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Health Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

27 Jun 2016 › Posted by Schweitzer Linen

Sleep, Snooze, Zzz’s – Whatever you call it, sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life.

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If you routinely lose sleep or sleep less than needed, the sleep loss adds up. Those of us who sleep less sometimes nap to catch up. The problem is naps may only provide a short-term boost in alertness and performance. Unfortunately, napping doesn’t provide all of the other benefits of night-time sleep, which ultimately means that you cannot really make up for lost sleep.

Here are some health benefits researchers discovered when you get a good night’s sleep.

“In This Body There’s a Thin Person Trying to Get Out”Absolutely Fabulous BBC
Researchers found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. Dieters in the study also felt more hungry when they got less sleep.

Curb Your Inflammation
Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.

It’s Game Time
Sleep is the one proven factor to improve your athletic performance.

“Memory is the Mother of All Wisdom” Aeschylus – Prometheus Bound
Your mind is surprisingly busy while you sleep. You can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).

Van Gogh or No
Researchers found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process.

Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts
Make your nightly sleep your feast of desserts. When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same—and both can affect cardiovascular health.

Stave Off Depression
It has been demonstrated that a lack of sleep contributes to anxiety and depression. Good sleep promotes emotional stability.

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The Purr-fect Pill-Oh-What A Good Night’s Sleep
Simply put — the purpose of a pillow is to keep your head and neck aligned while you sleep. Finding your perfect pillow is as simple as identifying your favorite sleep position. Our Two-In-One pillows are the perfect answer no matter what your sleep position may be and they are also hypoallergenic. And away we go!

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Two-In-One pillows

Side Sleepers
The side sleeper is the most common position. According to a 2015 study, a firm or extra firm pillow is the best pillow to maintain the proper alignment or curve of the neck and head and the most comfortable height is 10 centimeters, about four inches off the mattress. A traditional or contoured memory foam or latex pillow can support the head at the proper angle and might not flatten as quickly over time when compared to a polyester or down pillow.

Back Sleepers
Look for a pillow that supports or cradles the head without losing the natural curve of your neck. Start with medium-loft, medium-firm models filled with down alternative, like our Comforel pillows. Loft is a pillow’s height as it lies flat on the bed.

Comforel pillows

Comforel pillows

Stomach Sleepers
If you roll over to sleep, your face is very close to the mattress. A thin or soft and scrunchable pillow filled with down or feathers, a down alternative, polyester, or thin foam can keep your neck’s natural curve. But a firm, high-loft pillow could leave you with a sore neck.  Our Dynasty Down Pillows along with the matching Comforter will have you sleeping all night long. Both are hypoallergenic and machine washable.

Dynasty Down Comforters and Pillows

Dynasty Down Comforters and Pillows

Combination Sleepers
If you’re a multi-position sleeper, the best pillow for you might have softer and firmer sections, or one that’s lower in the center (for back sleeping) and higher on the sides (for side sleeping). Buckwheat hulls and pillows made of multiple materials fit this bill.

Why a Mattress Pad?
Instead of investing in an allergy-free mattress, slip on a washable mattress cover. It will form a barrier that prevents dust mites from getting to you. A mattress cover cuts allergen growth by robbing dust mites of their food supply. Luxury Mattress Pads from Schweitzer Linen are a necessity when you consider the price of mattresses today and the priceless value of healthful sleep. To protect both, we offer a choice selection of high quality designs at truly affordable prices.

How Much Sleep Do You Need

Age

Recommended Amount of Sleep
Newborns

16-18 hours a day

Preschool-aged children

11-12 hours a day

School-aged children

At least 10 hours a day

Teens

9-10 hours a day

Adults (including the elderly)

7-8 hours a day

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