Poor sleep quality can affect your salary

There may be several reasons why you’re not getting good quality sleep including not having a bedtime routine, drinking caffeine late in the day and looking at your phone, computer or television before going to bed.  But did you know that not getting enough sleep could also affect your salary?

Better rested employees are more productive and could earn a higher salary because of it.

Why sleep is important to your work performance

  • Brain function

Sleep is important for your brain because it rests while you sleep and prepares for the next day. As you sleep, your brain forms new neuropathways, which helps with learning and problem-solving.

When you don’t get enough sleep, you may not be able to focus on tasks or find solutions to problems. You may also have problems getting along with friends or co-workers because lack of sleep makes you irritable. 

Not getting enough sleep also makes you feel stressed out more easily and you lack the motivation to do your work. 

  • Physical health

When you sleep your body goes through a healing process.  This includes the repair of your heart and blood vessels.  People who continually don’t get enough sleep, are at more at risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney malfunction, and stroke.

Sleep also keeps your hormones balanced.  When you don’t get enough sleep, your hunger hormones are out of balance you eat more because you feel hungry.  Poor sleep quality also affects how your body handles insulin and as a result blood sugar tends to be higher increasing your risk for developing diabetes.

  • Daytime productivity

Most importantly, people who have a deficiency of sleep have problems at work or school. Losing even a small amount of sleep each night can cause you to make more mistakes and take longer to do your tasks, which affects your job performance.

Productivity and top job performance are important to your livelihood.  If you work in the medical field, for instance, there is no room for mistakes or a lack of concentration as someone’s life could be at stake.

One of the most important factors for sleep quality: Your mattress

One important factor that affects your sleep quality is often overlooked. This is the mattress you sleep on.  Having the right mattress is important to getting good sleep. If you don’t have a good mattress, you could be losing sleep and not know it.

Now that you know how important sleep is, how do you know if you need a new mattress?  Typically mattresses last between five and 10 years.

You may need a new mattress if:

  • You’re tired all the time
  • You toss and turn all night
  • Your current mattress is sagging
  • You can’t get comfortable on your mattress
  • It’s just as easy to fall asleep on the sofa or floor as it is the bed

Here are some tips for choosing the right mattress:

  • Your body should be distributed evenly across the sleeping surface
  • While laying down, your body should be well supported across the shoulders, hips, back, and ribs
  • Your spine should be aligned in a neutral position with the rest of your body
  • Type of mattress (memory foam, gel, spring coil, pillow-top, etc.)

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping.  Sleeping is important to health, work productivity and our relationships.  Having the right mattress is crucial to getting a good night’s sleep and being the healthier, more productive person you want to be… which just might translate into a higher salary.

Could your sleep position be causing you pain?

If you rise each morning with aches and pains, and no chance of singing oh-what-a- glorious-morning, then you may want to look a little closer at your sleep position. Different sleep postures call for differing amounts of support across the body.

Take a back-sleeper for example. This posture takes up a large surface area with the pressure widely distributed through the mattress. However, a mattress that is too firm may leave a back-sleeper with an unsupported and therefore painful lower back come morning. On the other hand, a soft mattress may make a back-sleeper feel ‘engulfed’ with too much support and not enough room to breathe.
Solution? Choose a moderate-to-firm mattress and place a pillow under your knees and neck to limit back pain.

Side-sleepers often experience pain in their hip and shoulder – especially if they are sleeping on a firm mattress that causes sharp pressure points where their shoulder and hip joints meet the mattress.
Solution? A softer mattress will cause this pressure to diffuse and the side-sleeper will sleep dreamily again. Place a pillow between your legs to prevent hip pain.

Front-sleepers seem to experience the most neck pain. Often they must turn and hyperextend their necks in order to be able to breathe easily. A stiff neck is no fun and so a front-sleepers may prefer a mattress that gives moderate support- rather than too much or too little.
Solution? Change you sleep posture!

Strange sleepers: Sleeping with one or both arms above your shoulders or one leg out and one leg in can also lead to shoulder and hip pain.
Solution? Try to sleep with your arms and legs in symmetry and fill in the gaps with pillows.

Click here to read more about mattress comfort choices.

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Pain keeping you up?
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Pain sleeping after surgery?

If your current bed is the wrong comfort level for your sleep position, it might be time to consider purchasing a new mattress. Visit the Sealy website to browse our selection: www.sealy.co.za

Sleep resolutions to change your life in 2017

It’s that time of year – folk around the globe are making (and breaking) resolutions. Most are looking to lose weight and get rich, however, the way they are going about reaching these goals may surprise you: the key to their success is changing how they sleep.

Sleep resolutions come in many shapes and sizes but all promise the same thing – better sleep for a better life. Sleep research has shown that good sleep can transform relationships, productivity and health so it is no wonder that those well informed about the power of sleep are resolving to get more of it in 2017.

Arianna Huffington launched her best-seller called ‘Sleep Revolution’ in 2016 after realizing that for most, great sleep was what stood in their way of thriving.
It appears that many people are in agreement and sleep is now seen as essential to wellbeing and not to be sacrificed at the altar of productivity.

This week NOLA.com launched the 28-day Sleep Revolution Challenge to encourage those making Sleep Resolutions to keep a journal of the changes that they see and feel over a 28-day period.

Some of the suggested sleep resolutions include making sleep a priority (rather than engaging in screen time dedicated to work or entertainment); getting more sleep (a total of 6-8 hours per day); getting to bed earlier (around 1 hour after sunset); and improving sleep quality (by using sleep hygiene strategies such as white noise to prevent disturbances).

But the foundation for all of these sleep resolutions is having the right mattress. When your body is allowed to rest in its natural position, muscles are relaxed and sleep is more refreshing. Do yourself a favour this year – remind yourself what it feels like to be properly rested and invest in a Sealy bed. Endless studies show that even small differences in mattress support result in better sleep.

We would love to hear what sleep resolutions you have made and support you in keeping them.