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Sleep Deprivation Is Killing Us

A new study has found that a lack of sleep can be as harmful as drinking to intoxication. Yet not nearly as pleasurable.

When people are tired they make bad decisions. Their mental processing is slower. And they are worse drivers, causing far more accidents and fatalities.

The more hours we are awake, the more prone we are to making mistakes.

If you have one takeaway about the dangers of sleep deprivation, let it be this: a lack of sleep is killing North Americans. For being a nation of half-walking dead zombies living intravenously through our smart phones, it’s scary to think that we might as well be in the middle ages with everyone half cocked on mead all the time.

Look at this graph.

If you’ve been up for more than 16 hours, your performance goes downhill. Way downhill. And once you get to about 18 hours without sleep you might as well be 3 martinis in.

In our sleep deprived culture where expectations run high, a lot of us cut corners in the sleep department to make time. Bad call. It makes more sense to do things slowly, methodically, and to get the rest you need.

For a more efficient dream machine, try a Beautyrest. Thanks to individual pocket coils, there is no motion transfer between partners. That means you will fall to sleep easier, and stay asleep longer. There is no point laying wide-eyed on a bed for 2 hours, that doesn’t count towards sleep. You want to be out like a light and to do that you need a comfortable bed. Talk to us, we’ll set you up.

Insomnia? It Might Be The Pillow

There are as many shapes and sizes of pillows as there are kinds of heads. Some are as thin as a folded T-shirt, while other tend to crank the neck at 90 degrees sideways like some kind of zombie in an elevator shaft.

Some pillows sink. Some are made of foam. Some have memories better than your own. There are pillows made of down. Did you know down’s a common allergen. Some are made of synthetic fibres that can’t breathe.

If you’re tossing and turning in bed every night, it might be the mattress, but it might be the pillow. Try a couch pillow, your partner’s pillow, even no pillow at all. It might be what’s driving you crazy.

Simmons Mattress Gallery is giving away free pillows with every new King-sized Beautyrest. If you’re necks bugging you, the bed will help, and the pillow might make it even better.

On the topic of pillows: Here’s a fun Facebook page devoted to that thing we all love – the cold side of the pillow. It already has 84,741 fans!

“You’re getting very sleepy…”

Here at the Simmons Mattress Blog, we have talked a lot about the topic of insomnia. We’ve discussed sleeping pills, reviewed a book on insomnia and presented the cold hard facts (42% of North Americans suffer from it).

Our advice has always been to start with a new mattress. It’s practical, comforting both for your mental and physical state and it offers no creepy side effects.

But for those of you looking for an alternative cure, we thought we could do a short analysis on the practice of hypnotherapy, as solution to your restless nights.

Hypnosis has been used as a treatment for sleep disorders for the last eighty years. It involves the help of a trained hypnotherapist to induce a trance-like state. From this state, the patient and therapist can explore the problems and issues surrounding the patient’s inability to receive adequate amounts of rest.

Since the patient may be vulnerable during the procedure, it is important that both parties agree on what topics and procedures will be covered during the patient’s trance.

A common part of the therapy is creating effective sleep patterns that the patient can then use at home.

These sleep patterns can also take the form of self-hypnosis.

Self-hypnosis involves regulated breathing, positive statements and occasionally, imaginary or factual settings where the patient can escape to.

Most routines start with a slow, calculated release of body tension. Each part of the body is focused on and tension is released during a conditioned exhale. In practice, this should allow the patient to reach a state similar to one prompted by a therapist.

At this point, the patient repeats affirmative statements that express a desire to sleep. An example is: “My body is now ready to sleep. My body is now ready to sleep. My body…” This involves short countdowns as well.

For this method to work at home, the patient must eliminate all distracting stimuli from the sleeping environment. This allows for better focus.

To improve this focus, Simmons would like to repeat our suggestion of a new mattress. Although, lying on a Simmons, you may not get through the body part portion before you’re lost in sleep. We guess that’s a good thing.

Wide Awake and Writing

Looking for a late night read? Something light, but not drivel, engrossing, but not a Stieg Larson page-turner? What about a light read on a topic many North Americans suffer from; A condition that has created a $24-billion dollar industry. The condition: insomnia. The book: Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia. The author: Patricia Morrisroe.

A Review of the Remedies Offered To Those Suffering From Insomnia

Morrisroe is one of the many who lie awake at night praying for a miracle cure. A pill, or treatment, or piece of furniture that would offer a guaranteed eight hours of doctor recommended sleep.

Morrisroe’s book is her own personal quest to conquer her condition.

As part of her research, Morrisroe attempted to try a number of different proposed insomnia remedies. She travelled to Sweden to stay at the Ice Hotel and talked with the Sami people about their coping mechanisms for the midnight sun. She went on a variety of prescription drugs, including Doxepin, Ambien and Lunesta. She was hypnotized, attended brain music therapy and was told by one doctor that she needed braces to correct her small jaw, which would somehow fix her insomnia.

She also purchased a deluxe mattress, which, she did claim made a difference, something we at Simmons Mattress Gallery have always known.

But in the end, it was a spiritual, meditative release that affected her sleep the most. We won’t give you the details. You’ll have to read the book.

-Feel free to message us with your review.

The Phantom Leg

Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to take a closer look at sleep disorders affecting Canadians. This week’s topic: restless leg syndrome.

Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes abnormal sensations in the limbs of the people it affects. These sensations can cause individuals to feel like their limbs are burning or being tugged on. Individuals diagnosed with this disorder tend to need to move around and are often labeled restless.

Sufferers are most affected by the disorder when they are attempting to relax their body. Symptoms may include insomnia and daytime exhaustion.

The disorder occurs in both genders and usually worsens with age.

Restless leg syndrome is also commonly diagnosed with periodic limb movement disorder. This disorder is specific to involuntary limb movement while asleep. If you suffer from both of these ailments, it might be your sleeping partner who is the most disturbed by your condition. In severe cases, separate beds may be the only option for saving the relationship.

Lifestyle may be a contributing factor to the severity of this disorder. Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake and eliminating tobacco can help.

For treatment, doctors may prescribe dopaminergic agents (often prescribed to Parkinson patients), benzodiazepines, opioids or anticonvulsants.

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It could be the mattress.

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10 easy ways to fall asleep

There are few things worse than laying in bed, awake, knowing that you have to be up in a few short hours for a busy day that demands all of your attention. The next time you are having trouble sleeping, here are a few easy tips that might help:

  1. Get out of bed. Lying in bed wide awake is the worst thing you can do. Your bed is for sleeping, so if you want to think, or read, or watch TV, do it elsewhere.
  2. Drink a warm glass of milk. Now, this may be an old wives’ tale, but if it’s psychosomatic, and it works, then it works.
  3. Shave. It takes up a few minutes of your morning routine, so you might as well do it now and get an extra snooze in.
  4. Go for a walk around the block. Sometimes some fresh air is enough to clear your head.
  5. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. More of a mental note for next time.
  6. Read a really boring book. If you don’t have a book, this list should do.
  7. Do puzzles. Sudoko and crosswords are a great way to take your mind off whatever it is that’s keeping you up.
  8. Do some stretching. Heavy exercise will get your heart rate up and make it hard for you to sleep. However, some easy stretching will get the blood moving enough to calm you, without exertion.
  9. Do some work. If you can’t sleep, you might as well get a jump on the work you have to do tomorrow.
  10. Look into a new mattress. Many times, if you can’t sleep, it’s the mattress that’s to blame. Start looking for a new one right there and then. This blog is a good place to start, as research is just as important as feel. Good luck and happy dreaming!
Don't read in bed!

Don't read in bed!

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