycle

This cycle was invented by Bucky Fuller based on his belief that we all have two energy tanks: the first is easy to replenish whereas the second tank (second wind) is much harder to replenish. He began sleeping for 30 minutes every 6 hours (only 2 hours of sleep a day!) and reported feeling “the most vigorous and alter condition I have ever enjoyed.” This is by far the most extreme of the 4 polyphasic sleep cycles, but also the most efficient.

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Biphasic/Siesta Cycle

The biphasic cycle consists of sleeping for 4-4.5 hours a night, and then taking a 90 minute nap around noon. It’s not very different from the monophasic sleep cycle, but still more efficient.

If you’re considering switching to an alternate sleep cycles, eating healthy meals and avoiding fatty foods can make the adjustment much easier. It’s also a good idea to ask your doctor before switching to an alternate sleep cycle. Make sure you have 2-3 hours of freedom to adjust to the cycle so work or school are not affected by the change.

Physical and Mental Benefits of Sleep

We do it, or should be doing it, each night, but why? Why is it important? Why do we need it? Sleep. It plays such a vital role in our health and well-being and often times we overlook its importance and skip or shorten the time we should be resting.

The way we feel, mental and physical, is directly associated with getting enough sleep each night. Getting enough sleep each night can help protect your physical and mental health, quality of life and safety.

When you don’t receive enough sleep, it is called “Sleep Deficiency” and its effects can be felt at any point. Whether it be something instantaneous, such as a car crash, or felt over time, such as a chronic health problem, trouble thinking, interacting with others, learning ability or reaction time.

Healthy Brain Function and Emotional Well-Being

One of the most important benefits of sleep is healthy brain function and your emotional well-being. While you are sleeping, your brain is recharging, preparing for the next time you are awake and is working on forming new paths to help you learn and remember information.

There have been numerous studies that show a proper night’s sleep improves learning capacity, problem solving skills, helps you pay attention, make decisions and even be more creative. Have you ever woken up from a nap or a night’s sleep with a great idea?

Physical Health

Sleep also plays a large role in your overall physical health. It is involved in the healing and repair of your heart, blood vessels and muscles. Sleep deficiency puts you at an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.

Obesity is another risk of sleep deficiency. Sleep regulates and maintains a healthy balance of hormones that give the sensations of hunger or being full. When you don’t sleep you feel more hungry and this might cause you to overeat increasing your weight gain and eventually cause obesity.

Sleep also regulates how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose level. When you don’t sleep it can cause a higher blood sugar level which can put you at risk for diabetes.

A healthy immune system is aided by the gain of proper, restful sleep. Sleep deficiency can change the way your immune system reacts and in some cases you may find yourself having trouble fighting common infections.

Daytime Performance and Safety

Quality sleep each night aids your daily function throughout the day. Not sleeping can cause you to become less productive at school, work and home. You take longer to finish tasks, make more mistakes, have trouble processing, and have slower reaction times.

Studies have shown that losing 1 to 2 hours of sleep each night, your ability to function suffers as if you haven’t slept for at all for a day and can lead to microsleep. Microsleep are brief moments of sleep that occur when you are normally awake and you may not even be aware of it.

Drowsy driving has been documented as being as bad if not worse than drunk driving. It has been estimated that nearly 100,000 car accidents each year that result in nearly 1,500 deaths are caused by drowsy driving.

Sleep deficiencies have been linked to depression, suicide and risk-taking behavior. Furthermore, children who are sleep deficient have shown problems getting along with others, anger outbursts, impulsive behavior, mood swings, depression, lack of motivation and have trouble paying attention in school or to their parents.

These are all very serious problems that you can reduce your risk of simply by sleeping the proper amount each night. The dangers are real and imminent and should be take seriously.

At Mattresses For Less we take sleep seriously and it is our number one priority to supply our customers with the most comfortable sleep available to them. We have a trained and knowledgeable staff at each of our 5 Houston, Texas locations dedicated to pairing you with a mattress that will help you sleep more comfortably and soundly each and every night.

Visit today and lie down on any of our in-store inventory so you can feel which mattress is right for you. We are Houston’s Adjustable Bed headquarters and offer a massive inventory of top named mattress brands including Serta, Simmons, Restonic, Spring Air, Comforpedic, and iComfort.