Lack of Sleep Causes Brain Damage

Lack of Sleep Causes Brain Damage

Lack of Sleep Causes Brain Damage

Whether it’s a college student staying up all night, an employee who works the graveyard shift or even a night owl, it’s time to start putting a little more emphasis into your sleeping schedule. A recent study by the Journal of Neuroscience found that mice who stayed awake too long destroyed brain cells and may do the same to humans.

This is the first study ever conducted where sleep loss is seen to cause irreversible damage. Continue reading

How to Stay Up All Night

As a leading mattress store, we’re usually encouraging our customers to get plenty of sleep. But this blog is shifting gears away from shut-eye and will instead focus on something we all have to do, every now and again: pull an all-nighter. We’re giving you tips on How to Stay Up All Night.

How to Stay Up All Night

The reasons for going an entire night without sleep vary from person to person. You many need to work a late shift at work. There’s one more chance to study before the big mid-term exam. Or maybe you want to see that sporting event halfway around the world live.

Planning a sleep-free night? While it’s certainly not recommended, here are some useful methods for keeping those eyelids open:

·         Sleep soundly the night before. In other words, put a zzzzzzeposit in your sleep bank. Getting a few extra hours can fight the urge to sleep when you want to stay up. Continue reading

Does Evening Workouts Disrupt your Sleep?

 The reasons people skip evening workouts are plentiful. Most people put off that 7:00 PM exercise bike session because they fear the increased heart rate will make it harder to sleep. For anyone with a busy lifestyle, the evening hours usually mean dinner with family and a chance to spend time with the kids – so that weight bench will have to wait until tomorrow morning.

Does Evening Workouts Disrupt your Sleep?

For these reasons and many others, the bottom line is that evening workouts are frowned upon – and disruptions in sleep patterns (both real and imagined) are a big reason why. But is it OK to burn evening calories and still sleep soundly? Contrary to popular opinion, a recent Reuters article suggests so.

Researchers at Arizona State University found that evening exercisers slept just as well as those who skip nighttime workouts. Early morning exercisers, according to the study, slept better than everybody else.

This research is in direct contrast to the National Sleep Foundation’s recommendations. The NSF doesn’t say that evening workouts are adverse to optimum sleep, but the organization generally suggests relaxing, low-level activity, such as yoga or meditation.

The biggest gap in sleep quality was between early-morning exercisers and those who didn’t exercise at all. Overall, 88% of those early-bird bikers reported sleeping well, compared only 44% of couch potatoes. Researchers concluded that the best thing to do is get physical activity, period – regardless of it occurs in the early AM hours, during lunch or well into the evening.

The big message to take away from the study: don’t fear the evening workout. “Sleep recommendations suggest avoiding exercise prior to bed,” said Matthew Buman, lead author of the study from Arizona State University in Phoenix. “We found evidence to the contrary suggesting that individuals need not avoid exercise at night.”

Sit ‘n Sleep has the perfect mattress for early morning exercisers, evening workout enthusiasts and everybody else. A comfortable mattress can help anyone sleep better, regardless of their exercise schedule. Plus, we also have the ideal mattress pad or pillow to help achieve the best possible pre or post-workout rest.

If you’d like to learn more about our products, just give us a call at 1-800-908-0354. We have many stores throughout Southern California, and there’s probably a Sit ‘n Sleep just a short drive from your home. Check out our store for a great selection and unbeatable prices.

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Five Reasons to Get the Best Mattress You Can Afford

Considering we spent one-third of our lives in bed, it is hardly surprising that 92 percent of people polled by the National Sleep Foundation said that a comfortable mattress is crucial to a good night’s sleep. Yet, if we spent the same amount of time in your car, you can be darned sure you would get the most comfortable seats you could afford. Continue reading

Insane Mattress Trends of the Past

Insane Mattress Trends of the Past

Insane Mattress Trends of the Past

In a memorable Seinfeld episode, Kramer reveals his secret to a great night’s sleep – a mattress filled with sand. As Kramer tells Jerry, “It’s like sleeping on the beach, Jerry!”

It may be hard to believe, but Jerry’s goofy sidekick isn’t the craziest proponent of alternative mattress types. When it comes to wild ideas for sleeping surfaces, sitcoms have nothing on real life.

From the earliest stages of recorded history to the present day, the mattress has transformed from a crude, utilitarian sleeping place to today’s ultra-comfortable retreats. Mattress trends encompass the wacky, weird and pretty much everything in between. Continue reading

Is There a Backlash For Cutting Mattress Tag?

Does the Mattress Police Department exist? And is there really a penalty for cutting mattress tag? One recent story offers an interesting take on the much-debated topic.

Edwardsville, Illinois resident Amy Murphy unexpectedly got herself involved with the mattress-cutting controversy. Murphy, who suffered from severe back pain, purchased a memory foam mattress for a hefty sum of $1,500 (apparently, the price of comfort has a high ceiling). Yet after only a few months, her mattress lost its memory and began sagging in the middle.

After documenting the sag, Murphy went to return the mattress. After all, it came with a 25-year warranty. Yet the warranty was voided, all due to that cardinal mattress sin – yep, Murphy removed her mattress tag. Continue reading

The Best Mattresses for Back and Side Sleepers

Chances are you fall into one of the two most popular sleeping positions: back and side. Each position has its pros and cons, and each individual’s personal preference boils down to one factor – comfort. And that’s not surprising, since most people spend roughly 30% of their lifetime sleeping; if you’re choosing a position to spend literally years of time, it helps to find one that works.

The Best Mattresses for Back and Side Sleepers

Before we look at best mattresses for back and side sleepers, it’ll help to quickly review the main differences (other than the obvious) between the two. Sleeping on your side is probably the best option for your back. Plus, this position can help neutralize pressure on knees, shoulders, ankles and other joints. Side sleeping is a default position for pregnant mothers (optimizes blood flow for both mom and baby) and anyone suffering from acid reflux disease (discourages heartburn). For back sleepers, it seems to come down to one main factor – alignment. Sleeping on your back keeps the neck and spine in a neutral position. That single factor (for many people) is all that’s required for solid, uninterrupted shut-eye. Continue reading