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the cost of a good night’s sleep

written by Liz Tabron

updated 06.02.2024

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Do you know the true value of sleep?

Some might say a good night’s sleep is priceless, but we know it’s as little as 10p a night.

To get the quality sleep you need, it’s important to invest in your bed. But, with the country in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, spending money on a new mattress might seem like an avoidable luxury. We’re turning our heating down, swapping to supermarket’s own brands and cancelling our streaming subscriptions. 

Sleep isn’t something you can skimp on. It’s essential for our health. Without it, your memory and cognitive functions are compromised. One night of poor sleep is unpleasant enough and makes the following day hard to get through, but long-term sleep deprivation increases the risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and strokes. It also affects memory and cognitive functions like problem-solving. And right now, sleep deprivation is on the rise.

It’s generally recommended that you replace your mattress every eight years, although it may last longer depending on the type of mattress you have. But with every Just Sleep mattress, comes with a ten-year guarantee.

Every adult should aim for between seven and nine hours of sleep every night, which adds up to a huge portion of our lives. On average, we spend around a third of our lives in bed. This is actually less than other mammals, but that’s because humans prioritise quality over quantity. We experience many sleep cycles when we drift off, these are:

light sleep

Light sleep, also known as REM (Rapid eye movement) is a stage of sleep where we are unsure if we are awake or asleep. Research has shown that light sleep has strong links with learning and memory consolidation as well as emotional processing. If you feel emotional after a poor night’s sleep, now you know why.

A good mixture of all the different types of sleep quantifies a good night’s sleep and will help you wake feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

deep sleep

Deep sleep, or non rapid eye movement, aids the release of hormones and proteins to help repair the body physically and strengthen the immune system. When in the deepest stage of sleep, you will find it very difficult to wake. This type of sleep is where blood pressure decreases and toxins are washed out of the brain.

why invest in a new mattress?

Are those aches and pains interrupting your sleep and leaving you feeling less than refreshed each morning? Perhaps your mattress isn’t a perfect match for your body anymore and it’s time to find something more supportive.

If your old mattress is no longer suitable for your body shape and size or it’s looking/feeling very worn this can lead to an uncomfortable night’s sleep. When we’re uncomfortable, we toss and turn more which can lead to increased awakenings and an unrefreshing night’s sleep.

Research tells us that simply upgrading your old mattress to a new one improves your overall sleep. People were falling asleep quicker, staying asleep for longer and with less awakenings throughout the night. Which meant the following day people were feeling less tired, better rested, and ready for the day ahead.

Don’t be your own sleep thief. We’re up against it as it is with the temptation provided by streaming services to sacrifice sleep and stay up late binging our favourite shows. The CEO of Netflix himself even declared that sleep was their biggest competitor! But with the cost of a good night’s sleep being less than a Netflix subscription, is it time to invest in your health and wellbeing with a new mattress?

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