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When you fall asleep, your brain and body experience a series of changes. The cyclical nature of these changes has helped sleep experts better understand what stages make up slumber and how they differ from each other. The following information details what occurs as you drift into unconsciousness each night.
The first stage of sleep is also the shortest. It lasts for only a few minutes, during which time your body prepares to enter deeper sleep. Because you are not yet in deep slumber, any number of events such as a dog barking or phone ringing can easily arouse you. In fact, you may not yet feel as though you were falling asleep should such a disturbance happen.
Sleep experts do not typically consider the second stage of sleep to be deep sleep, though the body continues to alter its activities in preparation for it. If in proximity to someone in the second stage of sleep, you might notice a change in breathing patterns, as respiratory function slows. The heart also decreases its beating rate at this time.
Once in the third stage of sleep, the body has finally entered deep slumber. Brain activity reflects this change in sleep by emitting slow waves called delta waves. This stage of sleep can continue for up to a half-hour if you remain undisturbed. Should you become awakened, you may feel confused or bewildered until you reestablish full consciousness.
Many people may know the fourth stage of sleep as REM sleep. When you are in REM sleep, brain waves change once again. Brain activity heightens, as do eye and respiration behaviors. REM sleep accounts for the period of slumber when your mind dreams.
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When you don’t get enough sleep at night, how does it affect your behavior the next day? If you’re like millions of other sleep-deprived individuals, you might feel exceptionally stressed at work or home. Proper slumber can offset the effects of stress. Even if you have important deadlines to meet at the office or young children to take care of at home, getting enough sleep each night can help you better manage your responsibilities. In some cases, stress may make it more difficult to get adequate sleep. If you lie awake at night because of stressful thoughts, take the necessary measures to calm your body and mind before attempting to go to bed. When your stress levels are high, it becomes increasingly important to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
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Do you regularly get less than eight hours of sleep? If so, you may be putting your health in serious risk. Many people must contend with hectic schedules that seem to preclude adequate slumber, but when sleep is cut short, it can lead to potentially life-threatening consequences. Should you be among the millions of people who curtail their sleeping schedules to fit in more activities, consider these health consequences:
Deteriorated Metabolic Function
Many systems of the body depend on proper sleep so that they too can function at their best. Your metabolic system in particular is vulnerable to your sleeping habits. Poor sleep makes your body mistakenly believe that it requires more caloric sustenance, which means that you might eat more at snack and mealtime to fulfill this need. Because your body does not actually require these additional calories, they become added weight. Changes to the way your body processes blood glucose as the result of sleep deprivation can also increase the danger of diabetes.
Increased Cardiovascular Risks
Too little sleep can adversely affect your heart in a myriad of ways. For one, it can cause your blood pressure to rise. Two, it can change the regularity of the electrical impulses that prompt your heart to contract and pump blood. Both hypertension and arrhythmia can heighten your risk of heart disease. As the cardiovascular system contends with greater blood pressure forces, it can suffer tissue deterioration that may increase the chances of a blood clot or artery rupture. Arrhythmia can raise the danger of experiencing stroke as well.
Reduced Mental Focus
When you do not get enough sleep, it becomes more difficult to maintain focus on any number of tasks, including cooking dinner, driving a car, or handling machinery. If you perform any of these activities while suffering from sleep deprivation, you may be putting your life at risk. With reduced mental focus, it becomes easier to cause an accident that could result in serious harm to your health and those around you.
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Even the most compatible couples will not see eye-to-eye on every issue, including their mattress preferences. While one partner enjoys a soft and pillow-like bed, the other favors a stiff and unyielding mattress. How can they both enjoy a good night’s rest with such seemingly irreconcilable opinions? The answer lies in getting a memory foam mattress. Memory foam was made to accommodate couples with dissimilar bed preferences. As its name indicates, memory foam can create a bed surface that adapts to comfort needs of each user. Especially when the mattress is constructed with varying degrees of firmness on each side, couples can get the restful slumber they need without having to compromise their own versions of sleeping comfort.
The Bedroom Store is proud to offer memory foam mattresses for our St. Louis area customers. If you and your partner cannot find a bed that accommodates both of your sleeping needs, come to our store to experience for yourself our extensive array of memory foam mattresses. You can also call (314) 892-1001 to find out more about our mattress options.