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In the quest for a restful night’s sleep, the concept of “sleep pressure” emerges as a powerful force that must be evaluated and broken down. Let’s dive into the science of sleep pressure and discuss what it is, how does it work, and more importantly how to build it.  

What is sleep pressure: 

Sleep pressure is the body’s natural drive to sleep, influenced by the duration of wakefulness and the need for restorative rest. The longer we stay awake, the higher our sleep pressure builds, creating a biological urge to seek sleep. Basically, this is that moment when you are trying your hardest to stay awake, but nothing is working. Your eyelids feel like a thousand pounds, and you can barely keep them open. Your head is bobbing and no matter how many smacks to the face you deliver, you keep “riding the roller coaster”. This is when your sleep pressure is at an all-time high and your body is demanding your attention to sleep to recover. That state can be recreated daily, however today, it has become more difficult.  

The importance of sleep pressure:  

The importance of building your daily “sleep pressure” is simply the drive towards sleep that accumulates during the day. This is one of those things that sounds simple enough, yet still gets “slept on”. The more physical activity and stimulation one receives during the day, the more sleep pressure you build for bedtime. This has become more of an issue because folks are “less tired” around the time to go to sleep due to much more of a sedentary lifestyle. We as humans always take an easier route and due to that, our daily lives require less physicality. We have more means of transportation, more careers performed in a seated position in front of a computer or steering wheel, and more activities that do not require the individual to be on their feet. All of this is directly affecting our ability to build a vast amount of sleep pressure.  

The Role of Circadian Rhythms:  

Our internal body clock, or circadian rhythm, interacts with sleep pressure to regulate our sleep-wake cycle. Understanding this intricate combination allows us to strategically build sleep pressure at the correct times, optimizing our chances for a smooth transition into a restful sleep.  

What helps build sleep pressure: 

What prevents sleep pressure: 

Mindful Wakefulness:  

Mindfulness and engagement during wakefulness contribute to the gradual buildup of sleep pressure. Staying active, both mentally and physically, ensures that when bedtime approaches, your body is ready to embrace the rest it needs. The more activities you can fit into the day, the more likely your body is going to be begging for rest. Too many times people struggle with falling asleep simply because we did not do much in our day that warrants sleep. We didn’t walk much. We didn’t exercise. We sucked down coffee or energy drinks all day. We didn’t interact with many people. We didn’t experience any situations that required critical thinking or problem solving. We got home and immediately sat down and streamed Netflix or Hulu. We finally head to bed just to lay down aimlessly scrolling on our phones completely feeding the wrong neurons our brains need to rest. It is a recipe for disaster, and we are all so curious why we are so groggy day in and day out.  

For example: Some of the best sleep people tend to have is after a long day of sight-seeing on a trip. That is purely due to the fact of: tons of soaking up fresh air/sunlight, stimulation from taking in new views, socializing and navigating a new place, and a massive increase in steps. Most agree that after a long day of sightseeing on a trip/vacation, the second they hit their pillow...they are KNOCKED OUT! That is due to the massive amount of sleep pressure they have built. SO, we can recreate that in our normal day-to-day life, and we will have much more of a chance to fall fast asleep. Try to cram so much activity during your day so you are literally crawling into bed begging for the sandman to take you off to dreamland! SWEET DREAMS!  

In conclusion: Move MORE, SLEEP more!   

As we travel into the realm of restful sleep, the temperature of our sleep environment plays a critical role. Emerging studies and sleep science highlight the surprising benefits of maintaining a cooler sleep space. Let’s discover why sleeping colder could be the major key to achieving deeper and more rejuvenated sleep.  

Thermal Regulation for Quality Sleep:  

Our bodies naturally cool down as we prepare for sleep. A cooler bedroom allows this natural process to occur more efficiently. This helps in achieving and maintaining the optimal internal temperature conducive to restful sleep. Your brain needs to drop its temperature 2-3 degrees Fahrenheit to achieve optimal sleep. The ideal temperature for sleep is between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature gets higher than 67 degrees, it is more difficult to fall asleep. Falling into a deep sleep is associated with cool body temperatures and being too hot can hurt your ability to fall and stay asleep.  

Melatonin Production and Circadian Alignment:  

A cooler sleep environment enhances the production of melatonin, which is the naturally produced sleep inducing hormone. It promotes the alignment of our circadian rhythm, which tells the body that it is wind down time. This synchronization allows us to fall asleep faster and achieve more restorative sleep cycles.  

Improved Sleep Quality and Duration:  

Studies indicate that a cooler sleep environment is associated with better sleep quality and for a longer period. Cooler temperatures promote the release of heat from the body, preventing disruptions in sleep caused by overheating. As a result, individuals are more likely to experience deep and more sustained periods of rest. A cooler sleep sanctuary will help with overall comfort which will create a relaxing atmosphere that encourages the body and mind to calm. This sense of “chill” (Har har har) will help in reducing restlessness, making it easier to transition to REM sleep.  

Cooling Mattresses:  

Invest in a temperature regulated mattress that will only aid in achieving a cooler sleep. Which from the studies prove, a cooler night sleep is a recovered night sleep.  A few options are the Breeze line from Tempur-Pedic, the Sealy Posturepedic Plus Hybrid line, and the Southerland Thermo Balance Hybrids 

-  Tempur-pedic Probreeze Medium and Medium Hybrid mattress  

- Tempur-Pedic Luxe Breeze Soft, Firm, or Medium Hybrid mattress 

- Sealy Posturepedic Plus Hybrid High Point Firm or Soft, The Brenham Firm or Soft Hybrid mattress, and the Albany Medium hybrid mattress 

- Southerland Thermo Balance Hybrid and Memory Foam Mattresses: NXT Firm Euro Top, Valhalla Firm Euro Top, Wrangell Hybrid, Tobert Hybrid, Sierra Hybrid, Osborn Memory Foam, Olympus Memory Foam, or Sanford Hybrid mattress  

Quick and cold tips to reduce heat in the bedroom:  

Conclusion:  

In the pursuit of a great night’s rest, the temperature of your sleep space is more important than you think. Embracing a cooler sleep sanctuary supports the body’s natural sleep processes, enhances comfort, and aids in overall sleep quality. Your path to a more recovering night’s sleep awaits in the cool embrace of your bedroom!  

In the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives, achieving the perfect night’s sleep often seems like an elusive dream. However, with further knowledge and the correct system in place, you can transform your interrupted “sleep” into an oasis of “dream sleep”.  

Exploring the Science of Dream Sleep: 

Dream sleep, also known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, plays a critical role in our overall well-being. It is during this stage that our dream occurs, and the brain consolidates memories. REM sleep is vital for fostering creativity, improving mood, cognitive function, and decision-making skills.  

Creating Your Dream Sleep Sanctuary:  

Transforming your bedroom into something more than just a place where you sleep is imperative. You need to create a place that draws you in and creates a sense of calm. Build a comfortable oasis that emphasizes, “this is where I get cozy, fall asleep, stay asleep, and recover”. Consider soft, soothing lighting, calming colors, and minimal distractions. Embrace the power of a bedtime routine to remind your body and mind that it is time to unwind. For example: I invested in a Luxe Breeze Adapt Firm mattress that I get legitimately excited about crawling into every night. I paired that with a TEMPUR-Ergo Pro Smart Base powered by Sleeptracker-AI. It can detect snoring and automatically respond by raising you up to relieve the chance of snoring. The base also helps you relax through soothing massage combinations that prepare your mind and body for sleep. It has a sound bar that you can connect to your phone to play soothing sounds like a crackling fire, the sea, or a thunderstorm. Or you can have it read you a bedtime story in a very calming voice. Plus, it has an app that you can receive personalized sleep coaching with insights and expert-level analytics to help track and improve your sleep quality over time. I painted the walls with darker toned paint. I purchased and installed “black out curtains” to completely block out any light from the outside world. NO T.V. in the room. I have an alarm clock that awakens me slowly with light in the morning and that does not show the time in bright numbers to distract me. A battery power alarm that is a classic alarm just in case the light does not wake me in time or if it becomes unplugged. That gives me mental peace. I have the overhead fan circulating the cool air in the room because I have the thermostat set at 66. I have Tencel sheets, carbon cooling pillows by Malouf, and a soft comforter. I keep my phone plugged in away from my bedside where I can hear it ring in case of an emergency, but I am not tempted to use it. I have dimming lights to allow myself to read to help me unwind and fall asleep. I have art on the wall that reminds me of calm: which are the mountains and woodland features. I have created the ultimate sleep cave that I get pumped to use. Embrace a bedtime routine, build a sleep sanctuary, and cut off distractions to allow yourself to transition smoothly into the dream realm.  

The Right Mattress Matters:  

Investing in the right mattress is imperative to achieving dream sleep. A mattress that completely aligns with your body’s unique needs and preferences can make all the difference. Take your time trying and testing different options at a local shop that carries many brands. When you are testing the mattresses, lay in the position in which you sleep. Do not just look, poke, and sit on them. LAY DOWN and get into the right position so you know exactly what you like and don’t like. Do not cheap out on this purchase in your life. People toss tons of money on couches, vehicles, and other gadgets that do nothing to aid in creating a healthier life. Then they will pick some cheap rectangle that will not inspire them to go to bed, not be comfortable, or do anything to help recover. Think about it: The average person sleeps in their own bed 340 days out of the year for on average 5-8 hours per night. That is 2000-3000 hours of use per year. No product you own receives that much usage, yet people will not spend the money that tool deserves. In mattresses, you truly get what you pay for, so do not cheap out on this expense. BUT do not purchase an item that is going to financially strain you either. Shop. Test. Think. Save. Then invest in the product that you will be incredibly excited to use nightly!  

Mindfulness and Dream Sleep:  

Beyond the mental benefits, dream sleep plays a crucial role in physical health. It aids in the restoration of the body, supporting immune function and contributing to overall vitality. By prioritizing dream sleep, you are not only investing in a good night's sleep; you are investing in your long-term well-being.  

Conclusion:  

Embarking on a journey to achieve dream sleep requires actual effort. From understanding some of the science behind it to creating a sleep sanctuary and honing mindfulness practices. Each step contributes to a restful night. As we say good reddens to restless nights and angry mornings, let's welcome recovered bodies with open arms. Dream sleep is on the horizon for those who prioritize and nurture the art of truly restorative sleep.  

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