Understanding Sleep Patterns and Insomnia

sleepWhether you are in party mode with friends or privacy mode with a partner, staying up all night has become a point of pride, especially amongst young people, these days. However a lack of sleep, either in bursts or sustained over a period of time, can lead to more than grumpiness and a poor professional performance. According to the National Health Service one in three Britons suffers with sleep deprivation due to stress and overwork. The unlucky third are subsequently more susceptible to anxiety, obesity, depression, low sex-drive, diabetes and even a drop in fertility.

How much sleep do I need?

Throughout human history some insomniacs have suffered little at the hands of rarely putting together a good night’s sleep. Writers, scientists, geniuses, artists and even world leaders, such as the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, have been known to get by on as little as four hours of sleep per night. Most of us need much more.
The Dalai Lama XIV said that ‘sleep is the best meditation’, though neglected to tell us how long to ‘meditate’ for.

The correct amount of sleep we need is still the subject of debate amongst scientists and researchers alike though the prevailing assumption is that we need a solid eight hours per night; this feature from the BBC explores that theory in more depth. Ultimately it depends on the individual. If you cannot remember the last time you had a good sleep, if your nightly pattern is more malfunction than meditation, then it may be time to consider changing your bed options – a new memory foam mattress, or 6ft Zip & Link Bedscould help.

sleep-3Can a bed make that much difference?

Unlike many things that can disrupt your sleep pattern such as a late meal, a bed buddy tossing and turning, an action packed schedule or noisy neighbours, the quality of mattress you sleep on is entirely within your control. According to the Sleep Council’s  research, a good quality bed that you find comfortable is essential for a proper night’s sleep. It can lead to you getting over an hour of extra rest, or simply prevent you from stirring as often.

Memory foam technology is temperature sensitive and gently moulds around you to support your body shape and relieve pressure points, which can cause discomfort in the night. In turn this reduces you and or your partner’s need to change position, which reduces the element of waking and moving around. It can make for a less disturbed night.

What else can I do to get more sleep?

Due to an evolutionary quirk, unlike most strenuous exercise, sex has been proven to make us humans both relaxed and sleepier. So the irony of losing sleep hours to bed-time extra curricular activities is obvious. You may not sleep as long, but the quality of sleep will be higher. A warm bath, reading, listening to relaxing music and avoiding late meals, can all also help to alleviate a disturbed pattern of sleep.