Why do some people thrive on 7 hours of sleep while others lay in bed for 9 or 10 hours and still wake up feeling terrible? Quality over quantity.
“It’s not about how long you sleep every night; it’s about the quality of that sleep.”
For many, sleep is a dream or a nightmare.
Not getting enough sleep can lead to more than drowsiness. Being sleep deprived can lead to depression, overeating, brain fog, irritability, caffeine dependence, and even death.
If you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently, get out of bed tired, sleep less than 7 hours per night, and feel stressed out over even minor issues, you may be sleep-deprived.
Unfortunately, even moderate sleep deprivation can impair a person on a level equal to being intoxicated. In studies, findings show that sleep deprivation can render a person incapable of driving safely.
Confirming this risk is the number of deaths from drowsy-driving-related crashes. In 2017, investigators contributed 795 deaths to driving while sleepy, as well as over 91,000 crashes.
Missing out on sleep can cause more harm than just being drowsy; it harms your entire body, affecting your heart and liver. It lowers your immune system, makes you forgetful. Chronic sleep deprivation can shorten your life span.
We probably don’t need to tell you all of this to motivate you to get better sleep. If you are one of the millions who struggle to sleep, you already want to find a solution.
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Using Science to Solve Sleep Problems
Todd and Tara Youngblood were just like you, tired of being tired. Using her background in science, Tara began to research. Todd, whose uncle invented the waterbed, was inspired to help Tara create a product that would help them control the temperature of their bed while sleeping.
As a result, they came up with a product that has helped many people get the sleep they so desperately needed! Sleeping at cooler temperatures can measurably double the time we spend in deep sleep, which aids in physical recovery.
The hydroponic mattress pad solves a problem that couples have been having for years! He’s hot; she’s cold or vice versa. Now, with a temperature-controlled mattress pad, each of them can sleep at the temperature they find most comfortable.
Questions we discuss in this episode:
Why did you create a temperature-controlled mattress pad?
Sleeping at cooler temps can aid weight loss because temperature-controlled sleep can help you get deep sleep.
It can help alleviate menopausal symptoms – almost a 50% reduction of hot flashes, and not just at night.
Other than simple temperature comfort what reasons would people want to regulate the temperature in bed at night?
Does controlling temperature improve health?
Electric Blankets vs. Chilipad Blankets
Electric blankets are filled with coils for heating. Electric blankets create electrons, small pieces of electricity. When electrons move, you have a magnetic field. The electric blanket means dirty electricity is moving around near your body. With the chiliPAD, water is what moves to keep you warm.
Amplify your efforts to reduce EMFs by Putting your wifi on timers, so they’re off at night.
What is the Connection Between Body Temperature and the Sleep Switch?
Your Sleep Switch Is Seeking Cooler Temperatures. So, at the end of the day (literally and figuratively), your brain is craving cooler temperatures. While there’s no way to flip it internally like a light switch on a wall, you can prime yourself for sleep by working to affect your core temperature through some of these tricks and temperature-regulating sleep systems. Because if your sleep switch is turning off effectively, it probably means you’re getting more deep sleep too, and that fact alone makes any effort on your part a worthwhile endeavor.
Tara’s Sleep Buckets
The “Time for Bed” Bucket
Change of temperature – our body is looking for a change of temperature to flip the sleep switch. It’s essential to flip the switch at the right time for better sleep.
In the first half of the night, when body temperature is dropping to the lowest temperature, your body wants the environment cooler. The Chilipad pulls the heat off and allows you to go to sleep faster.
“Deep Sleep” Bucket
When you are in a deep sleep stage, your brain creates a hormone called ADH (anti-diuretic hormone), that causes your body to release less water. So, when people say, I have to wake up three or four times per night to go to the bathroom, unless they are geriatric, they are probably not getting into a deeper stage of sleep.
Alcohol can also prevent the body from releasing ADH.
Deep sleep is when anti-aging work happens in our brains. Sleep deprivation can cause brain fog and ages the brain.
REM Cycle Buckets
The body starts to warm back up out of the dip during deep sleep. Flipping that switch signals the release of cortisol, which helps you to wake up. The sun rising is another cue to your body that it is time to release cortisol, flipping that sleep switch.
I know there is a direct correlation between PTSD and not sleeping can you explain how temperature regulation can help? PTSD – Many with this disorder do not get deep sleep. Night terrors and not getting deep sleep is a symptom of PTSD. Cooling the body helps us get into a deep sleep stage resulting in reduced symptoms. Studies are showing phenomenal results thus far. Read more about How Veterans with PTSD Can Get More Sleep.
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A New Weighted Blanket that is Temperature Controlled!
Leading advocates for the disuse of electric blankets due to the associated health risks argue the use of these products enhances your likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer, decreased fertility in men, and pregnancy problems for women.
All this is correlated with the EMF (electromagnetic fields) to which electric blanket users are exposed.
In addition to these health risks, electric blankets can also be dangerous for diabetics and others who may have decreased sensitivity to heat, leading to the possibility of dangerous and painful burns.
The exact danger level electric blankets present to the health of those using them is debatable, but on a basic level, it seems common sense that wrapping yourself in electricity consistently may pose hazards to your wellbeing.
Beyond the long-term health consequences associated with the use of electric blankets, there are also clear and present dangers associated in real-time with their use. It is possible to overheat while using electric blankets, and of course, they always present the risk of causing fire or electric shock. (source)
To read more about sleep buckets, Tara’s story, and how to get better sleep, grab a copy of her book, Reprogram Your Sleep: The Sleep Recipe that Works.