Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or "practice" skills learned while you were awake in a process called consolidation. "If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice," says Dr. Rapoport, who is an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. "But something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better." In other words if you’re trying to learn something new—whether it’s Spanish or a new tennis swing—you’ll perform better after sleeping.Remember to visit an OMI retailer soon to find a mattress that will not only make you sleep soundly, but safely.
How are you sleeping?
National Sleep Foundation 2012 Bedroom Poll discovered that most consumers are not getting good sleep every night. When polled the participants were asked, “How many nights can you say, I had a good nights sleep?” Every night/ almost every night 34% A few nights a week 42% A few nights a month 12% Rarely 10% Never 2% The survey shows us how only one-third of consumers say they are getting a good night sleep every night or almost every night. The big number that gets overlooked is the two-thirds of consumers that are not getting a good night sleep. And almost one in four consumers are getting a good night sleep just a few nights a month, or less. What category does your sleep fall into? If you are like 2 out of every 3 consumers that does not get a good night sleep every night, it is time to consider getting a comfortable bed that allows for proper support and comfort. Visit an OMI retailer to help you get a great night of sleep every night, check HERE for locations near you. If a full night of sleep is not reason enough, take these health benefits into account: Major Benefits Better Weight Control An earlier bedtime can help boost your diet. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. (They shed similar amounts of total weight regardless of sleep.) Dieters in the study also felt hungrier when they got less sleep. Safer Driving The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2009 that being tired accounted for the highest number of fatal single-car run-off-the-road crashes due to the driver’s performance—even more than alcohol! "Sleepiness is grossly underrated as a problem by most people, but the cost to society is enormous," Dr. Rapoport says. "Sleeplessness affects reaction time and decision making." Insufficient sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having an alcoholic drink.