What happens when you don't sleep?
If you’re not getting the sleep you need, you’re likely to be irritable, more prone to stress and at risk of making bad decisions. A lot of this comes down to how our body responds to being tired.
Lack of sleep causes your body to fall out of its natural hormonal rhythm. Levels of Serotonin (a calming hormone) may fall, whereas levels of Cortisol (a stress hormone) rise. As a result, you feel irritable and short-tempered.
To make a bad situation worse, studies have shown that prolonged periods of poor sleep can reduce the levels of testosterone in the body – which can put a serious dent in your sex-drive.
What’s keeping you up?
Lifestyle choices are often the culprit for not enjoying good-quality sleep. But for many, it’s the night time behaviour of the person we share a bed with that’s keeping us awake.
A recent study by Silentnight found nearly a third of people struggle to get a good night’s sleep because of their partner. The thrashers, the snorers and the sleep-talkers – it’s a terrible reality that the quality of their night’s sleep could be adversely affecting your own.
If you’re unlucky enough to share a bed with a snorer or chronic sleep-talker, your best bet is to invest in a good pair of earplugs. But if it’s your partner tossing and turning in the night that’s keeping you awake, separate beds aren’t the only solution. With the right kind of mattress and bed, you could enjoy a solid eight hours, without being disturbed.
To sleep well, your body needs to experience both a degree of sink, and of support. If, like the Silentnight mascots (the iconic Hippo and Duck), you and your partner are significantly different in shape and size, finding a mattress that accommodates both of your needs can be tough.
One solution is to opt for an innovative material. Memory foam, famed for its comfort, absorbs pressure and re-distributes weight, so two people of different weights can each enjoy the right amount of support for their body-type. For those who struggle with sleep disrupting ‘roll together’ during the night, mattresses that offer edge-to-edge support, such as Silentnight memory foam mattress are ideal – keeping your bed flat and stable.