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.

 

Want to Sleep Deeper? Keep These Things Out of the Bedroom!

Sleeping for 8 hours is tough. But if you have distractions in your bedroom, it’s just about impossible to sleep that long. There are obvious things to do to maximize your sleep like putting your phone to bed before entering the bedroom, as well as avoiding heavy meals right before bedtime. Other items that keep you up are less obvious, however!

Read the article below to learn what items to avoid having in your bedroom, thinking about in your bedroom, or even dreaming about in your bedroom.

 

OBVIOUS ONES

            Loud or Bright Devices

Oh boy, this will be a tough one, but it is extremely important. On top of being attractive for you to grab and send late-night texts, phones are also classic sleep killers because of notifications. Even if you turn them off, they always still somehow find a way to light up your phone and of course, wake you up!

 

           Pets

Don’t do it! Just don’t do it. No matter how hard your significant other tries to convince you, don’t let your dog, cat, iguana, or any other pet you have in your bedroom. It’s always best that they sleep in their own beds.

 

            Work Anxiety

Self-explanatory. Don’t think about work, it’ll keep you up. Every time.

 

LESS OBVIOUS, BUT STILL IMPORTANT ONES

            The Tube

Every one loves falling asleep watching their favorite show, we get it, but it’s detrimental to your sleep. You may think you’re falling asleep because of the tv, but in fact you’re falling asleep because your body is so tired of watching.

 

            Crazy Temperature

The excessive temperature in the bedroom is a terrible idea. Whether very hot or very cold, they are not good for your sleeping patterns. Try sleeping in a cool, dark environment, it’ll change your world if you haven’t been doing so!

 

GOOD PRACTICES FOR A GREAT SLEEPER

             Excess Stuff

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, and sanctuaries should not be cluttered, dirty or excessively crowded. Keep your bedroom dignified to help your body decompress at night.

 

            Alarms

Waking up naturally is best, but if you do have to have an alarm clock, put it in the other room so that you don’t get thrown off by the light.

 

           Bad Bedding & Children

Buying nice, comfortable bedding is important not only to how your bedroom looks and feels but also to how you sleep. On top of great bedding, make sure to encourage your children to sleep in their own rooms if possible. Just like how pets wake you up, children will do the same if giving the opportunity!

 

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’s Keeping You Up at Night?

There a ton of reasons why many of us don’t get as much sleep as we’d like. But at the end of the day, whatever you’re dealing with, you’re simply not getting enough sleep. In this article, we’re going to look at the many factors that keep us up at night and how you can best deal with them.

 

                Who’s Sleeping Best & Worst

Young females are generally getting the worst sleep, while retired males are getting the most sleep. When analyzed both of these findings make a lot of sense. First, young females often have children to deal with, meaning they’re up until all hours of the night dealing with their little ones. Conversely, retired males (and females to a large extent) have little cares in the world that keeps them up at night.

 

The Four Elements that Keep Us Up

These four elements aren’t the only things keeping us up at night, but they are the most common.

 

Stress

Stress is well-known as the main cause of stress, and while it’s great to know what’s keeping you up, it’s tough to deal with the root cause of stress, which is why it continues to be such a big factor for so many people. People who rated their sleep as poor were nearly four times more likely to have been stressed in the two weeks prior to the survey. Interestingly enough, and perhaps counter to what we’d think, women seem to be more affected by stress than men.

 

Pain

Physical pain is experienced by every one of us every day, but those of us who experience it at night often don’t sleep well. Dealing with this issue is often easier than dealing with stress because it’s a cut & dry problem.

 

Personal Finances

Just like stress, personal finances keep many of us at night because it makes us feel inferior and ultimately stressed out because we’re not sure we’ll be able to cover our expenses. Combating personal finance stress is easier than you might think though! All you need to do is take a breath and shift your perspective from one that is wanting to one that is appreciative of what you have.

Another way to combat this type of sleep issue is to start saving for retirement or unforeseen medical expenses. People who do this are two times more likely to rate their sleep as excellent.

 

Isolation/Loneliness

This last major cause of sleep deprivation is less thought about than the others. Many of us worry about being alone and being isolated from our friends and family. This can be, again, combated by shifting one’s perspective.

 

What Helps Us Sleep

Enough of the negatives, here are the things that help us sleep!

The most common causes of great sleep are good financial management, meaningful relationships, and a positive mindset. These causes, of course, do not include the pharmaceutical or natural equivalents.

 

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.