Improving Your Quality of Sleep

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If you have difficulty falling asleep, or a tough time staying asleep when you finally nod off, chances are you're suffering from sleep deprivation.  When you don't get enough high-quality sleep, you're not just tired the next day, it affects your quality of life in ways you might not consider.  Inadequate and poor-quality sleep can cause:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Forgetfulness
  • Clumsiness
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Increased appetite and carb cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased immune system response
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Sleep Protocol

The first step in improving your quality of sleep is allowing your body to relax naturally.  Your ‘circadian rhythm’ tells your body when it’s time to fall asleep.  Ignoring your body’s signals can lead to a difficulty in falling asleep, sleeping deeply, or staying asleep once you've gotten there.  Drugs such as alcohol, caffeine, over-the-counter-drugs, and even prescription drugs have all been linked to sleep deprivation.  While that nightcap you enjoy may make you sleepy, it interrupts your natural biological clock, and while that late afternoon coffee you used to stay awake at work may have done the trick, it’s sure to wreak havoc on your ability to fall asleep naturally.   Even taking your smartphone to bed and playing with it before you try to fall asleep, or watching television before sleep have been shown to interrupt your natural circadian rhythms.  The blue light that your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and TV emits prevents your brain from secreting the hormone melatonin, the critical chemical your body uses to regulate your sleeping and waking cycles.  To fall asleep naturally, avoid the use of alcohol and caffeine for at least six hours before going to bed, and turn off the television at least one hour before you lie down.

Sleep Environment

To be able to fall asleep naturally, your sleep environment should be free from distractions, dark, and moderately cool.  Studies have shown that the ideal temperature to sleep hovers around 68 - 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 - 22 degrees Celsius).  When the temperature during the night rises above 75 degrees (23 degrees Celsius), you’re more likely to wake up, and falling asleep again can be difficult.  A near-constant, cool temperature in a dark room is the best environment for dropping off and staying asleep.

Your Bed

Even if you have good sleep hygiene and a good sleep environment, how can you make sure you're going to get the high-quality sleep you deserve?  You can start by looking at your bed.  An uncomfortable bed can prevent you from getting the sleep you need for a healthy lifestyle.  If you can't fall asleep or stay asleep once you've managed to drift off, or if you wake up with hot, or with neck, shoulder, hip, or back pain it's time to replace your bed.

We sometimes think of a high-quality mattress as an unfortunate necessity, but there's no other piece of furniture you own that has as much an impact on your life as your bed.  When you sleep on a comfortable mattress, you sleep more deeply, more restfully, and you wake up feeling refreshed instead of exhausted.  You’ll work better, play better, be less irritable, and your quality of life will dramatically improve.

But what should you look for in a high-quality mattress?  You might have spent most of your life sleeping on a traditional mattress-and-box-spring type mattress, opted for an air bed with or without a foam top.  You might have tried to save money by purchasing a pillow-top add-on, or even plunked down a few thousand dollars for a memory foam mattress.  All of these are excellent choices, but when it comes to sleep, none of them will give your body the deep rest it needs like Halcyon Foam.

You might not have heard of Halcyon Foam, but it's the latest in supportive air technology that provides pressure relief, durability, and exceptional temperature control.  A Halcyon Foam bed isn't your typical mattress.  Halcyon Foam beds designed by GelFoamBed are the most affordable and practical solution for a perfect night's sleep.

Please give us a call or visit our website at to learn more about improving your quality of life by getting the perfect night’s sleep!