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Impact of Not Getting Enough Sleep

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Impact of Not Getting Enough Sleep

It’s late at night, you’re watching the clock –Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock—and you begin to wonder why you haven’t yet fallen asleep. This is you, right? Our very own Pete Bils, Vice President, Sleep Science & Research, tells us what factors can lead to inefficient sleep (temp, obesity…) , and what you can do to sleep better.


Factor’s That Negatively Affect Sleep


Sleep Environment 


Where and with whom we sleep makes a big difference in our ability to get adequate rest. Overly bright blue or white light is detrimental because it signals our body to wake up. Noise makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, whether the source is a television, snoring partner, noisy neighborhood or mobile device notification.


Avoid screen-time an hour before bed— watch this video.




Temperature also can disrupt sleep — achieving the right temperature balance so it’s warm enough to fall asleep comfortably but cool enough to stay asleep is essential, but sometimes easier said than done. Thermal incompatibility poses a problem for people who disagree with their sleep partner about bedroom temperature.


For you sleep hotties and freeze babies, check out our Dual-Temp layer.




The size and condition of your mattress has a major effect on sleep. A mattress that provides inadequate support can result in painful pressure points that disrupt sleep. Nine out of 10 couples are not comfortable on the same mattress. Think about it—your body has a different shape, size, weight, & daily routine than your partners. No two people are the same. So, why would you be comfortable with the exact same mattress firmness?


Remember the phrase, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get?” That’s similar to each night of rest. Get a better night’s sleep each night with a Sleep Number bed that can be adjusted on each side—however soft or firm you want.


Consequences of Inadequate Sleep


Relationship between Obesity and Sleep 


Think again before you decide to quit your New Year’s weight loss goal…


When sleep deprived by as little as an hour, the tired brain continues to send the signal for hunger, resulting in overconsumption of food.


Research firmly links poor sleep with cardio and metabolic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and obesity. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about half of U.S. adults have one of these conditions: high cholesterol, high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. Recent scientific studies show sleep problems are an independent risk factor for each of these conditions. According to the CDC, 71 percent of the U.S. population is overweight, including the 38 percent considered obese. Multiple studies have confirmed the link between being overweight and getting insufficient sleep. Lack of sleep contributes to weight gain in multiple ways. Sleep affects the hormones that regulate our caloric energy intake: ghrelin, which signals appetite; and leptin, which indicates satiety.


For more info, view the white paper – Quality sleep: the center of a healthy life


Link Between Sleep and Health Conditions 


Memory Loss 


During quality sleep, the brain is pruned of unnecessary clutter and cleansed. The space between brain cells widens, and cerebral fluid rushes through the brain to wash away proteins that build up as the brain burns energy. Sleep problems prevent the brain from cleansing itself of the beta-amyloid plaque that accumulates there. The brains of people with early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are clogged with plaque that interferes with brain function and memory.  Think of sleep as the “flossing” for your brain plaque.


Sleep Disorders 


Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and other sleep disorders cause people to wake repeatedly throughout the night, preventing them from falling into deep, restorative sleep. Consult with your doctor if you suspect any of these.




Sleeping well during pregnancy, which can be especially difficult in the final months, may affect the type of delivery when the time comes for the baby to be born. Studies show women who sleep less than six hours, three or four days a week at the end of their pregnancies, are 4.2 times more likely to have cesarean deliveries.


Check out this video for the best sleeping positions during pregnancy.



We have loads more sleep tips throughout the Sleep Number blog. Check out these six science-backed tips for falling back asleep that actually work. Or, if you prefer to sleep cooler on warmer night’s read the Pros & Cons of Different Methods to Cool Down.

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