Have you ever wondered why the human body needs a sufficient amount of sleep every day? Besides feeling well-rested and energized for the day ahead, you rely on sleep for keeping your body in a healthy state and providing it with the rest it needs to keep you functioning and your immunity high.
Another component of the sleep / immune system connection is your mattress. It’s no secret that an uncomfortable mattress can disrupt the quality of your sleep, which could have immune repercussions, but did you know the mattress itself could also influence your immune system?
Most mattresses are manufactured using harmful chemicals that have the potential to harm your health and damage your immune system. Some of the common chemicals you can expect to find include:
Synthetic Latex – This material is made from the volatile organic compounds (VOC) styrene and butadiene. Additional chemicals may be used in processing.
Foam – Many foam mattresses are petroleum-based and break down over time, which off-gases VOCs into the air you breathe.
Fire Retardants – Chemical flame retardants are created so they don’t completely bind to materials and will be released into your bedroom over time.
Vinyl – When vinyl is produced, chemicals are used throughout every step of the process and will leach out into the air over time.
The comfort level is another important aspect of your mattress that could be affecting your immune system. According to the National Sleep Foundation, cytokines, a type of protein in your body that targets infection and inflammation, is created while your body is at rest. Cytokines, in addition to being created during sleep, are also released during sleep, giving your body’s immune system the fighting power it needs.
With that in mind, it’s not hard to explain that chronic sleep loss can have detrimental short-term (like catching a cold or flu) and long-term effects. Without enough sleep, your body won’t have the opportunity it needs to produce the number of cytokines required to effectively fight off viruses and other illnesses. In fact, in addition to heightening your chances of getting the common cold or influenza, chronic sleep loss has been shown to even increase your risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Looking to biohack your way to better productivity, health and wellbeing? Sleep is the first place you should start. An article in Clinical Education outlines just how impactful sleep is to every aspect of your life:
These are all very important elements of our lives – from mental to physical capabilities. Even moderate sleep deprivation has drastic negative effects on all of the factors listed above. This is why having a mattress that allows you to sleep peacefully for the entire night is so important.
Not every mattress is the same – even when it comes to purchasing a luxury mattress, there are many factors to consider when looking for a sleep system that will support high-quality sleep. The Samina Sleep System is an all-natural luxury mattress that was designed with the highest quality natural materials that improve comfort and wellbeing.
Samina’s luxury mattress and sleep system stands apart from the standard mattress; instead, the Samina Sleep System provides spinal support for every moment that you are asleep. In the end, spinal support and orthopedic design promote higher quality sleep and therefore a higher quality of life!
Switching your mattress can have a profound effect on your immune system and your overall health. When you eliminate the harmful chemicals that you’ve been breathing in night after night and surround yourself in nurturing, natural materials instead, you’ll allow your immune system to function just as it intended.
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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average adult requires at least 7-hours of sleep each night to live a healthy life. For some Americans, this number is simply unobtainable, sometimes for reasons outside of our control.
When it comes to “controlling the controllables”, however, the mattress you sleep on plays a large role in the quality and length of your sleep. Choosing a comfortable eco-friendly mattress decreases the chances of sleep disturbances. Some of the ways a balanced sleep schedule improves your life include:
Recent studies have shown that there’s a strong connection between sleep and the human immune system. As our bodies rest at night, your immune system remains active, fighting internal bacterium, infections, and more. When you miss sleep your immune system takes a hit and is no longer able to function at its most optimal capacity.
For chronic inflammation sufferers, the effects of sleep deficiency on your immune system is immense. This is because inflammatory mediators increase when the body doesn’t receive enough sleep. This worsens injuries, intensifies joint and muscle pain, and prolongs healing efforts.
The heart is a complex piece of biological machinery. One of the components allowing your heart to function normally is sleep. When your body rests, everything from hormones to blood sugar is regulated and normalized. A study published in the Journal of Progress in Cardiovascular Disease reported high blood pressure, inflammation, and hypertension to be among the symptoms which arose when adults sleep less than 6-hours a night.
Poor sleep alters your metabolism, slowing it down. A low metabolism prevents your body from turning sugars into energy at the rate it requires to moderate weight and fat levels. This causes weight gain, water retention, and fat retention.
As your metabolism slows, other parts of your body are affected as well. From a decrease in glucose tolerance and leptin to increase cortisol and appetite – lack of sleep will become visible in the weight you carry.
The mental and emotional results of sleep deprivation are obvious. Everybody has woken up cranky before due to a lack of sleep. When poor sleep habits become a chronic problem, your mood and stress levels take a turn for the worst.
A problem plaguing many Americans missing their 7-hours nightly is that once the stress and mood changes begin, a vicious circle starts to form. The higher your stress levels, the harder it is to sleep. Many people suffering from insomnia find it difficult to sleep simply because anxiety and agitation levels are high. The less sleep they get, the worse these symptoms become. This can lead to depression and more severe forms of mental and emotional turmoil.
There’s a reason school and work both start in the morning. You’re at your most alert and clearheaded after a solid night of sleep. In fact, research from the Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment tells us that sleep deprivation has a serious and ongoing effect on cognitive performance.
Losing sleep impacts the way you perceive things, process information, and retain memories. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to make mistakes and forget information.
Knowing all that we do about health and sleep, it’s obvious how important it is to select a comfortable, sturdy, and supportive non-toxic mattress. The green mattress you sleep on plays a huge part in whether you experience discomfort and overheating during the night, and whether you’re exposed to allergens.
At SAMINA our green mattresses are made exclusively wither certified organic materials designed with your best sleep in mind. Using natural materials for cushiony softness and endless support, you’re guaranteed a long undisturbed rest. Add one of our LOKOSANA grounding pads to experience the healing powers of bioelectric energy as you sleep.
For more information on improving your sleep or investing in a doctor recommended mattress, we invite you to contact SAMINA today.
It’s best when you can schedule an appointment to view our products and experience the SAMINA difference, but you may also order directly from us over the phone. A SAMINA Sleep Concierge will verify each order to ensure you and your sleeping partner, when applicable, have the right system for your respective physical needs and specific sleep concerns.
Our healthy sleep concierge service is available Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm PST. Our aim is to reply to you within 24 hours.