Sleep Deprivation Causes Weight Gain, Wrinkles

Whether we choose to act on it or not, we all know sleep is integral to good health. But did you know its benefits extend beyond the “usuals” (longevity, heart health, reduced Alzheimer’s risk, etc.)?

Sleep can – and does – directly affect your appearance. If you skimp on sleep, you’re more likely to see wrinkles and gain weight than those who sleep soundly at night.

Puffy eyes and sallow skin can appear after just a few nights of missed sleep, according to WebMD. When lacking sleep, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. This protein breaks down skin collagen, making the skin less smooth and elastic.

The less you sleep, the more you eat, says WebMD. Lack of sleep is directly linked to increased hunger, appetite and, in the long run, obesity. And unfortunately that hunger isn’t for health food. Sleep deprivation causes cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods.

To keep your appearance and overall health in line, make sure to get an adequate night’s rest. According to the National Sleep Foundation, that should be seven to nine hours for adults older than 18. To enhance your sleep, try the REM-Fit Rest Adjustable Pillow. It can be tailored to comfortably fit your favorite sleep position.

Three Resources to Revamp your Sleep

Are you in need of a sleep makeover? If you’re sleep deprived like 40 percent of the U.S. population, the answer should be yes.

To revamp up your sleep regimen, consider one of our three favorite sleep resources:

  1. This bedtime calculator determines the best time for you to go to sleep depending on when you need to wake up.
  2. Sleep Cycle Alarm: By monitoring your sleep patterns, this app wakes you up during your lightest period of sleep to ensure you get out of bed feeling fresh and ready for the day.
  3. SimplyNoise: This white noise generator helps you create a relaxing, distraction-free sleep environment.

If you’re in need of new sleep gear, try the REM-Fit Adjustable Pillow. You can fill it or remove fluff to make it your perfect pillow whether you’re a side, back or stomach sleeper.

10 Worst Cities for Allergies Span Midwest and South

It’s officially spring, and that has 45 million allergy sufferers across the country in fear of the dreaded allergen pollen.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its annual study of the worst allergy cities, and its findings show those in the Midwest and South have an especially sneezy spring on the horizon.

AAFA’s top 10 worst cities for allergies are:

  1. Louisville
  2. Memphis
  3. Baton Rouge
  4. Oklahoma City
  5. Jackson, Miss.
  6. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  7. Dallas
  8. Richmond, Va.
  9. Birmingham, Ala.
  10. McAllen, Texas

Whether you’re in a top 10 city or not, it’s important to keep allergens out of your mattress for a healthy sleep environment. Mattress protectors like the AllerZip Smooth will prevent allergens from entering your sleep area for a good, sneeze-reduced night’s rest.

Get REM-Fit: Become a Wake-Up Champion Today

Runners, Crossfitters, walkers, athletes and exercisers of all sorts can now unite as part of REM-Fit’s “Wake-Up Champion” team.

The team of “Wake-Up” Champions will receive fitness tips and motivation as well as exclusive access to future product samples. And, the first 20 members to register will receive a REM-Fit Energize pillow protector and a REM-Fit Wake-Up Champion shirt.

According to Protect-A-Bed CEO James Bell: “The Wake-Up Champions team is designed for athletes of all kinds: cyclists, runners, swimmers, yoginis, cardio warriors and more. In addition to giving athletes the tools they need for a great night’s sleep, we’d also like to invite them to be part of a community to share their tips to motivate each other.”

Sign up here to reserve your spot on the Wake-Up Champion team. To learn more, visit, like the REM-Fit Facebook page and follow REM-Fit on Instagram (@REMFitLife) and Twitter (@REM_Fit).

To Nap or Not to Nap?

Is napping part of your nature? While midday sleeping may be frowned upon or viewed as lazy, the National Sleep Foundation reports that a short nap of 20 to 30 minutes may be beneficial. A quality nap can improve mood, alertness and performance.

To make the most of naptime, the National Sleep Foundation suggests:

1)    Keep naps to 20 to 30 minutes for short-term alertness.

2)    Ensure the room temperature is cool and comfortable. Thermo-regulating bedding can help with this step.

3)    Take naps earlier in the day to avoid disrupting sleep patterns.

While naps can be a good midday fix, they’re not the solution for inadequate sleep. Simple solutions like a quality pillow can help good, quality sleep become a nightly habit.