• Sleep and the Immune System

    A Good Night’s Sleep Can Keep the Doctor Away!

    Now that cold and flu season is officially upon us, we’re all thinking of ways we can avoid succumbing to the latest bug making the rounds. Of course, eating healthy meals, washing your hands, and getting your flu shot are all great places to start. But did you know that getting plenty of sleep can also help you stay healthy all season long – indeed, all year long?

    It’s true! Sleep is immensely important to virtually all bodily systems, and the immune system is no exception. Getting enough sleep is a simple but powerful way to keep your immune system in top form, allowing you to spend more time doing the things you love to do.

    Here are just a few ways that the amount of sleep you get affects your immune system.

    Lack of sleep depresses the immune system.

    It’s true that the immune system is complex, with multiple moving parts. But one thing scientists have observed in multiple studies is that when a person is sleep deprived, the number of T-cells in their bloodstream goes down. T-cells are the white blood cells that seek out and destroy bacteria and viruses. When you have fewer T-cells, your immune system can’t respond as well to the germs that sneak past the body’s other defenses.

    In addition to this, another type of cell, inflammatory cytokines, increase in number when a person doesn’t get enough sleep. An increase in inflammation can lead to certain kinds of tissue damage. This combines with the lack of T-cells to make a person more susceptible to coming down with any number of diseases, including colds and the flu.

    Not sleeping well can reduce fever response.

    Of course, nobody wants to experience a fever. It’s uncomfortable and generally miserable. But here’s the thing: fevers are the body’s way of fighting off an infection, turning up the heat to slowly let the germs cook. Many parents who have sat up with a sick child have noticed that fevers tend to go up at night. This is a good thing! The body is taking advantage of the time when a person is at rest to go about the business of fighting off an infection.

    Because of this, if you do get sick, it’s especially important to get plenty of sleep. Sleeping well will help your body to fight off the infection, allowing you to bounce back faster.

    There’s no need to get extra sleep to help your immune system.

    If you’re already sleeping the right amount of time (seven to nine hours for adults, nine to eleven hours for teens), you’re good to go. As with so many other things in life, boosting your immune system through sleep is all about balance. You don’t have to go overboard; you just have to develop healthy habits.

    And if you’re generally short of sleep? Fall is a great time to get back on a regular sleep schedule. After all, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. You might as well use that increased darkness to get some shut-eye.

    Of course, if it’s your mattress that’s holding you back from getting a good night’s sleep, know that your friends here at Mattress One are here to help. We can make sure that you have the right mattress for your sleep style and comfort level. Stop by today to find the right mattress for you!

  • Back Pain and Your Mattress

    Waking Up Creaky and Achy? Your Mattress May Be to Blame!

    Does this describe you? Morning after morning, you wake up to a dull ache in your back. You sit on the mattress for a minute; you stretch. You shake the sleep out of your head and get up to start your day. By the time you’re done with your morning workout, shower, and the rest of your routine, the back pain is gone – until the next day, of course, when it starts again.

    You might think that you’re just getting old(er). You might think that the back pain comes from too much time sitting in an office chair. You might not think about the pain at all once it goes away.

    But have you ever thought that maybe your mattress is responsible for the pain?

    It’s a fact: old, worn-out mattresses can cause back pain.

    All mattresses get old eventually, and when they do, they usually send their owners a few telltale signs that it’s time to go mattress shopping. As a mattress ages, it becomes less supportive, often starting to sag in the middle. Pressure points increase, and it’s hard to maintain proper sleeping posture. This can lead to back pain.

    How can you tell if your mattress is behind your back pain?

    Back pain is a huge medical problem – approximately 31 million Americans are suffering from it right now, and up to 80% of us will experience back problems at some point. And there are many different causes of back pain, ranging from accidents and injuries to arthritis, poor posture, and even some types of cancer. If you’re experiencing back pain, it’s not always easy to tell whether your mattress is to blame or you have another medical problem.

    One of the first things you should do, of course, is to talk to your doctor. Based on your medical history, your doctor might want to order certain tests to rule out potentially serious medical problems. But if the cause isn’t an obvious medical problem, then you might want to look more closely at your mattress.

    Consider the following:

    • How old is your mattress? If it’s more than 8-10 years old, then it’s time for a new mattress, no matter what is ultimately causing your back pain. • When does your back hurt? If your back tends to hurt first thing in the morning, with the pain going away relatively quickly, that’s another sign your mattress is the cause of your back pain. • Do you wake up tossing and turning? If the discomfort won’t let you get an uninterrupted night’s sleep, then you should definitely consider a new mattress. • Do you sleep better away from home? Waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when you’re anywhere but your home sweet home is a sure sign that your mattress needs to go.

    If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, then you know it’s time to go mattress shopping. And here at Mattress One, we’re eager to help you get started. Our mattress experts can help you find the mattress that feels the most comfortable to you.

    Say goodbye to creaky, achy back pain, and say hello to a new mattress! All of us here at Mattress One hope to see you soon.

  • Tick-Tock Goes the Body Clock

    Learn more about the circadian rhythm and how it helps you sleep.

    Do you go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day? Do you notice that you tend to feel drowsy at certain times of the day and wide awake at other times? If so, you have your circadian rhythm to thank for this.

    The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour sleep/wake cycle that’s found in most living beings – not just humans, but also animals, plants, and even fungi and some bacteria. In humans, its effects can be measured in hormone production, body temperature changes, and of course, sleepiness and wakefulness. Without your circadian rhythm, you’d find it much harder to go to sleep and be awake at the proper times.

    Learn more about how the circadian rhythm works and what you can do to keep it working well below!

    How does the circadian rhythm work?

    The circadian rhythm allows you to keep a consistent sleep/wake cycle even when you don’t have access to outside stimuli, like clocks and the lightening and darkening sky. The rhythm itself is run by a cluster of 20,000 nerves in the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN. This is the body’s “master clock.”

    The SCN controls the hormone production, body temperature changes, and more that get you through your routine each and every day. One of the most important things it does is receive light information from the eyes. As night draws in and the light dims, your SCN tells the pineal gland to start producing melatonin. This is the hormone that makes you sleepy at night.

    Most of the time, the SCN runs your circadian rhythm so unobtrusively that you don’t even notice it. You don’t think of it as a complex biological and chemical process; to you, it’s just your routine. It’s only when the circadian rhythm gets disrupted that you start to notice negative effects. These range from feeling grouchy or groggy after an episode of jet lag to diseases such as diabetes, obesity, seasonal affective disorder, depression, and bipolar disorder.

    How can you keep your circadian rhythm working well?

    Routine is the key to a well-functioning circadian rhythm. Try to go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day – even on the weekends. Make sure you’re getting a full night’s sleep every night (seven to nine hours for adults). Practice good sleep hygiene, like banishing screens from the bedroom. The bright light from televisions, tablets, and cell phones can confuse the SCN and interfere with the production of melatonin, which can make it harder to sleep.

    The other important thing you can do is monitor your circadian rhythm and bring up any changes to your doctor. To a certain extent, the circadian rhythm is outside our conscious control. If you find yourself suffering from insomnia or an irregular sleep/wake schedule, the best thing you can do is consult with your doctor. He or she may be able to find and treat the underlying cause so you can get back on track.

    Let the folks at Mattress One help!

    While we’re certainly not doctors, all of us here at Mattress One understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. We also know you won’t be getting that kind of sleep on your lumpy old mattress! If you find your mattress is keeping you up at night, don’t waste another day. Come to Mattress One and find your perfect mattress today.

  • You Say "Ultra Firm," I Say "Ultra Plush"

    Let's Not Call the Whole Thing Off

    You and your partner agree on so much, from the little things, like what movie to see on a Saturday night, to the big things, like what you both want in life. The only sticking point? You can’t seem to agree on a mattress, and you’re both losing sleep over it.

    Relax! Here at Mattress One, we see this kind of problem all the time. We promise that having trouble finding a mattress that's comfortable for both of you doesn't mean that your relationship is doomed. It also doesn’t mean that you have to shell out for a pricey adjustable bed or make do with twin beds on opposite sides of the room, like a couple in a 1950s sitcom.

    Instead, the secret to finding a great mattress for both of you is the same secret that's gotten you this far in your relationship: compromise. And we have the tools and knowledge to help you do just that.

    First, find out why you can’t find a mattress that fits both of you.

    Knowledge is power in many things in life, and that includes mattress-buying. The reasons why your partner wants a hard-as-a-board mattress while you prefer to feel like you're sleeping on a cloud often have to do with your sleep style. Side sleepers prefer different kinds of mattresses than back sleepers and so on. See our post on Sleep Style & Your Mattress for more details. Differences in height, weight, and body structure also play a role in determining which mattresses will feel most comfortable to which people.

    Once you know why each of you prefers the kind of mattress you do, it'll be easier to narrow down your search in the hope of finding the perfect mattress.

    Next, consider hybrid mattress forms.

    Even if you discover that you and your partner are polar opposites in terms of sleep style and "meeting in the middle" only makes you both miserable, you still have options! For instance, a firm mattress with a pillow top could give the softness one partner craves while still providing the support the other partner needs. Memory foam toppers (especially in twin XL size) can also help one partner get softness while the other gets support. Finally, certain manufacturers of memory foam and latex foam mattresses will create mattresses that are more supportive on one side and softer on the other, allowing you and your partner to both get what you want.

    If all else fails, remember this: two twins equal one king.

    No, we're not talking about the plot to The Man in the Iron Mask. It’s a simple fact that if you put two twin XL mattresses together, they take up the same amount of space as a single king-sized bed. (A twin Xl mattress is 38” x 80”, while a king mattress is 76" x 80".) If your bedroom can fit a king-sized bed, this could be the way to go. Once your bed is piled with sheets, blankets, comforters and pillows, nobody will know that you and your partner are sleeping on twin mattresses – except, of course, you and your partner, both snoozing peacefully and in perfect comfort.

    Stop in today!

    The best way to find the perfect mattress for you and your partner is to visit Mattress One. We have hundreds of mattresses from all the best brands. And remember, with our 180-day in-home trial*, we give you plenty of time to make sure the mattress really works for both of you and send it back to us if it doesn’t. Check out our offerings today, and be sure to get ready for a great night's sleep for years to come!

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  • What Is Sleep?

    What Are You Doing When You Catch Some Z's?

    Have you ever really sat down and thought about what sleep actually is?

    Most people haven't. They certainly know when they haven't had enough sleep, and most people have a decent idea of how much sleep they need to function. Beyond that, it's simply a fact of life. You turn the lights down, snuggle under the covers, close your eyes, and off you go.

    But although sleep might seem simple, it's a complex biological process that is absolutely necessary for life. To help you learn more, we've put together this quick primer on what sleep is and why you need it so much.

    What Sleep Is

    You might think that sleep is a passive, dormant state – when your brain shuts down (or goes into sleep mode!) and only those bodily functions that are necessary for life continue to happen. This actually isn't the case. When you sleep, your brain, eyes, and some muscles can be very active.

    Sleep happens when certain neurotransmitters in the brain signal that it's time to fall asleep. Once you lie down and turn off the light, your body goes through several sleep stages. Stage 1 is the lightest sleep, characterized by drifting in and out of sleep, slow eye movement, and some muscle activity. Stage 2 sleep is deeper. Eye movement stops, and brain wave activity slows. Once you move into stage 3 sleep, your brain starts to give off delta waves (extremely slow brain waves), and in stage 4, your brain gives off delta waves exclusively. Stages 3 and 4 together are known as deep sleep. After you've moved through stage 4, you might slip into rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This is when dreaming occurs.

    A full sleep cycle will last anywhere from 90 to 110 minutes, which is obviously less than a full night's sleep. You go through a few sleep cycles each night, with the length of each stage varying depending on the time of night. Most deep sleep occurs earlier in the night. By morning, you should be spending all your time in stage 1, stage 2, and REM sleep – which is what leads to those strange dreams we all have when we wake up!

    Why Sleep Is Important

    Put simply, sleep is necessary for life. All animals with complex brains do it, and missing sleep can be deadly. In fact, scientists studying rats have found that complete sleep deprivation can kill rats in as little as 3 weeks (as opposed to their normal lifespan of 2-3 years). Even just depriving rats of REM sleep can lead to death in 5 weeks.

    In humans, missing sleep can result in all kinds of negative consequences. We've already talked about the signs of sleep deprivation in a previous post, but here's a quick review: Losing sleep can lead to weight gain, depression, increased risk-taking behavior, skin breakouts, and a depressed immune system.

    With all of that in mind, you can see why it's best to put the coffee down, turn off the TV, and grab some shut-eye when you can!

    How We Can Help

    Since sleep is so important, it's extra important to make sure you have a mattress that allows you to get the most restful sleep possible. If your current mattress isn't doing the job, come to Mattress One to find a new one! We'll make sure you go home with the best mattress for your needs, at a price that fits your budget. Visit us today to start shopping.

  • Foam or Innerspring: Which is Best for You

    Choosing The Right Comfort Level

    One of the first things you need to determine when you're shopping for a new mattress is what type of mattress you want to buy. There are a number of different types of mattresses on the market, but two of the most popular are memory foam mattresses and innerspring mattresses. Many consumers find that they'll choose between these two for their ultimate comfort.

    What are the differences between these mattresses, and which is right for you? Only you can answer the latter question, but we can help with the former! Keep reading to learn more about memory foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses, and the pros and cons of each type.

    What Are Memory Foam Mattresses?

    Foam mattresses are constructed using certain types of memory foam to provide a supportive yet comfortable surface. There are a number of different types of foam mattresses, including memory foam (viscoelastic), polyurethane, and gel. These types of mattresses vary widely in terms of how they are constructed and the type of support, feel, and heat properties they offer.

    Foam Mattress Pros

    First, let's talk comfort. Many people find that since memory foam mattresses conform to the body, they produce the most comfortable night's sleep. They reduce pressure points, keep the spine in proper alignment, and can even reduce lower back pain over time. Foam mattresses can also be constructed with hypoallergenic materials, and they don't collect as many dust mites, so people with allergies or respiratory problems might find they're able to breathe more easily. Finally, memory foam mattresses are very quiet and don't transfer motion between partners.

    Foam Mattress Cons

    Of course, no mattress is perfect, and foam mattresses have their downsides. Foam mattresses can be unusually sensitive to climate, becoming softer in warm climates and harder in cold ones. They can also retain heat more than a traditional mattress would. The mattresses can be very heavy, though on the plus side, you don't need to flip them. Lastly, foam mattresses can often be one of the more expensive options on the market, which turns many consumers off.

    What Are Innerspring Mattresses?

    An innerspring mattress is often known as a traditional mattress. These mattresses use a number of steel springs to provide support for sleepers. There are many different types of innerspring mattresses, and their construction varies widely. Some have individually wrapped pocket-coil springs, while others have all the springs connected in a single unit. Innerspring mattresses also vary in the type of upholstery, padding, and other materials they use to provide comfort to the sleeper.

    Innerspring Mattress Pros

    Let's start with the obvious: innerspring mattresses are what most people think of when they think of a mattress, so innerspring mattresses are available just about everywhere. There are tons of options on the market, and the product is well-established. Consumers can choose the firmness that fits them best. Innerspring mattresses also tend to be less expensive than other types, although there are certainly pricier options out there if you want the highest-quality mattress money can buy.

    Innerspring Mattress Cons

    Even the tried-and-true innerspring mattresses have their cons. First of all, innerspring mattresses often transfer motion. If you or your partner is a restless sleeper, the other person will feel every toss and turn. The steel coils can become squeaky as time goes on, and the material supported by the coils can start to sag. Because of this, innerspring mattresses tend not to last as long – and flipping the mattress to improve longevity doesn't work with more recent models, since many modern innerspring models are built in specific layers in order to combat sagging.

    Which Is Right for You?

    There's only one way to know which type of mattress will work best for your needs: stop into Mattress One and try a few out! You will know the second you lie down on the perfect mattress for your needs. Visit us today to find it

  • Your Guide to Mattress Sizes

    Twin, Full, Queen or King?

    The size of mattress you pick will depend on the size of the room it’ll be placed in and how many people will be sleeping on it. But in order to make the best decision, you’ll want to know the exact dimensions you’ll be working with, as well as the pros and cons of each mattress size. That’s why we’ve created this handy guide to mattress sizes. We want to make sure that the next time you come into our store, you’ll be armed with the right information.

    Learn more about the different sizes below, and be sure to give us a call or just stop by if you need any help finding the right size mattress for your home.


    Dimensions: 38” x 75”

    Where to Use: Fit for a single sleeper, twin beds are perfect for kids’ rooms, especially young kids who have just outgrown their cribs. The compact size makes it easy for even a small room to feel big (especially when paired with a young child’s imagination). Parents also like these mattresses because they can be used on daybeds and bunk beds, giving them more options in tight spaces.

    Twin XL

    Dimensions: 38” x 80”

    Where to Use: Like a regular twin mattress, a twin XL is really only big enough to sleep one. However, those five extra inches of legroom can come in quite handy for adults and taller adolescents! College dormitories also tend to favor these mattresses, as they’re long enough for even the lankiest basketball players but still narrow enough to fit in the dorm.


    Dimensions: 53” x 75”

    Where to Use: A full bed is a bit wider than a twin, but it’s really quite a squeeze for two. Most couples wouldn’t like sleeping on a full bed night after night, unless space is really tight. The lack of legroom can also cramp many adults’ style. Because of this, full beds are best recommended for children and teenagers. They can also be a great option for guest rooms.


    Dimensions: 60” x 80”

    Where to Use: Plenty wide for two and long enough for even the tallest, queen beds are a great compromise mattress for couples with relatively small bedrooms. Because queen beds are relatively narrow, it’s easier to squeeze two nightstands, a dresser, or other furniture into the bedroom, making the most out of every inch of space. Single sleepers also love queen beds, as it gives them plenty of space to stretch out at night while not cramping their style during the day.


    Dimensions: 76” x 80”

    Where to Use: When partners want lots of space to stretch out at night, the king bed is the right pick! King beds are especially great in hot, sticky climates, as both partners can retreat to their end of the bed in order to savor those blessed last cool inches of the mattress. Of course, couples who choose a mattress this big need to have a big bedroom. Otherwise, they might have to make compromises on their other bedroom furniture.

    California King

    Dimensions: 72” x 84”

    Where to Use: As you might guess, the California king is especially popular in the state of California. It’s actually slightly smaller than the regular king bed in terms of total area, but most couples don’t really notice the lack of space. This mattress size is great for bedrooms that are longer than they are wide and for very tall sleepers. California king sleepers just need to be careful when selecting bedding, as regular king size sheets and blankets won’t fit on this mattress.

  • Sleep and the Muscles

    Why a Good Night's Rest Makes Such a Difference for Your Muscles

    Let’s admit it: when you think of sleep and your muscles, you’re probably thinking about how you work hard during the day and feel fine, but tired, when you crash into bed at night. Then, when you wake up the next morning, your muscles are protesting everything you put them through the day before.

    It’s true that muscle pain in the morning can be common, but that’s no reason to skimp on getting enough sleep – especially after a long, hard day. Whatever temporary pain you might face pales in comparison to the benefits you’ll get when you stick to a consistent sleep schedule night after night. Don’t believe us? Here are just a few ways getting a good night’s sleep helps your muscles.

    Your muscles completely relax during sleep.

    During your non-rapid eye movement sleep, your muscles relax, and when your sleep schedule moves to rapid eye movement sleep, your muscles go atonic. This is complete relaxation and lack of muscle tone similar to paralysis. (The exceptions to this are your diaphragm, which controls your breathing, and your eye muscles.) There’s a good reason for this atonia: if your muscles aren’t moving, you won’t move in potentially dangerous ways, like falling off the bed. Your chances of disturbing your partner are also much reduced.

    Your muscles recover and regenerate when you sleep.

    You might be asleep, but your body is very busy while you’re catching those z’s. Your body will naturally secrete growth hormones as you sleep. This lets your cells go to work, repairing and regenerating portions of your muscles that were strained and injured during the day. A good night’s sleep might not cure everything, but it can certainly give your body the time it needs to cure itself.

    Your body uses nutrients more efficiently when you sleep.

    Trying to build muscle mass? In addition to training and eating a healthy diet, make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep at night. Sleep is the time when your body can put all the nutrients you absorbed during the day to work. Because your body is completely relaxed, the nutrients can now be used to repair and build muscle mass. It’s a great way to complement your training during the day, and the best part is, you don’t have to do anything!

    When you sleep, your brain recharges.

    In order to meet just about any health goal, the first organ you have to pay attention to is your brain. So whether you’re actively building muscle or just trying to stay healthy and active, sleep’s recharging effect on the brain is paramount. The more alert you are, the easier you’ll find it to put in those extra reps, go for that run, or lug that box of books up the stairs.

    Given how essential sleep is to building muscle and keeping your body fit and strong, it just makes sense to make sure that your mattress isn’t working against you when you try to sleep. If your mattress is lumpy, squeaky, or poking you in all the wrong places, then it’s time for a new one! We here at Mattress One would love to help you find the perfect mattress to help you meet your health goals. Visit us today to find your next mattress!

  • Your Guide to Common Mattress Terms

    A Quick Glossary to Help Your Mattress Shopping

    Ultra-plush, firm, innerspring, hybrid – the minute you step inside a mattress store, you're bombarded with terms you may have never heard before. How are you supposed to find the right mattress for your needs when you and the sales associate don't even seem to be speaking the same language?

    Worry not! We've assembled this handy list of common terms used to describe mattress comfort and construction. The next time you go mattress shopping, you can walk through the store with confidence. Now you'll know exactly what you’re talking about, which will help you find exactly what you need!

    Mattress Comfort

    Ultra Plush Soft: This is the softest type of mattress available. It's truly like sleeping on a cloud! Often these mattresses even come with pillowtops (an extra layer of fluffy padding) to make them even softer.

    Plush Soft: These mattresses offer relaxing softness with just the right amount of support. Sometimes they too can come with pillowtops for added relaxation.

    Cushion Firm: This mattress is great for someone who knows they need support but loves the added comfort of a soft mattress. Cushion firm mattresses are true middle-of-the-road mattresses, which also make them a great choice for couples with divergent sleeping needs and styles.

    Firm: If you want to feel like you're floating on top of the mattress rather than sinking into it, a firm mattress is for you! These mattresses offer great support, and sleepers won’t sink too far into them.

    Ultra Firm: These mattresses are about as firm as it gets. When you're sleeping on an ultra firm mattress, you can forget about sinking deep into the mattress. These mattresses are great for people who need a lot of support as they sleep.

    Mattress Construction

    Traditional Innerspring: A traditional innerspring mattress is made of tightly coiled steel springs covered in layers of soft fabric and padding. The springs provide support and the bouncy feel you get when first sitting or lying on the mattress.

    Individual Pocketed Coils: Pocketed coils start with traditional steel springs, but wrap each spring in its own fabric coil. This helps to reduce motion transfer across the bed – great if your partner is a restless sleeper or has to get up earlier than you do.

    Hybrid: Most mattresses can be placed in one of two categories: foam mattresses or innerspring mattresses. Hybrid mattresses combine both materials. They’re usually constructed with a steel support system with some type of foam used as an added comfort system.

    Memory Foam: Memory foam mattresses are constructed from special viscoelastic foam. This foam conforms to your body as you sleep, cradling you and providing support in all the right places. Just like traditional innerspring mattresses, though, they can come in different firmnesses for different styles of sleepers.

    Gel Foam: Gel foam mattresses make use of a gel in the construction of the mattress, either in the support system or the upholstery layers (or both). This gel can be used to provide extra support, create a softer feel, or make the mattress cooler to sleep on.

    Have More Questions?

    Don't worry – at Mattress One, we understand that not everyone lives and breathes mattresses the way we do! We’re happy explain all the industry terms we use in order to help you find the right mattress. So what are you waiting for? Visit us today to start shopping!

  • Signs of Sleep Deprivation

    How to Tell if You Aren't Getting Enough Sleep

    The science is in – all adults should be getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night. But with our fast-paced lives, it's hard to carve out that much time to sleep every night. Plus, everybody is different. Even if you’re doing your best to follow the best health guidelines, how can you be certain if you’re getting enough sleep?

    Luckily, our bodies have some great early-warning systems to help us know if we’re not getting enough sleep. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your daily life, make sure to rework your schedule to make getting more shut-eye a priority.

    A quick caveat: pulling the occasional all-nighter to finish a project from work or to soothe a cranky toddler shouldn't have any long-term effects, even if you do feel miserable the next day. We're talking about prolonged lack of sleep here, which has been linked to consequences like cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.

    1. You're hungry all the time.

    Your body has two main sources of energy: food and sleep. If you aren’t getting enough energy from one, your body will try to make it up with the other. So if you find yourself constantly reaching for that extra cupcake, it might be time to cut back on dessert and spend more time looking at the inside of your eyelids.

    2. Your self-control is slipping.

    Lacking sleep already makes you crave more food – especially sugary, fatty food that you should be eating sparingly. But you might find that you're becoming more impulsive and less inhibited in other ways. If you find that your temper is always close to fraying or that risky behaviors seem like a good idea, that’s a sign you should get more sleep.

    3. You’re tripping, bumping into things, and acting like a klutz.

    It's true that while some people are blessed with exceptional balance, others … aren't. But if you find that you’re suddenly tripping over every crack in the sidewalk and constantly bumping into things, you might simply be tired. Seemingly ordinary tasks like walking up a flight of stairs take a lot of neural processing and fine motor control. When you’re sleep deprived, you simply don’t have the energy to tackle those tasks the way you used to.

    4. You’re constantly getting sick.

    When you don’t get enough sleep, your body has a significantly harder time fighting off infections. This means that diseases that your body might have been able to completely clear out without you experiencing any symptoms can now turn you into a sniffling, sneezing mess. Rest is one of the best cures for illness, so take this as your sign to get some shut-eye.

    5. Your skin isn't looking as good as it should.

    After all, there is a reason why it’s called "beauty sleep"! When you sleep, your body produces collagen, which keeps your skin plump and smooth. Lack of sleep can also result in to more estrogen circling through your system, which can lead to acne breakouts. So if your skin is acting like a teenager's or you notice more wrinkles than you should, it's time to reevaluate your sleep habits.

    Of course, once you decide to get more sleep, you might find that it’s easier said than done – especially if your mattress is working against you. Luckily, the experts here at Mattress One have the right solution for your bedtime woes. Stop in today to shop our selection of high-quality mattresses. We’ll sure to find the right mattress to send you peacefully into dreamland in no time!

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