Today, 25% of Americans have trouble sleeping and report sleeping less than six hours each night. Their troubles include difficulty falling asleep and waking up several times during the night. Several people report not feeling rested night after night.
So how can you improve your sleep and finally feel more relaxed? Netatmo has some advice for you to get a good night’s sleep.
Why do we need to sleep?
Benefits of sleep for body and mind recovery.
Sleep is essential for good recovery and has some surprising benefits for our bodies.
Our immune defenses are most effective during sleep. While we sleep, the body is at peak production of hormones like dopamine and prolactin. These hormones help boost immunity and accelerate healing and cellular regeneration. So, good rest is essential to good hormonal balance.
Another little-known benefit: sleep is an essential part of memorization. If we learn during the day, it is at night that the information will be processed, sorted and stored by the brain.
With sufficient quantity and quality, sleep can lead good health and effectiveness in everyday life.
Consequences of poor sleep on health and well-being.
Do you lose focus during the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating? Do you feel irritable? If you’re not careful, a lack of sleep can have serious consequences on your health.
Psychologically, poor rest directly influences personality. A state of chronic fatigue can cause bad moods and irritability. In extreme cases, lack of sleep can cause depression or hyperactivity.
Physically, irregular sleep rhythm disrupts the production of certain hormones. In adults, sleep influences insulin, prolactin and testosterone production. Consequences can include anything from muscular loss, to growth problems, to significant weight gain.
Key environmental factors for sleep quality.
Poor sleep is not inevitable and there are many ways to resolve issues. At the forefront, the quality of our environment directly influences the quality of our sleep.
Your bedroom is the temple of your daily rest. Air quality, temperature, humidity, noise: there are many parameters to pay attention to.
Make your bedroom conducive to sleep.
To reduce pollution in your house and sanitize your bedroom, a balance of all of these parameters should be maintained.
Sleeping in polluted air affects sleep quality, encourages snoring, and aggravates sleep apnea—interruptions in breathing during the night. Good ventilation is thus beneficial for the quality of your sleep.
For optimal humidity, air shouldn’t be too dry, as this could provoke pulmonary irritation. It shouldn’t be too humid either, because this encourages microbes and certain allergies.
These parameters are all the more important for a baby’s room.
In the first months of life, babies are very sensitive to environmental factors. If good sleep is essential to their growth and brain development, it is also important for their well-being. Ideally, the temperature should be between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit so that they can be swaddled comfortably and benefit from a restorative sleep.
Humidity should be around 45%. A room with over 60% humidity favors microbe development and increases the risk of infection for babies.
These parameters are difficult to balance. Healthy Home Coach will help you know the exact levels, alert you if there’s a problem, and give you advice to sanitize your bedroom.