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How 1 Hour of Extra Sleep Can Make You Smarter & Stronger

August 31, 2018


Sleeping 1 hour more per night has amazing results

Depending on where you are in your life cycle, the duration of your nighttime sleep session can differ vastly. Toddlers kick up a fuss at the mere mention of sleepy time, teenagers go to bed at all hours and sleep in until noon, while students tend to forgo sleep in favour of night-long study (or party) sessions. Full-grown adults, on the other hand, have a whole different set of complications when it comes to sleeping.


Whether you’ve got a child keeping you up, mentally review complicated work-related matters while you should be in the midst of a REM-session, or simply prefer to spend the evening in front of the TV, there are countless things that keep us from getting sufficient sleep. What is sufficient sleep though, I hear you ask? According to the latest findings, average adult men and women require between 7 and 9 hours of consecutive sleep to function optimally.


If you’re one of approximately 65% of the population who aren’t getting the required amount of sleep, you could be doing yourself a great disservice. Here is how one extra hour of sleep per night can improve your lifestyle and daytime performance:


  1. It improves your reaction time. When you’re alert and clear-headed, your reaction times automatically improve. This not only reduces the likelihood of accidents, it also means you’ll make better decisions pertaining to work, etc.

  2. It reduces your risk of illness. When you don’t sleep enough, your immune system is compromised. One extra hour of sleep can help your body to use its natural defences to stave off diseases.

  3. It promotes better memory retention. Tired brains don’t retain new information or recall old information very well. Rested brains, on the other hand, perform much better.

  4. It improves heart health. Recent studies have shown a positive correlation between sufficient nightly rest and arterial health. If you suffer from hypertension, an extra hour of sleep can also significantly reduce your risk of a heart attack and other complications.


There you have it - the incredible benefits of sleeping one hour longer per night. If you want to ensure that your sleeping environment is perfectly tailored for sound sleep, we highly recommend taking a look at your bed, mattress and bedding. Where you sleeps play as big a role as how you sleep when it comes to quality rest. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more insider info on getting the most out of sleeping surface. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding our wide selection of comfort-graded mattresses.


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