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Making Your Bed Work For You

Sleep is a glorious event that many people look forward to from the moment they wake up. If you work a stressful or physically demanding job all day, at the end you just want to fall into a cozy bed and remain unconscious until the morning. If you have a snoring problem and you don’t have a mouthpiece like the Good Morning Snore Solution (read more here) or the ZQuiet (read here), you will need to get smart and make a choice. Meanwhile, if you’ve got children or a mentally exhausting occupation, sleep might be something that comes fleetingly and is never truly peaceful. The trick to getting a good nights sleep varies from person to person, but the concept is the same: comfort and quiet.

When you’re out looking for a mattress or a bed set it’s hard to consider paying top dollar for something you “just sleep on”. Even spending a few hundred dollars on a mattress can make a lot of people break out in a cold sweat. Truthfully, traditional mattresses don’t seem to warrant much more than a few hundred dollars to get one the works well. But what if your bed was almost as high tech as your phone?:

Do you wheeze and snort your way through the night when you should be soundly sleeping? That could be about to change.

A new smart bed, due to launch on Kickstarter today, props you up if it hears you snoring.

It’s also programmed to learn your favourite sleep conditions and keep you comfy by moderating your temperature and its firmness accordingly.

Creating the “world’s smartest bed”

The project’s Founder Joe Katan has been busy creating the Balluga bed for the past 6 years.

“We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, and I’m sure I’m not alone in understanding how a bad night’s sleep effecting our mood and productivity,” he said.

“Through combining the most advanced air suspension system and a range of incredibly useful smart features, we can make the concept of the perfect sleep more than just a dream.”

Smart anti-snoring technology

The Balluga bed uses sensors to monitor the body’s vital statistics in real-time.

This can be accessed through either a remote control or the Balluga smartphone app (available on iOS, Android and Windows).

Users can keep track of their nights sleep using the app to work out the preferences that let them sleep best (and most silently!)

In-built microphones also detect if a sleeper is snoring and prompt the bed to raise the snorer’s head or upper body to soothe them into silence.

Via: http://www.thememo.com/2016/03/23/balluga-kickstarter-balluga-bed-smart-bed-snoring-cure-best-bed/

Not only does this bed prop you up if you start snoring, it can also regulate the temperature so you aren’t sweaty or freezing. This is especially great for those going through life changes like menopause or even when you’re just not feeling well. Who can ignore the idea of waking up to a massage? That’s pretty awesome. No longer will you have to wake up in pain or with stiff joints. Well, maybe that might still happen but we bet it won’t last for long! Having a bed that works this hard to ensure you have a good night’s sleep is worth the cost. Truly, it’s not completely outrageous. Can you really put a price tag on sleeping?

How Much Sleep is Actually Enough?

sleeplessDepending on what stage of life you’re at you might be thinking that it’s not a big deal if you sacrifice your sleep to get ahead in life. Sure, you can live on four hours of sleep a night so that you can make sure you watch all the episodes of that popular show on Netflix or work the three jobs to afford your fancy car. Our minds like to tell us all kinds of things and sometimes we shouldn’t listen to them. Is your brain a medical professional? Probably not. You might like to think you are because of your personal connections or what you read online but unless you went through grueling medical school, you probably aren’t a doctor or nurse.

There is a reason we’ve been told we need no less than eight hours of sleep. It’s not just a random magical number; it serves a purpose.

Humans need sleep just as much as they need food or water. Sleep is an indicator of overall health and well-being. The amount of sleep one needs depends on a number of factors like age, quality of sleep, previous sleep deprivation, etc.

Most people accumulate what is called “sleep debt” wherein people try to make up for sleep lost during the week during the weekends. But that doesn’t really work. In fact, getting as little as three to four hours of sleep a night is as bad as pulling an all-nighter. Staying up for 24 hours straight and then driving is like driving with a blood-alcohol content that is considered legally drunk in all 50 states.

Shortage of sleep can be blamed for nearly 100,000 traffic accidents, 76,000 injuries, and 1,500 deaths every year. So how much sleep do you need?

The National Sleep Foundation in 2015 came out with a study that recommends different amounts of sleep based on age. The study had 18 researchers comb through 320 research articles to come to its current “sleep time duration recommendations.”

Children aged six and above need at least nine to 11 hours of sleep and teenagers need eight to ten hours of sleep. Seven hours of sleep should do for some but sleeping for over 11 hours a day can cause health issues. But some teens may need some extra sleep during puberty.

Via: http://www.medicaldaily.com/whats-minimal-amount-sleep-we-need-stay-healthy-395429

It’s important to eat a balanced meal and it’s important to drink plenty of water. Just like these basics that have been drilled into us since our youth, sleep is something that is required to have a healthy life. It does get harder as we get older and various stressors come into our lives. Demanding jobs, young children or pets that require a lot of attention tend to eat into our sleep time.

You are the master of your body and it’s up to you to make sure that your temple is in great shape. As much as you schedule in your weekly workout or that coffee date with the guy/girl next door, you need to make sure that you get proper sleep or you’ll pass out into your latté which will probably end your dating chances for a while.

So draw yourself a nice lavender bubble-bath after dinner and try to leave the list of chores and to-dos out of your brain until you’ve had a nice soak. Have a warm cup of tea or milk before you head to slumber land and give yourself the appropriate time to nod off before your alarm screams in your ear.