We all know that we need to get a good night’s sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Most of us know sleeping well also improves concentration. But few are aware that sleep has a strong impact on so many important aspects of our lives we are constantly striving to improve. We have compiled the top 5 New Year’s resolutions (according to statisticbrain.com) and reviewed how Texas Mattress Makers can help you achieve your goals in 2016.
1. Staying Fit and Healthy
Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan, a fact that is little wonder when you consider the positive effects quality sleep can have on the immune system. Sleep also reduces stress and the risk of heart disease by 34%. According to Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, “Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure. It’s also believed that sleep affects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease.”
2. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
One night without sleep provides the functionality of a blood alcohol content of 0.08, or in other words, acting as though you are legally drunk. This can dramatically inhibit your ability to enjoy life to the fullest. Sleep deprivation also inhibits our ability to empathize with other people and can dramatically affect your mood. Allison T. Siebern, PhD, a Fellow in the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center asserts that “Over time, impaired memory, mood, and other functions become a chronic way of life. In the long term, this can affect your job or relationships.” Unless your idea of living life to the fullest involves living as a hermit, you may want to consider your sleep habits a top priority this year.
3. Spend Less, Save More
Given the benefits of quality sleep, a new mattress is a MUST if your current mattress isn’t providing the comfort and support your body needs. If a mattress is on your list to buy this year, Texas Mattress Makers can help you spend less money in 2016. In addition to our everyday low prices which are at least half of the price compared to typical retail stores, we are offering a New Years Sale. Save 10% off when you shop in our showroom! We also have several King Size mattress specials.
4. Getting Organized
Organizing is often a daunting, energy consuming task, even for the Martha Stewarts among us. In addition to improved concentration, proper sleep leads to higher energy levels. A Stanford University study found that college football players who dramatically increased their sleep for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and increased stamina. The right mattress could be the difference between starting your day energized and wanting to spend the rest of the day on the couch.
5. Lose Weight
If you don’t get enough sleep at night, increasing your sleep time by just one hour could lead to a weight loss of 14.3lbs a year. When we don’t sleep enough, we often counter low energy levels by eating more than we normally would. However, oversleeping has also been found to increase weight gain by an average of 11lbs. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago in which the participants were dieting, those who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. Find the proper balance between sleep time and quality of sleep with a mattress fitted to your body and your specific sleep needs.