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 LifeEvidence 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 lifeStudy 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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Better Ability to CopeSo, 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 RelationshipsNot 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 BedYeah, 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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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 WorseAn 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 HandleAnother 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 SolutionIf 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. 0
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 HealthIn 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:
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries)
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Risk of diabetes
Too Little Sleep Can Cause DepressionWhen 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 WeightIt 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 DeprivationThe 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.
- Increased body pain or general unwellness
- Sleepiness during the day
- Problems with short-term or long-term memory
- Difficulty concentrating
- A compromised immune system
- More prone to clumsiness or accidents
- Impaired judgment
- Balance problems
- Low libido
Suggestions to Help You Fall Asleep FasterIf 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.
- Set a sleep schedule. Get to bed and get out of bed at the same time each day (even on your days off). This will help regulate your internal clock so that you can fall asleep faster
- Establish a relaxing ritual like reading, drinking a cup of herbal tea, or taking a warm bath
- Turn off your computer, television, and phone an hour or two before bed. The blue light from the screen will signal your brain that it is still daylight
- Get more sun during the day and dim your lights in the evening to stimulate melatonin production
- Check your mattress for signs of wear. A mattress that is not supporting you correctly can interrupt your sleep cycles.
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10 Tips to Help You Fall Asleep Faster
Posted on September 15th, 2017
Our reason for living at Layla is to help you sleep better. Whether you’re having trouble getting to sleep at night or just want to fall asleep faster, Here are the top 10 things you can do to help you ease away into a blissful night’s sleep.
10. UNCOVER YOUR FEETDoing something as simple as sticking your feet out of the blanket and letting them breathe can help increase your fatigue levels and get you sleeping faster.
9. READEven if it’s just this blog post. Nothing gets you sleepy like reading small text on a brightly lit phone or tablet late at night. But don’t do this for more than ten or fifteen minutes because then it can actually stimulate you and cause you to be even more awake…and try not to get caught up in your social media feeds 🙂
8. ADJUST THE ROOM TEMPERATUREWhen trying to sleep, an easy rule to remember is the cooler, the better. Reduce your room temperature to between 67 and 72 degrees. If you’re using a heavy blanket, try something lighter or just cover yourself with a flat sheet. Which brings us to number seven.
7. CHANGE YOUR BED SHEETSEver lay in bed unable to sleep and can’t figure out why? A lot of times it’s your sheets and your pillow. When you haven’t changed your sheets and pillow cases in a while, they can accumulate dead skin cells or dust which may make it difficult to fall asleep (and yes, it’s gross too). It’s worth the ten minutes for you to get up and change your sheets and pillow cases. Hopefully you have a set of cotton or bamboo fiber sheets which are the most breathable and help you get optimal sleep. If you don’t have them you can learn more about bamboo fiber sheets here. Also, if you don’t have a nice firm pillow, or not enough pillows now’s a good time to grab some from the linen closet or the other room.
6. KEEP IT BETWEEN THE KNEESThis one is for side sleepers. Picture an eye level view of your body laying down on its side. Your bottom leg is straight because it is resting on your mattress but the leg on top is slanted down on an angle from your hip to your foot because it is resting on your straight leg. This is causing stress and pain on your hips and lower back. To fix this, simply place a pillow in between your knees and your upper leg is now straight. Some people may need one pillow in between their knees, and another pillow in between their ankles. That same stress that was on your hips is also on your shoulders. Simply hold a large, firm pillow against your chest and wrap your arms around it. Now you have relieved your hips, and your shoulders from stress and pain while sleeping on your side. Bonus: since you are now hugging a pillow, you will no longer feel lonely.
5. GET RID OF LIGHTS AND NOISEIf you have a computer in the room that has a fan running, turn it off. If you have a TV or cable box that may have a little red light on even when turned off, cover it with a piece of electrical tape. Get rid of as much light and noise as you possibly can. Sleeping in an environment where light is present can reduce your body’s capability of producing essential cancer fighting antibodies. If you have a high quality and comfortable eye mask, wear it now.
4. SLEEP HYPNOSIS (AT YOUR OWN RISK)YouTube “Sleep Hypnosis” but make sure you have done your research on hypnosis and you are comfortable with it first. Pick a youtube video that looks good to you. Plug your headphones in your ears and turn of the screen. You are getting sleepy…
3. GET RID OF YOUR PHONEIf by now you are still awake, then obviously steps nine and four didn’t work. So let’s try something else. You may be sensitive to electromagnetic waves. Unplug your phone, and charge it in another room. I can’t tell you how many people this does wonders for. Not just to help you fall asleep, but also just to cut the digital leash once a day…we all can use that.
2. TAKE A SHOWERUgh, you so don’t want to get up right now and take a shower. Besides taking a shower could take 20 minutes. That’s true, but the alternative might be laying in bed wide awake for the next few hours. Taking a shower will change your body’s core temperature which is sometimes exactly what you might need in order to fall asleep. If you really don’t want to do this step, we understand. Have a cold glass of milk instead
1. GET NAKEDThat’s right, get completely naked right now. You will not believe what a big difference this will make and how fast you will fall asleep after you take everything off and we mean EVERYTHING. Clothes can be restrictive to your blood flow and cause you to toss and turn. Our number one thing that you can do right now to fall asleep is to take it all off. 0
Why Am I Sore When I Wake Up?
Posted on August 22nd, 2017
WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO…. But it doesn’t have to be. Waking up in the morning is hard enough as it is. But once you realize you have to engage in this thing called life, you force yourself out of bed only to welcome your new day with the stabbing aches and pains of morning soreness. There are many causes to waking up sore but the good news is: we’ll tell you how to NOT start each day in pain.