When you lead a busy life, the amount of sleep you get seems to be slowly chipped away. Too often the volume of pillow time depletes like our savings and as we find ourselves rest we stop enjoying the busy lives we have grown to love. In short, sleep is a valuable thing and in examining work-life balance, sleep shouldn’t be something that is way down our priority list and now, the old adage about us requiring beauty sleep has gained some scientific support.
A recent survey conducted in Stockholm, Sweden, (see here) revealed that those who get less sleep look older and sadder than their well-rested counterparts, but it’s not just the cost to our physical appearance that we need to consider when it comes to lack of sleep – it’s the impact on the family too. A separate poll conducted in the UK by the Sleep Council reveals that households who earn a combined income below £35000 [$54911] are less likely to get to sleep next to their partner every night at home than those who earn above this threshold (77 per cent compared to 82 per cent). This is probably not that surprising, but reminds us that sleep is more than just rest – it’s often quality time too.
So, how do we improve the length and quality of our sleep? Unfortunately, restrictions on finances mean we frequently can’t change the amount of sleep we get but we can try and make sure that we get good quality sleep. Simple steps like avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed and keeping a dedicated sleeping area free from distraction can improve the quality of sleep and that of time spent with our partners too.
How comfortable your bed is will also play a part and if you value your sleep, buying the quality bed and a mattress that suits your sleeping preferences is a sleep-sound investment. Some people prefer a firm mattress, whereas others like a mattress that molds to their shape, which is why memory foam mattresses are incredibly popular. Not sure which group you belong to? Zleeps in the UK offers a 60-night trial on their memory foam mattresses and there are similar deals in the US. Often, a trip in-store to try out beds and their relative comfort can help you narrow your search, even if you want to take advantage of an online deal.