According to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), over two-thirds of women relate their sleep problems with stress. Yet, when pressed for time, more than half of the women polled said that sleep is the first and foremost thing they give up.
Unfortunately, this is an all too common example of the short term gain, long term pain philosophy that is becoming more and more common in our overscheduled lives. Stress leads to a loss of sleep and a loss of sleep leads to an increase in stress, which then becomes a vicious cycle.
Sleep is a primary human need, and when we don’t get enough of it, just about every facet of our functioning is affected. We tend to move slower. We are less productive. We are more irritable.
We tend to make poor decisions. We tend to forget things. And all of these problems are worsened as we lose more and more sleep. To improve the sleep quality, it is important we use innovative materials, which allow us optimum sleeping comfort.
Talking to Financial Express Online on the issue, Anil Gupta, Chairman, Thomsen Germany, says, “We must use mattresses which are ergonomic. Use sleeping aids which are tailor made to your requirements.”
Why is sleep so important?
Because it’s the only block of time in our hectic lives that our bodies have a chance to recharge. Although our bodies are resting (hopefully) while we sleep, our brains aren’t. In fact, our brain is always active. Sleep is the time when our bodies and brains replenish themselves. This gets accomplished through what sleep experts call our “sleep architecture,” a relatively predictable pattern that occurs in ninety minute cycles while we sleep.
It is a changing pattern of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep. The point is if something has to be compromised from your to-do list, the last thing it should be is sleep.