Just how important is sleep? Your life depends on it.
In today's fast-paced society, sleep has somehow come to be viewed by many as a bad thing, associated with weakness or idleness. But as research has shown us, this notion couldn't be further from the truth. Sleep is a powerful process that not only keeps us healthy and strong—it keeps us alive.
"Just one hour of sleep loss can reduce daytime alertness by 25% or more."
There's a lot going on in our bodies when we sleep. While you're taking a snooze, your internal systems take over to produce vital hormones that heal your body, strengthen your immune system and improve your brain function. Without the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, your brain and body can't operate at full capacity—and the results can be more disastrous than you'd think.
Consider this: people who regularly sleep for six or fewer hours per night are at a significantly higher risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. This is according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control. When you add in the fact that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US, the odds are definitely not in favor of short sleepers. As if that wasn't enough, stroke and diabetes are #5 and #7 in fatalities, respectively, while obesity is a contributing factor for many life-threatening conditions.
As scary as it seems, there's a simple way to tilt the odds back into your favor. We all know it's important to eat well and exercise regularly, but sleep is an equally vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Just by getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night, you can reduce your risk for these chronic conditions by up to 35%. Plus, sleeping is a lot easier, and it costs less than diet plans and a gym membership!
Even when we try to sleep right, we're bound to miss a few hours here and there. Maybe it's your busy family schedule, or you lost track of time watching a marathon of your favorite TV show—no big deal, right? In reality, you could still be putting yourself and others in harm's way.
Just one hour of sleep loss can reduce daytime alertness by 25% or more. And when you're behind the wheel of a car, that could be the difference between reaching your destination safely and finding yourself in a serious accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving causes more than 80,000 crashes each year, including roughly 800 fatal crashes. And in a survey by the CDC, 1 out of every 25 adults admitted to falling asleep while driving at least once in the past 30 days.
The bottom line is this: sleep can save your life. All you have to do is set aside seven to nine hours each night, put your phone on silent, and don't let anything get between you and the sleep you need. Whether it's a mattress
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to stop your partner's snoring, we can help you find the right setup to overcome many common sleep problems. Talk to a member of our sleep team and get yourself on track for a great night's sleep.