Why a good night of sleep is so important

I’m an animal in bed, I can sleep for days… Really, I can enjoy getting into bed or waking up so much because of the high level of comfort. Softness all around, pillows, blankets, that relaxed feeling. And after travelling for two months through Southeast Asia, I can only appreciate the comfort of a good mattress even more. (Seriously, how do people sleep on brick-like mattresses?)

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The mattress I slept on before I went on my trip was old. So I needed a new mattress. And although a mattress is a real investment, it’s só worth it. Here’s why.

  1. For a good and healthy brain function
    When you are asleep, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. Your brain actually cleans itself of toxins when you sleep, researchers say. This study found that the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically and that fluid washes away the ‘harmful proteins’ that build up between brain cells when you are awake. You know when you wake up (to catch an early flight, for example) after only five hours of sleep and how your head can hurt? That probably has to do with your brains not being done with that whole cleaning process.
  2. A healthy mind
    When you’ve had a busy day or have seen a lot of new things, there’s a big chance you’ll have some intense dreams. I travelled around and after a while I kept dreaming heavily and waking up not knowing where I was. Dreaming is actually electrical brain impulses that pull random thoughts and imagery from our memories, so that you can process all the things you’ve been through. A study published by Matthew Walker and colleagues at the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at UC Berkeley, found that a reduction in REM sleep (that means less dreaming) influences our ability to understand complex emotions in daily life – an essential feature of human social functioning.
  3. A healthy body
    Believe it or not: sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. And therefore a build of lack of sleep is linked to lots of diseases concerning vital organs like the heart and the kidneys.
  4. A healthy weight
    Researchers at the University of Chicago studied dieters who were well rested. What they found? They lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. Interesting, right? Also interesting to know: sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain.

So now you understand the importance of a good mattress like mine from Simba Matras. This mattress has a unique combination of 2,500 conical pocket springs and responsive memory foam that moulds expertly to your body shape. I’ve been sleeping on this mattress for a few nights and I’ve slept like a baby. It’s like I’m being hugged to sleep and when I wake up I feel so well rested.

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Note: I’ve been given this mattress (#spon) but what I share with you about the product will always be true and real.

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