The Sleep cycle – How can a Memory Foam Mattress or Memory Foam Topper help?
Sleeping on a memory foam mattress topper is the most natural thing in the world, but let’s look more closely at sleep.
The Sleep Cycle
One sleep cycle is comprised of four stages (five if you count the act of falling asleep on your memory foam mattress) and lasts for about 90-120 minutes. Dreams can occur in any of the four stages of sleep but the most vivid and memorable dreams are understood to occur in the last stage of sleep (also commonly referred to as REM sleep).
Sleep without dreams
The sleep cycle repeats itself about an average of four to five times per night, but may repeat as many as seven times. Most people only remember dreams that occur closer toward the morning when they are about to wake up on their memory foam mattress toppers. But just because you can’t remember those dreams does not mean that they never happened. Some people swear that they simply do not dream when, in reality, they just don’t remember their dreams.
Sleep deprivation is a common condition and symptoms can interfere with memory, energy levels, mental abilities, and emotional mood. The condition drastically affects the body’s ability to metabolize glucose, leading to symptoms that mimic early-stage diabetes. The brain’s frontal cortex relies on sleep to function effectively. Insufficient rest adversely affects the frontal cortex’s ability to control speech, access memory, and solve problems. Driving and other activities can become dangerous without sufficient rest. If your mattress is affecting your ability to get enough sleep, consider a memory foam mattress topper or a new memory foam mattress.
How much sleep is enough?
Different people require different amounts of rest. While the majority of adults should spend between eight to nine hours asleep on a memory foam mattress, a small number of people function perfectly well on only three to four hours of rest. Our ‘body clocks’ can be affected by shift work or a change in routine, but we will normally adjust within a few days.
On a drizzly winter morning, many of us snuggle down on our memory foam mattress and wish that we could hibernate. Hibernation is a state of metabolic depression in animals, and a lack of sunlight is thought to contribute to our susceptibility to seasonal affected disorders – the disorder that makes us just want to curl up and ignore the outside world.
Simple animals become inactive whenever possible – they rest. The purpose of rest is to conserve energy, and, while at it, restore the organism. In higher animals, the nervous system becomes increasingly important to the functioning of the animal. Being a particularly high-maintenance system, the nervous system requires considerable rest and restoration. Many animals have found temporal niches, i.e. some kind of daily cycle of activity and rest, and evolution has taken advantage of the rest period and uses the time to restore the nervous system. This, of course, is sleep.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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