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Better Sleep for a Better Life

Posted on July 16th, 2018

When you sleep better, not only do you live longer, you also live a better quality of life too.  The quality of your sleep has a pretty big impact on the quality of your waking life. By now you have seen a million ads with fluffy pillows and luxurious beds with feather duvets, but a good bed isn’t just about the 8 hours you spend sleeping. How you sleep directly affects how you spend the other 16 hours of the day.

Better Life

Evidence continues to pile up connecting better sleep to improved quality of life. And according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, normal sleepers (logging 6-8 hours of sleep) were also significantly less depressed. The article entitled “The Good Life” had a few more important things to say. The few people that reported to be in “perfect health” reported sleeping 7-8 hours and reported less depression.
Among patients who reported having perfect health, there were a higher percentage of normal sleepers, who also had significantly lower scores for depression severity compared to short and long sleepers with perfect health.
It’s interesting to note that those who sleep too much no longer get the benefits of the right amount of sleep.

Longer life

Study after study shows a direct link between sleeping better and living longer (It’s even been mentioned it quite a few news stories). Times magazine even went so far as to say this:
Studies of people whose sleep sessions are irregular or short show they are at higher risk of developing diseases that can lead to early death, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
We’ve even poked fun at the concept in this spooky video:
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  But beyond the funny video, lay a mountain of evidence. And better sleep doesn’t just make your life longer, improved sleep quality may lead to improved quality of life.

Better Ability to Cope

So, you may not be in “perfect health” like some of the study participants. But better sleep also helps people suffering from a variety of ills to cope better. Sleeping affects your cognitive performance, that is, your ability to make important decisions, to deal with stress, and remember long-term and short-term information. If you are constantly forgetting, and making questionable decisions. You may not be getting older, you are just getting sleepier. Look at it this way, it is incredibly difficult for your mind to cope with a variety of conditions, from sadness to clinical depression, from daily stress to major stressors. When your brain is functioning at half capacity, the depressions deepen, the mistakes worsen, and the little stresses can take us over the edge.

Better Relationships

Not only can sleep help your life, it can help you in your relationships too. According to Psychology Today, your quality of life affects your ability to process emotions and connect with other people. And it’s not just the amount of sleep, but the quality of sleep that makes a difference. Even if you seem to get a full night, if you are waking up constantly, you are probably not getting into REM sleep. Your body might be rested, but your mind is missing that key stage of sleep that helps the brain reset and deal with stress, emotion and take care of that subconscious mental maintenance that is so vital for our sleep. Do you remember your last dream? If you haven’t been dreaming, then you probably haven’t been getting enough REM sleep.

Sleep Better with a Better Bed

Yeah, we are going to talk about beds, that’s why we do this. It keeps us up nights, seriously. We want to make the world a better place, we want to make people have the lives they deserve, and the key to a better life is better sleep. That is why we created the Layla bed. We tackled firmness issues with a bed with a soft side and a firm side so you can find your right support level. We tool all of the advantages that come with memory foam and made it cooler with heat wicking copper infused gel beads in the foam, and cooling gel in the mattress cover itself. Review after review rate the Layla as one of the top mattresses in the market. We have tried to make the best bed possible, not so you can enjoy your 8 hours of sleep, but so you can enjoy whatever you do during the other 16 hours. Whether you like to hang with your family, get out and explore the world, or even explore your own backyard. We believe you will enjoy your adventures more, wherever they may be when you have had a full nights rest on your Layla bed.

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Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Pain

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

You may be in the habit of sacrificing sleep to tackle some of the many tasks you need to accomplish. You might choose to give up a few hours of rest to reserve some time for yourself, or maybe you are one of the many who miss out on sleep because of unrelenting pain. Whatever the cause of your sleep deprivation, the effects can be detrimental.

Sleep Deprivation Intensifies Pain

If you have ever been sleep-deprived, you are likely aware of how too little sleep clouds your thoughts and affects your mood. Sleep deprivation can also cause and intensify pain. It’s true.  In fact, the aches and pains you feel today can intensify over time. That’s because pain can modify the way your central nervous system reacts to pain signals. This is called central sensitization. Sensitized people are more sensitive to pain, and their pain signals fade slower. Sadly, too many people assume their pain is normal.

The Cycle of Pain and Sleep Deprivation

Studies show that people who do not get enough sleep experience more episodes of aches and pains, stomach upset and other gastrointestinal disorders. But the harm does not stop there. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation can create a continuous cycle of intensified discomfort. That means you could experience more pain from lost sleep and lose more sleep because of increased pain. Those who suffer the effects of sleep deprivation are shown to be at a higher risk of developing inflammation and chronic disorders, creating more pain. Some of those conditions include:

Research Supports the Connection Between Sleep and Pain

As of now, science does not have all the answers. Some theories suggest that sleep loss increases inflammation and decreases dopamine. Reduced dopamine levels appear to reduce pain tolerance. Inadequate sleep also lowers serotonin levels. If you lack serotonin, you may notice symptoms of depression, increased anxiety and yes, increased sensitivity to pain. The connection between sleep and pain is noted in the following studies: Normally, pain serves as a warning, but for those living with chronic pain, sleep disturbances creates a vicious cycle. Pain interferes with sleep, and the lack of sleep intensifies pain. Researchers may not agree why sleep deprivation exacerbates pain, but many have concluded that sleep deprivation and pain are intricately linked.

Sleep Deprivation Decreases the Effectiveness of Pain Relief

If you find you typically reach for over-the-counter pain relievers after a night of too little sleep, you are not alone. But if you are sleep deprived, you may find that your pain relievers do not work as well. This is a well-documented problem. Studies confirm that improving sleep quality can help over-the-counter and opioid pain medications work more efficiently. Improving your sleep may lessen your pain and decrease your risk of chronic pain disorders. We want to help you get the quality sleep you need. If your mattress holds too much heat to stay comfortable, if it no longer provides the support you need, visit Layla online to see how our copper infused mattress can help you sleep cooler, cleaner and well supported. Fall asleep and stay asleep with Layla.

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How Poor Sleep Affects Your Emotions

Posted on March 7th, 2018

We all know that a night of tossing and turning means we won’t be at our best the next day. You expect the red eyes, jaw-splitting yawns, and problems focusing the next day. But did you know that sleep deprivation has a serious effect on your emotions too? It’s obvious that being tired doesn’t feel great, but it really changes how your emotions work. From making everything look bleak to reducing your ability to deal with feelings, poor sleep will leave you feeling terrible in more ways than you might expect.

Bad Events Seem Worse

An article in the research journal Sleep looked at how missing sleep changed people’s emotional reactions to events. The researchers tracked how much sleep medical residents got, and then how they felt about things that happened while they worked. They found that when the residents got less sleep, they had more negative reactions to frustrating events. At the same time, when things were going their way, the sleep-deprived subjects were not as happy about it. You know those days when everything seems to be going wrong? Maybe the universe isn’t out to get you, but you just haven’t had enough rest. If negative events seem like they are way bigger, while the good things go by practically unnoticed, it’s probably not the fault of your day, but of the night before.

Emotions Are Harder to Handle

Another study in the journal Sleep Medicine looked at how sleep deprivation affected emotional intelligence. Researchers figured that it was clear that missing sleep changes how well people think, so they should take a look at the affect how we handle our emotions. They had volunteers take tests to measure emotional intelligence and constructive thinking when they were well rested, and then again after a period of sleep deprivation. What they found was a reduction in a whole slew of emotional abilities. Global emotional intelligence, self-regard, empathy for others, impulse control, delayed gratification, positive thinking, and action orientation were all negatively impacted. In fact, the effect was wide enough that the scientists described the result of sleep deprivation as “consistent with mild prefrontal lobe dysfunction.” Remember that horrible day where everything goes wrong and you can’t remember anything good happening? Now add to that a stew of cranky, irritated, unhappy feelings. No wonder our moms always wanted us to take naps when we were being difficult!

Sleep is a Quick Solution

If all of this seems pretty awful, never fear! There’s a pretty easy solution (also, did you get enough sleep last night? Things really aren’t that bad). A research study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex looked at participants’ emotional reactions to pictures of human faces. Everyone in the study looked at the pictures and their reactions were recorded. Then half the group took a nap in the afternoon, while the other half didn’t. When they looked at the same kinds of pictures late in the day, the group that didn’t get a nap showed greater negative reactions to faces that displayed anger and fear than they had shown earlier in the day. The people in the group that got a nap didn’t show the same increase in negative reactions. Some of them even had more positive reactions. It sure sounds like a nap is an effective way to increase kindness toward our fellow human beings, but the scientists didn’t state it in those terms. They did say that it looks like sleep (especially REM) is important in emotional brain regulation. So if you’re feeling extra cranky and discouraged, maybe what you need is a good night’s sleep. Every day researchers are uncovering more ways sleep is absolutely necessary to keep you healthy and happy. It’s worth your time to figure out what you need to take care of your sleep needs. I promise you will feel better in the morning.

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The Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Health and Happiness

Posted on February 16th, 2018

100 years ago, people would sleep nine or ten hours at night. Their schedules were more in sync with the sunlight. Now, we sleep an average of seven hours, if we’re lucky. Scientists think that we get less sleep, not because we need less, but because of technology. The blue light from our computers, televisions, indoor lighting, and phones can throw off our sleep cycles, mess up our hormones, and make it difficult for us to fall asleep.

The negative effects of sleep deprivation will catch up with you in more ways than you realize. With so much focus on what we should eat or how often we should exercise to maintain our health, sometimes we forget how important it is to sleep. Losing out on quality sleep can affect nearly every aspect of your life.

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation Can Destroy Your Good Health

In the time you spend dreaming, your body is actually doing some pretty phenomenal work. This is when your brain can declutter or defragment or whatever it is that it does, and clear away the unnecessary files from the day.  It needs to reboot so that you wake alert and refreshed and ready to start a new chapter. The long-term effects of sleep deprivation (less than 7 hours per night) leave you at risk for many health problems in the future. You may not feel too bad the next morning, but those effects add up over time. The risks to your overall health include:  

Too Little Sleep Can Cause Depression

When you don’t get enough sleep occasionally, you may feel irritable or stressed the next day. Once you get some sleep, you probably feel like yourself again. That’s a good thing. For those who fail to get enough sleep regularly, feeling better is not so easy. Studies have made it pretty clear that your sleep habits are tied directly to your emotional and mental health. In fact, people who are kept awake from insomnia are five times more likely to develop anxiety or depression than those who sleep well at night.  

Lack of Sleep Can Cause You to Gain Weight

It is not likely that you will lose weight when you’re sleeping, but you are more likely to gain weight if you don’t sleep enough.  A 2015 study shows us that even losing as little as thirty minutes of sleep a day has a direct impact on your metabolism. Unfortunately, you cannot repay sleep debt. Plus, when you sleep, your body produces the hormones that govern your appetite. People tend to eat fewer calories when they get enough sleep. If you are not sleeping enough, your appetite can go into overdrive, sugary snacks seem more appealing, and our resolve to resist temptation declines.  

The Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation

The symptoms of sleep deprivation can be subtle. You may even have assumed that your symptoms are caused by other issues. Since we all have different sleep requirements, sleep deprivation can’t be determined by numbers alone. Do any of these describe you? If you are sleep deprived, you may recognize some of these warning signs.

Do any of these describe you? If so, you may be sleep deprived.

 

Suggestions to Help You Fall Asleep Faster

If you can fall asleep easily and wake up less during the night, you get more sleep without having to go to bed earlier. Some of these suggestions are simple, some take a bit of resolve, but the results could be worth your effort.  

At Layla our mission is to help you get a great night’s sleep. If you aren’t getting the great sleep that you deserve, you’re gonna love Layla. Visit Layla online and check out the amazing benefits of our copper infused mattress and pillow. With copper, you’ll sleep cooler, cleaner, and well supported…guaranteed to get out of sleep debt, or your money back.

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