How Losing Sleep Can Cause You to Get Fat

Sleep is good. Further to that point, if you don’t sleep enough your pant size may suffer.

Do you suffer from or do any of the below?

If you do, you could be running the risk of slowing down your metabolism.

Wonder why this happens? You’re in luck, this article covers how a lack of sleep can cause your body to gain weight and become something you don’t recognize.

 

A Lack of Sleep Confuses Your Metabolism

If you don’t sleep at least 6 consecutive hours at a similar time every night, your sleep cycle is interrupted and changed on a weekly basis. This has the effect of really throwing off your metabolism and increasing your risk of obesity or type 2 diabetes.

A big danger in our on-the-go culture where our devices keep us connected to media and entertainment at any hour, it can feel as though we have to fit sleep into our busy schedules. However, doctors say it really should be the other way around for the sake of your health.

 

A Lack of Sleep Acts as the 1st Domino

Not getting enough sleep can have a domino effect on your health and life in general. Without a good sleep, your body and metabolism won’t operate as it should, which in-turn causes other aspects of your life to fall into disarray which often causes overeating. Be wary when you’re tired not to medicate yourself with food, this is a major cause of weight gain.

 

Causes Mood Disorders

The presence of mood disorders and disruptions in a person’s memory and cognition have been proven to be caused by a lack of sleep. Serious long-term problems that were tied to poor sleep habits included heart disease and hypertension. He added that sleep differs from person to person. But whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, our circadian rhythms have been programmed to enable sleep during the night when it’s dark.

 

The Takeaway

If you don’t get enough sleep and are now worrying about your waistline, your concern is justified. Sleep loss has been shown to cause alterations in satiety hormones, feelings of hunger, and can lead you to crave fatty comfort foods.

This is such a problem that it even led tech giant Apple to include “Night Shift” mode on its devices — the opportunity to change the light shining from your screen from circadian-disrupting blue to a more sleep-conducive orange hue at night.

 

SOLUTION?

Being active during the day, eating a healthy, and a well-balanced diet, are all keys to getting a good night’s sleep.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Sick? Here’s a Few Ways to Sleep with a Runny Nose

Sleeping with a runny nose is impossible. Plus, sleep is vital in the healing process. Studies have shown even found that better sleep may reduce the risk of getting a cold in the first place. Several strategies can prevent a stuffy nose from ruining a good night’s sleep.

 

Prop Up your Head

Elevating your head during the night makes it easier for your nose and sinuses to drain. This is important because at night mucus pools in the head, making it harder to breathe and potentially causing a sinus headache in the morning. Try elevating the head on a few pillows to help the sinuses drain more easily.

 

Prepare your Bedroom

A dry runny nose at night often becomes irritated. Humidifiers moisturize the air, preventing dryness and reducing the pain of breathing while congested. It is important to clean humidifiers regularly, as moisture can promote the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Congestion is not the only thing that makes it harder to sleep with a cold. For many people, getting up for water or tissues can interrupt sleep all night. Keeping a box of tissues, a wastebasket, and a bottle of water by the bed can make nightly interruptions shorter and more comfortable.

 

Add Honey to your Routine

This is generally how it happens, you have a runny nose, then you start to breathe through your mouth, which then makes your throat sore. Life’s fun, sometimes right?

When a person already has a cough or sore throat, this can make it difficult to sleep. Honey coats the throat, easing discomfort. Honey may even work as a cough suppressant. Honey was the most effective option for easing cough symptoms. Children may also be more willing to try honey than medications.

 

Hit Yourself with Steam

Hot steam may help open the sinuses. Steam loosens the dried mucus and can help the nose drain before bed, reducing pain and congestion. Some people find that massaging the skin covering the sinuses promotes further drainage. Taking a warm shower before bed may also help a person relax before trying to sleep.

 

Try Something Different? Perhaps a Nasal Strip

Nasal strips attach to the bridge of the nose and pull the nostrils out slightly. Although many people use nasal strips to prevent snoring, they can also make it easier to breathe when a person has a stuffy nose. Try sleeping with a nose strip until the congestion eases.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

I Fall Asleep to Music, Is that Bad for Me?

Music is important to us. It’s intertwined throughout our society and every one of us has their own tastes and music preferences. Whether it is a love, hate, sad, or happy song, there is always one that can get you through the day. Music is the perfect way to improve your mood or put you in the mood you want to be in at any particular time.

Many people are so invested in their music that they find it easier to sleep whilst listening to their favorite playlist or album. But is this a good idea? Let’s find out together!

 

How Does Music Affect Us?

Music is totally subjective, meaning that we all react to it differently. That extends to every element of our lives with music, some people love music to pick up their mood, but many others use it to calm themselves down, and so on and so forth. Music is truly unique in its power to affect us and change the way we’re feeling.

 

Sleeping with Music: What Is It Good For?

We’re all addicted to our phones and technology these days, and of course, that extends to our bedrooms. When it comes to bedtime, oftentimes our sleep rituals somehow involve some form of technology. This is when many of us put down our phones and turn on the tunes.

Why do so many of us do this? Studies have shown that listening to music while trying to fall asleep could be used as an alternative treatment for those who may suffer from PTSD and insomnia. Another study showed that classical music improved the quality of sleep in those who suffered from various sleep problems. On the flip side, some researchers suggest that falling asleep to music has been known to cause an increase in heart rate resulting in wakefulness.

 

Sleeping with Earbuds

Earbuds are a great way to sleep with music without disturbing your partner. This way of enjoying music in the bed, however, poses certain risks including:

Necrosis – This is the death of body tissue. This can happen if the buds don’t fit well and cause pressure on the skin in the ear canal.

Wax Build up– When wax can’t escape from the ears, it builds up and may need to be suctioned out. Along with being really gross, it is also quite unhealthy.

Wakefulness – Often times, earbuds will cause you to stay awake during the night. They are intrusive, but if you’re comfortable with them, then go ahead cautiously.

 

Alternatives?

If you are the only person sleeping in the room, listening to the radio rather than earbuds a great way to go. Another possible alternative that could work with someone else in the room is listening to the television. If you don’t have a radio, which wouldn’t be surprising if you don’t give all of the alternative technology, simply turn on the television. This method of falling asleep isn’t ideal because the blue light coming off the television has been proven to stimulate your mind, causing your body to stay awake longer.

 

The Conclusion

The overall point of this article is that it is far from terrible to fall asleep with music on, the only variable that can make it potentially harmful is the way you do so. If you aren’t accustomed to listening to music or are easily awoken by a sound, sleeping while listening probably isn’t the ideal thing for you. Listening to music has proven effects on those who suffer from many psychological and sleep-related issues. Because of this, it would make sense that listening to music would help your body get more and better rest through the night.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Don’t Ruin your Body: 5 Things that Happen to your Body When You Don’t Sleep Enough

Sleeping is great. It’s hardly disputed, but along with being amazing, it’s also critical to overall well-being and quality of life. Not getting enough sleep can ruin your health, lower your sex drive, weaken your immune system, cause thinking issues, lead to weight gain, among many, many other things.

When you don’t get enough sleep, and many of us do (1 in 3 Canadians don’t get 7 hours of sleep a night) your body turns on you. It starts to act in a way that is harmful to your quality of life.

Be aware that making up sleep on the weekend is not a viable solution. This method doesn’t allow your body the same benefits as if you consistently sleep at least 7 hours a night. Plus, both short sleep duration (less than 5 hours per night) and long sleep durations (9 or more hours per night) have been shown to have a negative impact on heart health.

Read on to understand better what happens to your body when you don’t snoooooze enough.

 

Your Health Will Suffer…In Many Ways!

Fighting off illness is an everyday activity for the antibodies in your body. Not getting enough sleep doesn’t allow your body to battle against these illnesses successfully. Recently, it’s been discovered that you may lose additional sleep while your body fights off a bug if you get sick and haven’t had enough shut-eye. It’s a never-ending spiral downward. Shortened sleep is also associated with higher rates of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer

If these health risks don’t convince you to get more sleep, do it for your looks!

In one study, a group of people between the ages of 30 and 50 were evaluated based on their sleep habits and the condition of their skin. The results revealed that those with too little sleep had more fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin color, and marked looseness of the skin.

 

The Mind Becomes Muddled

Even missing one night of sleep can lead to some major cognition (thinking) issues. In a study published by Experimental Brain Research, men were asked to complete a task. One group would do so after 8 hours of sleep, the others after less than 6.

Those who had a full sleep outshone the light sleepers in an astounding manner.

 

Problems in the Bedroom (Need We Say More?)

This is a touchy one, but one that will get the attention of many young people trying to burn the midnight oil. Young men who lost sleep over a one-week period showed a decrease in testosterone levels. Sleeping 5 or fewer hours reduced sex hormone levels by as much as 10 to 15 percent.

 

You’ll Go from Fit to Fat in No Time

Unsurprisingly, a lack of sleep often equates to a packing on of the pounds. In a study of people over the age of 20, those who slept less than 5 hours each night over the course of the three-year study were more likely to gain weight and eventually become obese.

 

Whoops! (You Forgot to Pick Up Groceries for Dinner)

You’re three times more likely to be involved in a car accident if you get 6 or fewer hours of sleep each night. The most vulnerable people are shift workers, commercial drivers, business travelers, and anyone else working long or odd hours. Think twice before getting behind the wheel if you’re not sleeping enough.

 

HAVING WRITTEN ALL THIS, please take some time to consider all you’re risking before you click through to that YouTube rabbit hole at 11pm on a work night.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

 

What to know about Sleep Apnea, and why you (or your partner) probably doesn’t have it?

Sleep apnea is a hot topic these days. As soon as someone snores just a little, everyone around them gives them anxiety that they might be suffering from the potentially very harmful disorder.

Although the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has noted that the rising prevalence of sleep apnea was posing a public health threat to the United States, fewer people have it than you might think. As awareness continues to grow, it’s important for people to really understand and be able to identify the signs and symptoms.

For serious sufferers, a CPAP machine can be a literal lifesaver, but for those who have anxiety and might think they have it, it will have little to no effect because they are actually struggling with sleep because of a number of many reasons. Understanding the complexities of sleep apnea is important to dispel the false notions of what sleep apnea is.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three primary types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it most often happens when the throat muscles relax during the night, narrowing or closing your airway as you breathe in. Because of this, your breath can be choked away entirely.

This is where sleep apnea really plays with your body because as soon as your brain recognizes that you aren’t breathing well, it then wakes you up briefly so that you can reopen your airway. Because this awakening is so short, you will usually have no memory of it in the morning, but throughout the night you’ll be choking and waking, choking and waking, and so on.

The other two types of sleep apnea are Central Sleep apnea and Complex Sleep apnea, both are less common but still dangerous. With Central Sleep apnea, the brain isn’t sending the proper signals to your breathing muscles during the night resulting in similar symptoms to the Obstructive Sleep apnea. With Complex Sleep apnea you suffer from elements of both obstructive and central sleep apnea and is the least prevalent type of the disorder.

 

Causes

The causes of these sleep apnea symptoms are numerous and varied, read below to find out which ones maybe, or maybe not, affecting you.

  • Excess weight
  • Thicker neck circumference
  • A narrowed airway
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or sedatives
  • Consistent nasal congestion

 

On top of this, heart disorders, stroke, and the use of narcotic pain medications can all increase your risk.

 

Is my Problem Sleep Apnea?

Although tough to diagnose, your partner or friends may be the best people to help you understand why you’re constantly waking up tired. The closest people to you will be able to tell you if you’re waking up gasping, or if you’re just getting crappy nights of sleep for another reason.

There are some other symptoms that may be easier to pinpoint on your own, including waking up with a dry mouth or a morning headache, difficulty staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness and difficulty paying attention while awake.

It’s important to remember: even if you know you’re a big-time scorer, there’s no need to immediately jump to the conclusion that you have sleep apnea. While it’s true that almost everyone with the disorder does snore, that doesn’t mean that everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

 

How to Treat this Problem?

A lot of people think that the only solution to sleep apnea is an ugly mask. This isn’t correct, even though most sufferers wear a CPAP mask at night. For some suffering with obstructive sleep apnea, lifestyle changes help the most. For some that could mean losing weight or avoiding alcohol and sedatives before bed, while for others, the solution is to sleep on an adjustable bed base. Another idea is to try a set of allergen-free sheets or perhaps a new body pillow as that will train yourself to sleep on your side rather than your back, which improves your breathing.

While the reality of having sleep apnea may seem extremely frustrating, finding the correct solution to it could be the key to finally getting the sleep you need to live your best life.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.