Good sleep is essential for us. As science continues to unravel the mysteries of sleep, we are slowly waking up to the undeniable: we are not getting enough of it. Demanding careers, non-stop lifestyles and irregular daily routines have affected the quality and quantity of sleep. While the battle for our sleep-time continues, our quest for better rest becomes more and more critical.
Deep sleep plays a vital role in our physical and mental recovery. Modern technology and conscious preparation can help pave the way for a relaxing and rejuvenating sleep.
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Make your surroundings support your perfect sleep
A sleeping environment is essential for good night sleep. When we think about bedrooms, we don’t necessarily think about anything else than a room with a comfy bed. But temperature, lighting and quietness should not be overlooked.
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Luckily we are surrounded by modern technology that can help us fine-tune our individual sleeping experiences. Sleep tracking apps can help us make informed adjustments to our surroundings and help us better understand our individual needs.
Hot, cold and draughty rooms can seriously impact sleep, and using temperature sensors, such as the RuuviTag, can help keep the bedroom temperature under control. RuuviTag comes with a free app, Ruuvi Station, that can record environmental sensor data from any close by RuuviTag for a complete 24-hours at a time. Provided temperature, relative humidity, and air pressure measurements can then be used to adjust the temperature and airflow in the room accordingly.
Loud noises or otherwise noisy environments can also disrupt our sleep. But some people have also found that apps designed to natural playback sounds, controlled noise or soothing music can help them relax and fall asleep faster.
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We tend to fill our bedrooms with gadgets and habits that don’t help us prepare for bedtime. Bedrooms should be considered calm and relaxing places, where our minds and bodies can wind down and prepare for sleep.
Clearing your head from work and worries, and limiting screen-time in bed, will both have a positive effect on your sleep.
The importance of good quality sleep for your health.
Quality and quantity of sleep have declined steadily during the past few decades. Many people experience poor sleep or lack of sleep regularly, and it can take a severe toll on productivity, emotional balance, and health. Good quality sleep helps us perform better and helps our body regenerate and stay healthy; a good night’s sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Carefully planned bedtime routine, daily exercise, relaxation and healthy food are essential in a quest for better and more effective sleep. An average adult requires 7–9 hours of sleep, but this is threatened mainly by our modern, busy lifestyles. A good sleep environment will further enhance sleep quality and help to reach an undisrupted and rejuvenating sleeping experience.
Five stages of sleep
Scientists have studied the mental and physical importance of sleep for the past 60 years: the modern era of sleep research started in the 1950s with the discovery of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. As technology advanced, scientists expanded their research to brain waves, heart and the various effects that sleep, or lack of it, has on our minds and bodies.
During sleep, the body experiences five different stages of both REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. These stages progress cyclically, with each stage varying in its length and depth of sleep. An average adult completes 5–6 cycles each night. A complete cycle can take anywhere between 90–110 minutes.
Stages of deep sleep are an essential part of restful sleep. During deep sleep, your blood pressure drops, which helps your body to reach a more relaxed state. Elevated heart rate allows muscles to receive more significant quantities of oxygenated blood, and your body will generate new tissue on a cellular level. Deep sleep plays an essential role in learning and memory function, helping you consolidate newly experienced memories and create long-term memories.
Preparing for bedtime should be part of your daily routine: limiting the use of gadgets in the bedroom will help slow down both mentally and physically.
Environmental sensors, such as RuuviTag, can provide essential information when adjusting your bedroom temperature and airflow to support your sleep. In contrast, sleep tracking apps can tell you if your sleeping habits or environment require further fine-tuning.
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Is good sleep really that important?
Yes, it is. The long-term effects of having a “bad” sleep can range from a higher risk of diabetes to a soaring risk of heart attacks. Better get that good sleep!
Better sleep = longer life?
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