1. You Increase Your Risk of Getting Sick
Loss of sleep can impair the body’s immune system, making it easier for you to get sick. When you become sick, you lose more sleep while your body fights off the illness. As you can probably tell, this can turn into a vicious cycle of losing sleep and getting sick, losing sleep and getting sick again. When this cycle becomes established, it is incredibly hard to break out of it.
Worse still, lack of sleep over a prolonged period puts you at risk for life-threatening illnesses. Your chances of developing coronary heart disease or having a stroke are greatly increased with less sleep. Shortened sleep has also been associated with higher rates of breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.
Another side effect of lack of sleep is the development of diabetes. Some researchers have discovered a correlation between poor sleep and this dangerous disease. The findings from 10 separate studies showed that seven to eight hours of rest is the optimal range to avoid the insulin issues that could lead to diabetes.
2. Your Focus Will Decrease
Missing even one night’s sleep can lead to major cognition or thinking issues. Brain functions, including memory, decision-making, reasoning and problem-solving worsen without a good night’s sleep. There has also been some indication that there will be a decline in your reaction time and alertness if you don’t maintain a healthy sleep cycle.
In perhaps a more extreme case of cognition and thinking issues, research indicates that you are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident if you get six or fewer hours of sleep each night. When you don’t get enough sleep, and you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you are not only putting yourself at risk but others as well.
Not only that but sleep also impacts your learning and memory. Sleep is critical to the process of consolidating the things we learn in the brain. Because of this, we need proper rest to lock in new information and commit it to memory.
3. Your Sex Life May Suffer
Like everything else on this list, your sex drive may suffer because of a poor night’s sleep. Lack of sleep (sleeping for five or fewer hours) can reduce sex hormone levels. It can also lead to an overall decline in mood and vigor. Lack of sleep causes low energy, fatigue, and sleepiness that may affect the libido.
4. You May Gain Weight
Lack of sleep can cause you to pack on the pounds. The longer you go without regular sleep, the more likely you are to gain weight and maybe even become obese. Sleep deprivation causes changes in hormones that regulate hunger and appetite (ghrelin and leptin). Poor sleep makes you more likely to eat more of your overall calories at night, which can also lead to weight gain.
Obesity is a major health problem that contributes to other health issues, such as diabetes, which was already mentioned above.
As you can see, getting the right amount of sleep is serious business. Many factors can affect the quality of your sleep and your overall health and well-being. Many of those factors are out of your control, whether it is a pre-existing condition or something else entirely. Fortunately, there is one factor in getting a good night’s sleep that we can control: our pillow.
In Search of a Good Night’s Sleep: The Pillow
Pillows are often taken for granted. They are always there, in the background, doing their job. It is not until they stop doing their job that we begin to pay attention to them. Pillows play an important role in the quality of our sleep. Why don’t we look at what a good, high-quality pillow can do?
A pillow serves two main functions: support and comfort. Pillows support the head, neck and shoulders to keep them in proper spinal alignment, relieve pressure and counterbalance the points in the body. At the same time, pillows create a feeling of comfort to help us relax, sleep well and, hopefully, wake up feeling rested.
A good pillow will support your skull and neck without applying any undue pressure. The pillow should conform to the exact shape of the sleeper, thus spreading the weight evenly and uniformly along the vertebrae. A pillow helps maintain a good sleeping posture, which is the key to sleeping soundly, night after night, and to waking up without pain or stiffness. But what makes a good pillow?
How to Choose a Good Pillow
The market is oversaturated with many types of pillows. How do we know which one will work best for us? We know that most pillows located in department stores are mass-produced and likely of low quality. So, to avoid low-quality pillows, let’s look at six factors that you should consider when choosing your next pillow.
1. The Fill/Fiber Inside the Pillow
There are several fill options available for pillows. They each have different advantages and drawbacks. Of the many types let’s look at some of the most popular options available today:
- Down – Light and soft, a down pillow is often made from either goose or duck fibers. Good quality down pillows are expensive, but they are usually worth it to people who enjoy soft pillows.
- Latex – Latex pillows tend to be firmer than down, but they are still comfortable. These pillows hold their shape but aren’t the type that you can squish into a position that works perfectly for you.
- Memory Foam – Unlike Latex, memory foam pillows conform to your individual shape by responding to your weight and body heat. These qualities make it a popular choice for people with head and neck pain or pressure points that cause discomfort during sleep.
- Wool – Wool pillows are naturally hypoallergenic and are resistant to mold and dust mites. Wool, however, also tends to be firm.
2. The Fabric of the Pillow Cover
When choosing the material of your pillow cover, always use natural, breathable fabrics. Without breathable fabrics that help to wick away the heat and sweat produced while you sleep, you may become uncomfortable and too warm to rest well. Also, pillow covers under pillowcases will help extend the life of the pillow by protecting it against stains and sweat.
3. The Chemistry Used During the Manufacturing Process
Some materials used in pillows are made through chemical processes, and many pillows are put through antimicrobial treatments. Some chemicals may give off a strong odor that can be harmful to people with scent allergies or sensitivities and unpleasant to the rest of us. When choosing your pillow, make sure you know the chemistry that went into making it and be willing to make an investment in a well-made product.
4. The Size of the Pillow (Thickness and Length)
The thickness or thinness of your pillow should enable you to sleep with your head, neck and shoulders aligned with your spine, as well as provide comfort. It is best if the pillow can be adjusted to fit the unique shape and curves of the user to conform to various sleep positions. A pillow should mold to your shape and alleviate any pressure points.
Make sure that the pillow cover and pillowcase fits properly. The pillow should cover the entire back of your neck to avoid putting pressure on your spine.
5. Is the Pillow Hypoallergenic?
If you have allergies, a hypoallergenic pillow is a must. It is also good if the pillow is also dust mite and mold resistant. While created specifically for those with allergy issues, many people use these pillows to avoid the unsanitary conditions that may become present in pillows without those features.
6. Can the Pillow Maintain Proper Spinal Alignment?
The human neck curves slightly forward (to sustain the weight of the head when upright), and it is very important to maintain this curve even when you are in a resting position. To do this, you need to ensure that your pillow is the right height. If the height is too high when sleeping sideways or on the back, the neck is bent abnormally forward or to the side. This may cause muscle strain in the neck and shoulders. If the height of the pillow is too low, the neck muscles can also be strained. The optimum height to avoid this is 4 to 6 inches
There are many things to consider when choosing a pillow that will provide you with a good night’s sleep. To help make this decision easier for you, Xtreme Comforts has created a memory foam pillow that is completely adjustable, comfortable and will maintain proper spinal alignment. In short, it meets all the above criteria of a high-quality pillow and more.
Bamboo Pillow: The Answer to a Good Night’s Sleep
Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow and Kool-Flow™ Bamboo Cover is the high-quality solution to your sleep woes. A pillow that seems to have everything, this hypoallergenic pillow will impress you for many reasons.
This memory foam pillow is built to cater to your individual needs. Since your health and well-being is of the utmost importance, Xtreme Comforts’ pillow comfortably shapes to your head and neck in any sleeping position.
Improper alignment of your neck cuts off the blood flow to your cervical nerves, but you don’t have to worry about that with this hypoallergenic pillow. It keeps your spine aligned and the blood flowing into your cervical nerves while maintaining proper support all night long and ensuring you a better night’s sleep.
With this memory foam pillow, you will avoid the many health issues we mentioned above. This pillow will help you to get more Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. REM sleep is a deep, healing sleep that is necessary for keeping you healthy and alert. You can sleep easily, knowing that you are doing your best to avoid an increased chance of diabetes, weight gain, heart problems and even cancer.
At the same time, the Kool-Flow™ Bamboo Cover keeps your pillow cool all night long. This comfortable pillow cover combines Micro-Vent technology with bamboo to create a cover that is as soft as a cloud and provides superior air circulation and breathability.
Hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and dust-mite-resistant, this shredded memory foam pillow meets all your health needs. To make it even better, the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow and the Kool-Flow™ Bamboo Cover is machine washable for complete deep cleaning. Need a quick refresh? Simply remove and wash the zippered bamboo cover for convenient cleaning.
Should you worry about the chemicals used to create this already amazing pillow, you needn’t be concerned. This memory foam pillow is CertiPUR-US certified, and as regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, free from:
- Ozone depleters
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
- TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
Even when delivered to you, it is eco-friendly. Rolled and vacuum-packed for shipping, you will have no complaints about a growing carbon footprint with Xtreme Comforts.
Xtreme Comforts’ shredded memory foam pillow won’t go flat or lumpy and is suitable for all sleeping positions: back, side, stomach, and even has knee or maternity support. What makes this possible is that the Shredded Memory Foam Pillow is completely adjustable. It comes overstuffed so that you begin with plenty of thickness. However, if it is too much for your personal preference and does not provide the proper angle to maintain your spinal alignment, you can simply remove some of the foam to achieve the perfect fit for you.
The Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow and the Kool-Flow™ Bamboo Cover is an answer to your sleeping problems. It comes in three sizes (standard, queen, and king) and is perfect for anyone and everyone who is looking for a high-quality pillow.
Don’t waste another good night’s sleep. Pick up your Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow and Kool-Flow™ Bamboo Cover today.