Sleep Tight: Importance of Sleep

The importance of sleep for our bodies cannot be downplayed. It is when we rest our body and mind, recharge our energy and become fresh and ready to face the world when we wake. Good sleep also promotes our immune system, and allows our body to heal, leaving us healthy and able to fight off diseases. 

While most adults should average eight hours of sleep a night, many suffer from some form of insomnia, leaving them tired, and vulnerable to physical illness with an impaired ability to think or react.  

Singapore is the third sleep-starved city after Tokyo and Seoul, with more than half of the Singaporean population not getting enough sleep. 

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the importance of sleep and give you some tips on how purchasing the right mattress online helps you have a better night’s rest. 

The Science Of Sleep

Before we delve into the importance of sleep, it is first essential to understand the science behind sleep. All of us have an internal body clock that controls your sleep cycles, letting you know when you feel tired, and waking you when it’s time. Our body clocks function on a 24-hour cycle known as the circadian rhythm. Once we have awoken from our slumber, our exhaustion progressively grows throughout the day and peaks in the evening leading up to bedtime.

The circadian rhythm is linked to adenosine, an organic compound that is produced in your brain, increases during the day as you become tired, and is broken down by your body when you sleep at night. Light also affects the circadian rhythm. The brain’s nerve cells processes signals when your eyes are exposed to artificial or natural light, helping you determine whether it is night or day. 

Melatonin is the hormone that induces sleep, and cortisol is the one that promotes energy. When light starts to disappear as the evenings draw close, your brain will release melatonin, and when the light comes in the morning, you’ll release cortisol. 

The Importance Of Receiving Enough Sleep 

Without enough sleep, our body is unable to replenish cortisol production that helps us function effectively. Adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep a day to stay in peak physical and mental condition. Insufficient sleep can lead to a compromised immune system, mood swings, irritability, and reduce our ability to function properly. The importance of sleep is further seen in how sleep-deprived adults are impaired in their ability to drive a vehicle, or operate machinery. In addition, insomnia has been linked to a higher risk of severe health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 

How To Get Enough Sleep

Healthy habits like no screen time before bed and establishing a bedtime routine can help you sleep better. In addition, your bedroom environment should be conducive to sleep, with dark, cosy lighting and a comfortable mattress.

But most importantly, your mattress is crucial in ensuring a good night’s sleep. If you’re waking up with aches and pains, or feeling uncomfortable while you sleep, it might be time for a new mattress. 

In the market for an affordable mattress in Singapore? The choice of mattress depends on your personal preference, and you’ll have to know the firmness that you are looking for, which is critical for your comfort. 

Our memory foam mattresses are designed to promote the healthy curvature of your spine and give you the support you need as you sleep. Prefer a firm mattress? Our natural latex foam mattresses will soothe those tired and sore joints while providing a firmer sleep surface. On top of that, latex is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial to help reduce the presence of dust mites and other creepy crawlies. Natural latex is also hypoallergenic, making it suitable for folks with allergies or sensitive skin. 

Improve Your Sleep Quality With Zinus

With the importance of sleep  being more paramount than ever, it is more crucial than ever to ensure your mattress enhances your sleep quality and health, not degrade it. 

If you are in the market for an affordable mattress in Singapore, visit us online for the best deals or come down to one of our showrooms to come try them out! We look forward to putting you to sleep. 

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