Sleep Isn’t for the Weak: The Astonishing Boons of Snoozing

Haven’t you noticed how cranky or irritable you are when you haven’t had a decent night’s sleep after a long time? Yes, sleep can brighten your mood and more. However, it doesn’t only do wonders for your emotional health—it also does great things for your overall well-being.

Exercise and a healthy diet are part of the process of getting to your ideal health, but it all starts with sleep. Here’s why you should change your opinion of sleeping as just resting a tired body.

Sleeping helps with Memory

Those who lost a lot of time not sleeping in their childhood may suffer loss of memory in their old age. That’s because when we sleep, our minds become like computers; while we aren’t aware of it, it processes things we’ve done during the day when we awake. It’s how we master some things.

Sleep gives you ‘Immortality’

Well, we do fall asleep when we die, but sleeping—or getting the required amount of sleep—helps us live longer. A study done on people between the ages of 50 and 80 revealed that six hours or more of sleep helps people live longer. Obviously, we also are more active and alert when we’ve gotten our required hours of sleep.

Sleep helps your Body heal

When we get our required several hours sleeping, our body slows down and gets more rest. This also helps in curbing certain diseases. Problems with the heart, results like stroke, arthritis, and diabetes are only some of the possible problems the body faces when it lacks sleep over a long time.

Ideally Creating Ideas

When we get a good night’s rest, we become more alert. Our minds are more creative as well. Studies have pointed to sleep as an aid to repurposing your memories. Hence, when we get more sleep, we get more ideas as well, leading to more creativity in our activities.

When we get more sleep, we also get less cranky. This is better for all the people around us and for us, as we win more friends by sleeping—it’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

That Snooze Button: Animals Who Don’t Know how to Wake Up

Sleep is a biological need that absolutely everybody needs. There’s no question about it—people would rather starve to death and not die without sleep. It’s an essential need that helps you to have a healthy lifestyle. Other animals—we are animals too, after all—are different, however.

This list consists of animals you’d most rather see asleep than awake. From the small to the big, here are the animals that made this list.

Squirrels


Sleep time: 14.9 hrs

At 14.9 hrs, there are a number of activities we could have accomplished, but not the squirrel. While you might see them actively seeking food, the fact is they’re quite the sleepers. They’re asleep for almost half the day, although they are quite active when they’re awake.

Tiger


Sleep time: 15.8 hrs

For all their ferocity, the mighty tiger is just essentially a big cat, after all. Cats have cat naps and the tiger is no different. It needs a longer time of sleep than the minute squirrel—and rightfully so. If you’ve seen the mighty tiger hunt, you’ll now know where it gets the energy to do that.

Python


Sleep time: 18 hrs

For such a large animal, there’s no wonder why the python needs all that sleep time. After all, it spends much energy in hunting for animals larger than itself, then another half of that energy swallowing it whole. It then spends most of its sleeping time presumably digesting and storing that energy for another big hunt.

Giant Armadillo


Sleep time: 18.1 hrs

It just seems that the larger the animal, the longer the time it spends sleeping. The giant armadillo spends most of its time doing the opposite of hunting—defending itself from attacks. There’s nothing like a relaxing nap of 18 or more hours as a reward for staying alive.

Koala


Sleep time: 22 hrs

The koala is almost like a sloth, just cuter. If you’ve seen how chill its movements are, you’ll also get an idea why it’s resting most of the time. A koala, on average, spends 22 hrs asleep. That’s about a day’s worth of sleep every day in its lifetime.

Most humans would rather develop or create something worthy when they’re awake. These animals, however, won’t have none of that—it’s the price you pay for being too ‘chill’.

A Sleepy Debate: Chinese-Made and American-Made Memory Foams—The Difference

There have been many things said about and experienced with American- and Chinese-made memory foams. As a rule of thumb, American-made foam mattresses have a higher quality than Chinese-made ones, but that may be unfair, as the Chinese have been improving their products as of late.

What makes people think that Chinese-made mattresses are of lower quality? Why would you choose American-made mattresses? Here are a few ideas about that.

Density is Not There

Memory foams are high-quality because of their supposed density. This density is important because it helps the mattress retain its quality and help it in keeping its owner’s preferred posture. The problem with Chinese quality foams is that they sacrifice quality for the quantity of delivery. American-made foams retain this, at the expense of exporting more quality.

Questionable Quality

Chinese-made memory foams are currently flooding the US market right now, but their reputation has always been the same; the rebound quality is not the same and it becomes more firm as your room gets colder. People are getting worried about the chemical smell, a normal characteristic of Chinese memory foams.

American-made Foams last longer

Not all is bad about Chinese-quality foams. These models are softer than the more expensive models. Some models also have innovations, like gel-hybrid foams. However, their durability is still question. More expensive American models also do not contour as easily as Chinese models.

Non-Toxic to the Environment

Chemicals are used in creating foams and in China, companies sometimes cut corners by sacrificing quality control. That’s a reason why American-made foams can be quite expensive—they don’t sacrifice anything and are US-certified.

Questionable Fillers

As a result of lighter quality control restrictions, Chinese-made foams are made of suspect quality. They usually have fillers in the range of clay, stone dust, and lead—a poisonous substance to humans. If you’re buying foams, you should be aware of this fact.

If you’re looking for cheaper quality foams, never sacrifice your safety. It would be still better to buy a fairly expensive memory foam from the US rather than play the foam sweepstakes with Chinese-made foams.

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