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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!
Posted in Mattress by Mattress One : November 13, 2017| Comments Off
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.
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.
Posted in Mattress by Mattress One : November 9, 2017| Comments 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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