Everyone knows that sleep is good for you. This is true not just for feeling well rested every day, but also in both combatting and preventing illness and infection. We’ve been hearing it our whole lives, from our doctors to our parents and grandparents: Sleep will cure what ails you. But how exactly can good quality sleep help us overcome illness and keep us fighting fit? Let us explain the 3 main reasons why, as well as how the quality of your mattress has an effect!
Relax, Don’t Do It
The most obvious benefit of sleep comes in feeling rested, refreshed and alert in the morning. Having your optimal amount of good quality sleep every night goes a long way in feeling happy and ready for the day, which is a major plus when suffering from a cold or the flu. Symptoms such as headaches, fevers, sore throats, blocked noses and upset stomachs can put us in a lot of pain and discomfort, not to mention giving us feelings of depression, grogginess and low energy. Simply having more sleep can boost your mood and alertness to help you feel better and more functional during the day, as well as lowering dependence on caffeine to feel awake.
Fighting In Your Sleep
Sleep has been proven in research to actively increase the rate and effectiveness at which your body fights infection. Having longer and better quality sleeps more often can help your body to deal with infection better. This also applies to metabolising food and repairing muscle damage from exercise or injury; sleep is our body’s best time to heal and grow. As the same study showed, our bodies don’t just need sleep when we are sick, but they also crave it. Feeling tired when you have a cold is your body’s way of telling you how to help recover better!
Get a Boost to Your Health
In a study undertaken on adolescents, lack of sleep was shown to increase the chances of infection from common illnesses. Sleeping for less than 7 hours lowers your body’s count of white blood cells and other antibodies, meaning that you will be more prone to picking up infection and that your body will be less prepared to fight it. While a healthy diet full of vitamins and nutrients is essential for your immune system, by simply having longer and better quality sleep you can give your body a real boost in preventing infection from common illnesses.
Why Your Mattress Matters
An uncomfortable mattress can lead to restless and light sleeping, which is highly detrimental to recovery and prevention of illness, not to mention leading to a feeling of tiredness and low energy throughout the day. Having a sleeping surface that is fresh, clean and bacteria free is also an important part of illness prevention. Bioactive fabrics stay fresher for longer than others, having been made with an anti-microbial treatment that traps and stops the spread of bacteria. Choosing a mattress and bedcovers made from bioactive fabrics is a good way to ensure that your bed won’t harbour microbes or lose its freshness during your periods of illness.
Find Your Fit
At Mattress5, we know how important the quality of your mattress can be in helping you through sickness. That is why every one of our mattresses has a bioactive fabric cover to ensure long-lasting freshness and anti-microbial activity for many years. We also design each model in our range to offer different levels of comfort and support, so you can find the mattress that will help you achieve restful and blissful sleep every night. Read more about our range.
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