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Lack of Sleep is Killing You, Here’s How to Fix it

Whether you’re aiming for a personal best in an upcoming marathon, working on your golf game, or creating a digital marketing strategy for your business, you’re not at your best without good sleep.

On the physical side, sleep is when we repair and build muscle tissues after a hard workout. On the mental side, it’s when we organize thoughts and commit them to memory. As such, insufficient sleep prevents us from getting the most out of our diet and exercise routines, learning new skills, and retaining important information.

According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a lack of sufficient rest impairs our judgment and impedes our productivity. If that’s not bad enough, it can also lead to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease…and ultimately shorten our lifespans.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. They add that the specific amount will vary depending on the person, but stress that quality of sleep is just as important as quantity. So, if your sleep is frequently interrupted, you likely will not “…perform as well on complex mental tasks as do people who get closer to seven hours of sleep a night.” This combined with the lower health stats for those who lack sufficient sleep means a higher rate of accidents, lower quality of life, and on average, a shorter lifespan.

If you’re wondering how to fall asleep and how to get better sleep, read on. All it takes are some minor tweaks to your sleeping environment to make a big difference.

Adjust Your Thermostat

One of the keys to restful sleep is optimal temperature settings. A temperature around 64 degrees is often considered ideal. Not only is this generally more comfortable, it’s well below the threshold where dust mites, mold, and other allergens can flourish.

In addition to our home heating and cooling systems, we can choose specialized sheets, pillows, and mattresses that are designed to help manage excess heat, helping us keep cool.

Regulate Indoor Humidity

Keeping an indoor humidity between 30% and 50% RH (relative humidity) will be humid enough to prevent dry air symptoms like a dry nose, dry sinuses, and itchy, cracked skin, but not humid enough for mold and dust mites to thrive.

Turn Off Your Lights

Lightness and darkness are two of the factors which affect circadian rhythm, our internal clock. Because of this, things like a lit cell phone screen from a 1am text message, or a streetlight outside your bedroom window can throw off your rhythm and deprive you of quality sleep.

A logical approach might be to do what you can to mimic the natural rhythm of the sunlight. If you live in the country, that could simply mean letting natural light into your bedroom. In the city, that may mean closing the blinds and curtains, putting lights on timers, or using smart home technology to control your lighting.

Fight Snoring

Snoring is a powerful sleep inhibitor. It can prevent you (and your partner) from getting a good night’s sleep.

For serious cases, a clinical sleep study can be performed, and devices (such as a CPAP machine) can be prescribed.

For minor, non medically threatening cases, there are a variety of tips and tricks that can help. These can include:

  • Smart devices that have the capability to gently vibrate to make you change positions without waking up.
  • Choosing quality pillows and mattresses that promote correct head and neck alignment
  • Losing excess weight

Minimize Bedroom Allergens

Your pillows, mattress, and box spring act like magnets, attracting all sorts of allergens. These can include dust mites, mold spores, pollen, and more. The end result is that you sleep with these irritants inches from your nose and mouth.

Even worse, bed bugs can find their way into your home (on clothing or luggage), and eventually into your bedding.

Fortunately, a memory foam mattress and pillow is naturally allergen resistant, as there are no fibers with which a dust mite or bed bug can hide in, or for pollen and mold to penetrate.

For the ultimate in protection, a mattress encasement and a set of pillow protectors can seal allergens out, and prevent spills from leading to mold.

Analyze Your Sleep

Tracking and analyzing sleep can be your secret weapon, truly teaching you how to fall asleep fast.

For example, a quality sleep tracking device and an app can help you find a correlation between your alcohol intake, what you had for dinner when you exercised, and the quality of the sleep you’re getting.

You can then use this information to make meaningful, positive changes to your daily habits.

These are just a few of the many steps you can take to fight insomnia and learn how to sleep better.

Also, here are some of the most effective products available to help improve the quality of your sleep:

ZEEQ Smart Pillow – This industry-first smart home compatible product not only analyzes your sleep through REM-Fit’s proprietary smartphone app, it helps you stop snoring through a gentle vibration that stimulates the need to shift positions. It also streams music, sets an alarm, can turn off lights and adjust the thermostat, and is breathable so that you can enjoy a cool pillow all night long. It’s an all-in-one device that encompasses everything REM-Fit knows about achieving restful sleep.

Sleep 400 12-Inch Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress – As it adapts to the shape of your body, it provides customized support, while keeping you cool. The three layers of quality memory foam are naturally resistant to bed bugs and allergens, helping you to maintain a clean and discomfort-free sleep environment. The cooling gel-infused layer mattress disperses away body heat.

Energize Collection – 300S Series Sheet Sets – Featuring a soft silk-like feel, these Tencel sheets keep you cool, manage moisture, resist bacteria, and are non-allergy inducing.

Energize Collection – 400K Series Bedding Protection Kit – A 360 degree solution to protect your mattress and pillow from bed bugs, dust mites, allergens, mold, sweat, spills, stains, and more. Preserves the peak performance of your mattress and pillow and makes them last longer, too.

Improving the quality of your sleep will pay dividends in terms of health, productivity, and performance.

One of the great things about technology is that we can harness it to make our lives better. By adopting utilizing REM-Fit sleep technology to optimize your rest, you know how to get better sleep, so you can make the most of each night.

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