This is a sponsored post about Sleep Deprivation and how much sleep do we need is written by me on behalf of Sleep Number for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night? Or maybe you were in bed for 8 hours but still wake up exhausted. I am often awoken by my husband snoring or pulling the sheets off.
All of these scenarios lead to sleep Deprivation. Let me tell you I am quite the grump when I don’t get enough sleep. So what is the solution so everyone gets a good night’s sleep and eliminates some of the causes of Sleep Deprivation?
My neighbors were telling me about their bed they recently bought from the Sleep Number Store and I thought I would head over there to learn more. I had heard so much about sleep numbers so it was about time I found out!
How Do YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM SLEEP DEPRIVATION?
My son and I headed to Sleep Number store and first learn about all the Sleep Number beds and how they analyze your sleep number. Here is an example of how I sleep before bed adjusts.
I am an early bird. I do not mind waking up in the morning to start the day but by 9 pm put me in a lateral position and I am out for the night. However, I don’t think I am getting the right amount of sleep each night as I toss and turn.
A few weeks ago we talked about sleep deprivation and how knowing your Sleep IQ can help get more sleep.
So how Much Sleep do you actually need?
Many experts believe that between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of sleep a night is optimal. However, better sleep does not refer to just the length of time we sleep. Actually the quality of sleep is more important than the quantity.
According to The Better Sleep Council: 6 hours of deep refreshing sleep is more beneficial than 8 hours of light interrupted sleep.
Tips To Sleep Better**: This is great for adults and Kids
- Establish a consistent sleep schedule by sleeping at the same time each day of the week (including weekends). As awful as it seems, also put on an alarm even on the weekends.
- Relax before sleeping. Put away those iPads and running shoes. Instead, take out a magazine or book or do relaxation exercises.
- Too hot or too cold can create a less than the optimal sleeping environment. Put light reducing blinds, make sure any electronics even the cable box is turned off. Computer or phone chargers often have lights that are distracting and have a ceiling fan if possible to move the air. Ensure your bedding is of adequate quality
- Do your furballs or kids sleep with you? You might need to get a larger bed with enough space to share. My husband likes to sleep in the middle of the bed so size would not matter.
- Watch what you eat and drink before bed. Avoid sugar, caffeine and even alcohol can disrupt sleep. I may fall asleep quickly after a glass of two of wine, but sometimes I will wake up in the middle of the night with a headache.
- ** It does take up to thirty days to break a habit, so be patient.
Currently, few Americans actually track their sleep like they do other parts of their lives, 43% track exercise, 41% track diet, but only 16% track sleep. Sleep Number® DualAir™ technologymakes tracking your sleep easy – with SleepIQ® technology, you have nothing to wear, nothing to turn on All you have to do is sleep.
What Sleep Number Beds Provide the Best Sleep?
Some beds can be lifted on both sides so you can raise your snoring spouse in the middle of the night without waking anyone up. They also have heat sensors that control temperatures, something I could really use. One of the newest Sleep Number Bed features is the SleepIQ® technology, which keeps track of the amount of time you are sleeping, iSleep Number setting, average heart rate, and average breathing rate and how well you are sleeping (deep or restless).
With the data your bed collects, the SleepIQ® technology gives you the knowledge to adjust for your best sleep. Who knew you could help with sleep deprivation through your bed.
How it works: sensors working directly with DualAir™ technology inside the Sleep Number bed measure average breathing rate, average heart rate, movement and bed presence to show you the quality of your sleep. SleepIQ technology couldn’t be easier to use.nothing to wear, nothing to turn on
All you have to do is sleep. Not all sleep deprivation is caused by your bed or spouse, SleepIQ® data helps identify routines and factors that affect sleep. Using an intuitive activity tracker, you can monitor things like caffeine intake, diet, exercise, television, media usage, and medications.
You can use this knowledge to identify trends and make changes over time; from the ideal comfort, firmness and support of your bed – your SLEEP NUMBER® setting, to adjusting daily routines like diet and exercise.