You may have heard it’s important to get around eight hours of sleep each night, but what most people don’t know is the quality of sleep matters as much as how long you sleep.
Throughout the night you go through four stages of sleep:
Stage 1 - This is when your body starts to relax. Your breathing and heartrate slow down. Your muscles relax and your brain waves begin to slow down.
Stage 2 - This stage encompasses half of your sleep cycle. You fall into this stage of sleep more than any of the others. During this stage your body continues to relax, your brain waves are much slower with short periods of activity, your eye movements stop and your body temperature drops.
Stages 3 and 4 - These stages are considered deep sleep stages. It’s where your body is in the deepest state of relaxation and brain waves are at their slowest.
Stage 5 - This last stage is REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, when you sometimes have vivid dreams accompanied by fast and/or irregular breathing, changes in body temperature and twitching in body and limbs.
The benefits of deep sleep
You cycle through the various stages of sleep throughout the night, and body stays in deep sleep the longest during the first few cycles but as the night progresses the deep sleep cycle gets shorter.
Deep sleep facilitates several processes in the body. During deep sleep, the brain metabolizes glucose which helps with memory and overall learning.
These are the other benefits of deep sleep: it promotes growth and repair of tissues and bones, cells regenerate, strengthens the immune system, increases blood supply to the muscles, and restores energy. Deep sleep is what allows you to wake up refreshed, and if you’re sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress or your sleep environment isn’t optimal (i.e., too light, too warm/cold, etc.) it’s unlikely that you’re getting as much of this regenerative sleep you your body needs.
Deep sleep and a comfortable mattress are undeniably linked, and a good quality mattress is the best investment you can make toward regenerative sleep. For South Africans who are smart with their money but uncompromising about their quality of sleep, Sealy South Africa is proud to introduce the Crown Jewel range of mattresses.
Sealy Crown Jewel mattress
The two Spring systems in this range - the DSx Sense and Respond - respond as weight is applied with push-back support. The Body Sense pocket system offers conformance, all working together with Wool layers, Gel Memory foam, Latex and zoned support layers in the centre third of the mattress.
The result is better spinal alignment and relief from pressure points while sleeping.“We think that our customers will notice the difference on night one, remembering your body takes time to adjust to the correct support of a new mattress,” says Sealy South Africa brand executive, Riaan Strydom.
“Most of us know what it’s like to suffer aches in our joints and back after sleeping on a poor quality or old mattress. Sealy solved that problem by designing a mattress that’s truly built for the human body. The extra support is subtle enough that you won’t notice any difference from a traditional mattress, but by morning, your body will have felt the difference.
And it feels great.”The Crown Jewel also extends its usable area right out to its edges through its Duraflex foam encased system that surrounds the spring system for a strong seating edge and stability.
If you’re waking up tired all the time, even after getting the right amount of sleep, you may need to look at your mattress as the culprit. A good mattress offers support and comfort that help relax your body so you can get more deep sleep.
Comfort vs Support – what is the difference?
“Support” refers to the mattress’s inner structure and its ability to support your spine, keeping it aligned and promoting correct push-back support during sleep. “Comfort” refers to the material layers on top of the innerspring and how soft or firm they are. These layers conform to the body, helping to relieve pressure points and ensure good blood circulation during sleep. The Sealy Crown Jewel range comes in these comfort options:
- Dsx Sense and Respond Spring: Firm, medium and plush
- Body Sense Pocket System: X Firm, firm, medium and plush
- Body Sense Pocket on Pocket System: Plush
How to find your comfort preference
- Visit various bed stores and actually lie down on the beds. Be sure to dress in comfortable clothes. A good pillow also ensures correct spinal alignment.
- If you’re sharing the bed with someone else, both of you should try out the bed.
- Know the mattress size you need and think about your typical sleeping position. Remember that side sleepers usually need a softer comfort level, while front and back sleepers are ok with a medium or firm level.
- Spend a few minutes lying down on each bed, trying out different comfort and support levels until you find the comfort and price that suits you.
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