Five Signs you’re Sleep Deprived

Are you a “fly by the seat of your pants” type of person?  If yes, then you may also be a sleep deprived type of person.  According to the Huffington Post there are many shocking effects caused by not getting enough sleep, such as becoming more impulsive than usual.

Five Signs you’re Sleep DeprivedTo find out if you could be sleep deprived, ask yourself these five questions:

  1. Are you falling asleep instantly?  You may believe that falling asleep when your head hits the pillow is a good thing, but that isn’t the case.  In fact, if you fall asleep within five minutes, you may be sleep deprived. To test it, try staying awake through these lullabies.
  2. Do you use cliché phrases on a regular basis? If you aren’t able to come up with creative sentences on your own, sleep may be the culprit. Try going to bed an hour earlier each night and remember “early bird gets the worm.” (Apparently we may be sleep deprived, too!)
  3. Craving a late night snack?  If you find yourself indulging in a pint of ice cream almost every night of the week, you need to start getting more sleep!
  4. Arguing more often with your partner? Maybe you’re annoyed with your partner or maybe you’re just cranky from lack of shut-eye.  Try to get some more rest – your partner will be grateful.
  5. Can you focus or make quick decisions? If you can’t sleep, you can’t concentrate.  it’s as simple as that.

If you found yourself answering “yes” to any or all of these questions, you may need to adjust some of your sleeping habits. You can also try Protect-A-Bed’s Premium Pillow Protector for a soft and pleasant night’s rest.

Are We All Werewolves? Sleep Research Says Yes.

Most of us grew up hearing the legend that when a full moon is out so are the werewolves, but what if werewolves aren’t the only ones restless when the moon’s out in force?

According to the International Business Times, researchers found that people sleep nearly 20 minutes less than normal when a full moon is present.  Could it be a coincidence? Or are our brains telling us that something strange is happening?

Are We All Werewolves? Sleep Research Says Yes.Now is the time to test it out.  This Saturday, July 12, is the next full moon.  Try to monitor how long you sleep and find out if the study is correct.

If you don’t want to lose your 20 minutes of sleep you can also look to these three sleep resources on our Healthy Sleep Zone blog:

Simple solutions like a quality pillow can also help good, quality sleep become a nightly habit, even during a full moon.

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Right?

As we all know, men and women have their fair share of differences, but they could be even more opposite than you think.

Signs of Sleep DeprivationAccording to the Huffington Post, women are more likely to experience insomnia, sleep deprivation and often take longer to fall asleep than men.   When females get poor sleep, they “are at increased risk for breast cancer, shorter menstrual cycles, miscarriage and sub-fertility,” according to the article.

Environmental and social stressors make it more difficult for a woman to get her beauty sleep.

But men aren’t off the hook here. It’s important for any person to get a good night’s rest to avoid:

  • Headaches,
  • Impaired alertness,
  • High blood pressure,
  • Increased stress levels, and
  • Weight gain.

To help you, or the leading lady in your life, get a better night’s rest try Protect-A-Bed’s Adjustable Pillow System.  It will ensure a comfortable nights rest, whether you sleep on your side, stomach or back.

Five ways to improve your sleep

Is waking up one of the most painful parts of your day? Do you find yourself wishing you could sleep soundly through the night?

Five ways to improve your sleepWith some simple adjustments to your daily routine, you can feel better rested every morning. Here are five tips from Psych Central:

  1.  Exercise:  Exercising 20 to 30 minutes per day helps you get quality shut-eye.  And don’t worry, despite rumors, new studies show that exercise before bedtime doesn’t negatively affect sleep after all.
  2. Set/keep a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to avoid insomnia.  Also try not nap within eight hours of bedtime.
  3. Have a relaxing bedtime ritual:  Relax with a warm bath, reading or even some yoga to help you get ready for bed every night.
  4. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol: Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee or soft drinks at least six to eight hours before sleeping if you want a good night’s rest. Also, try to avoid eating a large meal within two hours of bedtime.
  5. Control your room environment and temperature: Keep a comfortable temperature in your bedroom. Extreme temperatures can make it tough to fall and/or stay asleep. Also avoid going to sleep with the television or radio on. If you do this regularly, you’ll train your body to be unable to fall asleep without electronics.

Need extra help adjusting your body’s sleeping temperature? Try Protect-A-Bed’s mattress and pillow protectors. Their thermo-regulating properties will keep your body cool in the summer heat and warm during winter’s freezing nights.

Simple Solutions to Sleeping Through the Night

Could simply sleeping by your phone be the reason you aren’t getting better sleep?

Waking up randomly in the middle of the night and sleeping with your cell phone could be more correlated than you think.

According to the National Sleep Foundation approximately 95 percent of Americans use an electronic device within an hour of going to sleep. To get a sounder sleep, avoid using your phone up to an hour before bedtime or remove it from your room at night.

Your phone’s noise and light could cause sleep cycle disruptions and alter sleep-related hormone levels, which could ultimately result in sleep deprivation.  To find out if you are sleep deprived, take this test.

In addition to removing your phone from your bedroom at night, try Protect-A-Bed’s Luxury Mattress Protector for a better night’s rest. It will keep you cool and comfortable while you get some quality shut-eye.Simple Solutions to Sleeping Through the Night