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The Role of Sleep in Aging Gracefully

Updated: Apr 4

Did you know that the popular idea that older adults need less sleep is actually a myth? In fact, supporting and protecting good quality sleep as you age is a great way to protect overall health. Older adults have evolving sleep health needs as they age, including accommodating the symptoms of certain medical conditions, supporting joint health and encouraging deep sleep.

Slow down the aging process with good quality sleep

Aging is like wisdom—it's the gift of living a long life. And to some extent, it is an unavoidable truth, whether we appreciate that gift or not! But there is some evidence to suggest that healthy sleep habits like getting a full 7-9 hours of sleep each night can slow the aging process, particularly in the realm of accessing memories and retaining mental sharpness. Getting the right amount of deep sleep is essential to accessing those protective benefits.

Deep sleep occurs when breathing rates and pulse are at their lowest throughout the night; sleepers are difficult to awaken in this stage. Anything that pulls you out of deep sleep—like unexpected noises, physical pain, or temperature discomfort—is potentially putting you at risk for accelerated effects of aging. Think through the problem events that tend to awaken you in the night—how many of them are fixable?

Invest in a memory foam mattress for comfort and support

Research says that only around 1 in 5 people with arthritis are sleeping well. That leaves the other 4 out of 5 reporting pain, sleeplessness and inadequate rest. Doctors and patient advocates help manage daytime symptoms and can make recommendations for how to manage this condition through diet, appropriate exercise and even surgery. The bottom line for nighttime bed comfort is to find the combination of softness and support that enables you to relax and stay immobilized in the joints that experience pain most often as you sleep.

Sleeping on a bad mattress can mess you up - literally. Bad sleep is related to several long-term health issues like increased stress, memory impairment and weight gain. And if your mattress is uncomfortable or old and worn out, it’s only going to exacerbate these issues.

Custom-made memory foam mattresses allow you to sink deeply into the surface of the mattress while molding to your shape and keeping you cradled in place. And now, some custom mattress manufacturers are using layers of natural latex in their mattresses for the same reason. Many of us have parents and grandparents that are still sleeping on old, worn spring mattresses, and that’s just not good for their health – or anyone’s, really. It may sound like a luxury to buy something like a custom latex mattress, but it’s actually an investment in mitigating the effects of degrading joints and chronic pain. Mattress materials that immobilize your body in a soft but firm way allow your body to experience periods of complete rest, because there is no pressure on those joints.

Hot or cold? Protect joint health with the right temperature.

Do you often find yourself yearning for the cool side of the pillow? The type of memory foam in your mattress can play a significant role in addressing your temperature preferences. For instance, gel memory foam is engineered to dissipate heat efficiently. It's an excellent choice for individuals who tend to feel overheated during the night. By placing gel memory foam as the top layer closest to your body, you can combat inflammation and enjoy a cooler, more comfortable sleep experience.

Conversely, traditional memory foam retains some body heat as it contours to your shape, which can be beneficial for individuals seeking relief from joint pain and discomfort. The gentle warmth generated by traditional memory foam can provide soothing support throughout the night. It helps promote greater relaxation and restorative sleep.

High Quality Bed Sheets Can Also Help with Breathability

In addition to your mattress composition, bed sheets also play a crucial role in regulating temperature retention in bed. High-quality cotton sheets allow for optimal breathability, preventing heat from becoming trapped and ensuring a comfortable sleep environment. On the other hand, materials like microfiber and sateen tend to retain more body heat. This could lead to discomfort for those who prefer a cooler sleeping surface. You can order 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets for custom sized beds online today.

Investing in essential sleep supports, such as a quality mattress custom-made to your specific needs, is paramount for achieving a good night's sleep. A custom mattress not only caters to your individual comfort preferences but also provides essential support for proper spinal alignment and pressure relief. By prioritizing sleep quality and investing in a mattress tailored to your unique requirements, you are making a proactive investment in your long-term health and vitality. After all, quality sleep is the cornerstone of a healthy and fulfilling life, supporting physical, mental, and emotional well-being well into your golden years. When you're ready to start on your custom mattress journey, visit our online showroom to get started.


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