We all know the value of a good night’s sleep. Colloquially, tonight’s sleep is the foundation of our energy level tomorrow. Psychologically, we deplete our dopamine levels during the day, and our bodies only produce dopamine during REM sleep. And in terms of our health, getting a good night’s sleep limits our dependency on stimulants to stay awake during the day. (Yes, there are health benefits to coffee, but more than a couple cups a day can be damaging.)
One of the keys to getting a good night’s sleep is how efficiently we fall asleep. Most of us who are cognizant of the need for 8 hours of sleep enough plan bedtime around the time we need to wake up in the morning. If I have to get up at 5, for example, then I know I need to be in bed by 9.
But that only works if I actually fall asleep at my bedtime. If I lie awake for two hours, tossing and turning to try to get comfortable, then when 5 AM rolls around I won’t have gotten 8 hours of sleep. If I wake up during the night and it takes me an hour to fall back to sleep again, same story.
How comfortable we are when we lie in our beds has a profound effect on how quickly we fall asleep. Our level of comfort is tied to our sleep posture, which is every bit as important as our posture when sitting in a chair or standing for long periods. Good sleep posture equals comfortable sleep. Bad sleep posture equals discomfort.
As the effect of sleep deficiency and deprivation have become better known over the past couple of decades, so has our knowledge of what facilitates good sleep. That knowledge has helped technologies like memory foam to proliferate, greatly improving sleep posture for millions of people.
Technologies that allow the body to find it’s ideal sleep posture and that conform to that posture enable us to become comfortable more quickly. Comfort brings sleep on more quickly, contributes to more sustained sleep, and allows us to fall back to sleep faster when we wake up in the night.
Importantly, not all memory foam is the same. Quality memory foam suppliers like Nature’s Sleep (NaturesSleep.com) might cost a little more, but off-brand, discount memory foam mattresses are likely to be made in part with regular foam. Those mattresses tend to be too soft, putting strain on the body during sleep and actually creating poor sleep posture.
For many customers, having the technology that helps them to fall asleep more quickly also provides a peripheral benefit. They can enjoy their lives right up to their bedtime, knowing that they will get a good night’s sleep without having to buffer their sleep schedule with extra “falling asleep” time.