Sleep Knowledge

The Right Environment for Sleep

Truly restful night’s sleep rejuvenates your entire body. The more your sleep is disturbed, the more your heart is unnecessarily taxed. A conventional bed’s harder surface causes you to toss and turn more keeping your heart beating harder than it should. Too much mattress pressure on shoulders and hips also affects circulation causing your heart to beat harder to keep blood flowing. Synthetic foams found in most U.S. mattress reflect body heat and humidity making the heart work harder to compensate.

The right sleep system creates the kind of environment that promotes the deep sleep that gives your heart a rest by providing better support, even weight and pressure distribution, which allows better circulation and minimizes tossing and turning. These sleep systems absorb excess body heat and humidity better than conventional synthetic mattresses.

Your sleep comes in 2 phases: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM. During non-REM sleep, the quiet sleep does the most good, your cells replenish, your spine reabsorbs water to stay flexible, muscles fully relax, skin re-hydrates and heals and circulation is steady. Conventional synthetic beds with a hard surface providing improper support AND REFLECTING HEAT AND MOISTURE DISTURBS non-REM AND FORCES YOU INTO REM.

During REM sleep, your heart rate and blood pressure increase, breathing is shallow and your brain waves increase resulting in very little rest.

Studies have shown that proper posture and support promote non-REM sleep. The right sleep system fosters all the principles that lead to this deep, healthy sleep.

The hot topic in sleep research is the effect of temperature and humidity on the body and the quality of sleep. Thermal imbalance is probably the single greatest detriment to sleep. Synthetic bedding and mattresses trap and hold moisture causing higher humidity. The heart rate increases by as many as ten more beats a minute. Blood pressure climbs, sleep becomes shallow, so there is less non-REM. These synthetics provide a perfect climate for molds, mildew and dust mites to thrive. The right sleep system will absorb body heat and conducts moisture away from the body.

The more we read about U.S. mattresses, the clearer it becomes they’re just not healthy for us. A standard flat mattress puts higher pressure on shoulders, hips and thighs, which constricts the veins and disrupts cell structure. Heart rate increases; the heart pumps harder to keep blood flowing, causing blood pressure to climb stressing your body. Major studies show that pressure becomes unhealthy at levels over 40 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).

Standard U.S. mattresses put an average of 56 mmHg on weight bearing surface of the body. When lying on your side, you can be receiving 61 mmHg of pressure on the hip alone. This causes people to toss and turn up to 200 times a night as opposed to 12 to 40. The more restless you are, the less rest your body gets.

The sleep systems we recommend are designed to provide the right support to minimize pressure to acceptable levels for different body types and sleeping postures.

This website is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Classic Brands is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of this website. Always consult your own GP if you’re in any way concerned about your health.