(BPT) - Decades of research verify what anyone who has enjoyed a truly excellent night’s rest already knows: Sleep is an essential function that allows our body and mind to recharge. The CDC verifies that scrimping on sleep leaves people vulnerable to attention lapses, reduced cognition, delayed reactions and mood shifts.
While most people know that getting a good night of sleep is important, what does “good” sleep mean? It’s not a simple answer. A combination of factors such as sleep length, a consistent bedtime routine, amount of deep sleep and many additional considerations must combine for quality sleep.
Dr. Chris Winter, a neurologist and Tempur-Pedic sleep expert and partner, notes that ultimately, “Quality sleep is sleep that leaves you feeling rested and refreshed the following day, and it’s critical to overall health. However, far too many Americans are struggling with unpredictable and inefficient sleep.”
So, what can you do to make sure you’re getting the best, most restorative sleep? Dr. Winter suggests people ask themselves these questions:
What can I do about overheating while I sleep?
Sleeping cooler throughout the night is a top unmet consumer need in the sleep industry according to research from Tempur-Pedic. In fact, 62 percent of U.S. households have at least one person who loses sleep because they feel overheated.
To help, start by keeping the bedroom between 60 to 67 degrees. It’s important to think beyond room temperature, however. While sheets and covers also play an important role, one overlooked item for many people is their mattress. Look for a mattress that is engineered to keep you feeling cool from when you first get into bed, as you fall asleep, and throughout the entire night.
TEMPUR-breeze® mattresses — designed to provide a solution to sleeping hot — have an ability to provide a cooling effect for comfort all night long. This mattress collection features layers of cutting-edge cooling materials that work together from cover to core to keep you cool.
What can I do about snoring?
Whether it’s a partner or yourself, snoring can be disruptive and negatively impact the next day’s productivity for both parties. Recognizing that snoring stands in the way of reaching that deep, restorative sleep we need, Tempur-Pedic’s team of scientists and engineers created the TEMPUR-Ergo Smart Base powered by Sleeptracker-AI system to help people achieve uninterrupted sleep.
Designed to offer unique advantages for someone who snores, this smart base monitors and analyzes sleep, and can automatically detect and respond to snoring — when the discrete sensors detect vibrations associated with snoring, the base responds by elevating that sleeper’s base position approximately 12 degrees once throughout the night. This solution may reduce snoring in otherwise healthy individuals who snore due to body positioning.
It’s important to consider here that snoring is more pervasive than you might think. According to analyzed aggregated sleep data from users of the Tempur-Pedic Sleeptracker-AI system, on average, men snore for 91.25 hours each year and women snore for 54.75 hours each year. That’s a lot of lost sleep!
Which type of pillow is best for me?
The National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing pillows every year or two. However, sorting through all the options can feel overwhelming. While personal preference is important, these insider-tips can help you find your perfect pillow.
“By understanding what may be keeping you up at night, you’re empowered to make the adjustments you need for a better night’s sleep,” added Dr. Winter. “The life-changing and life-long difference in your overall well-being is the ultimate reward.”