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Sleep or How Little We Need Has Become a Symbol of Our Prowess

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Most of us fail to make good use of such an invaluable part of our lives. In fact, we deliberately do just the opposite. We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. Sleep, or how little of it we need, has become a symbol of our prowess. We make a fetish of not getting enough sleep, and we boast about how little sleep we get. I once had dinner with a man who bragged to me that he'd gotten only four hours of sleep the night before. I resisted the temptation to tell him that the dinner would have been a lot more interesting if he had gotten five. Arianna Huffington,Thrive

How Much Sleep Do We Need? And How Much Sleep Are We Getting?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state how much sleep we need varies between individuals but generally changes as we age.

The National Institutes of Health suggests:

• School-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep daily

• Teens need 9-10.5 hours

• Adults need 7-8 hours

According to data from the National Health Interview Survey:

Nearly 30% of adults reported an average of ≤six hours of sleep per day

Only 31% of high school students reported getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.

Few Things Can Make You Feel Better Than A Good Night's Sleep

We all know that few things can make you feel better than a good night's sleep.

And few things have as powerful an influence on our lives and health. Sleep restores and recharges us, keeps us healthy, and can even affect medical conditions such as diabetes and weight gain.

Factors That Are Crucial In Getting The Sleep You Need

Proper support. Incorrect spinal alignment or localized pressure points can cause more than discomfort. This can lead to tossing and turning or even interrupt the sleep cycle.

Temperature regulation. Variations in temperature may also interrupt the sleep cycle, particularly in those stages where the body's own temperature regulating mechanism is temporarily suspended.

A relaxing, calming atmosphere. Ambient conditions and massage effects are known to be beneficial in promoting better rest and helping the onset of sleep.

A more natural sleep environment. Adaptive surroundings that can bring your sleep area as close as possible to nature, more in accord with the conditions normal to the human body.

Targeting The Sleep Environment

Modern advances in sleep using infrared and magnetic technology have made possible the creation of the optimal sleep environment. The elements of a particularly impressive technology called the Kenko Naturest Sleep System are designed to work in harmony together to cocoon you in an advanced, adaptive, sleeping environment, to create the best chance of the highest quality of sleep, the feeling of sleeping in nature in our own homes, and to help achieve the level of sleep for your mind and body to function not just adequately, but with energy and vitality.

There Is More We Can Expect From A Mattress Than Just Comfort

When choosing a bed, most people only really give thought to the apparent comfort of the mattress. However, in order to offer the highest quality sleep - and adequate rest and recovery - there are many considerations that need to be resolved in the sleep environment. These include: physical comfort, supportive thermal environment with moisture control, ventilation stimulation, hygiene and energetic environment all designed to support the highest quality sleep.

The ingenious features of Kenko Naturest Sleep System optimizes each of these different factors for each individual, even if they share a bed with a partner who might have significantly different requirements at any one time.

Additional Sleep Tips From the Experts Consulted in Thrive

• Make your bedroom darker and keep it cool.

• Practice deep breathing before bed.

• Take a warm bath before bed.

• Exercise or at least walk every day.

• Banish all LCD screens (laptops, tablets, smartphones, TV) at night.

• Cut down on coffee after 2pm and avoid alcohol right before bedtime to give the body time to metabolize it.

Creating Our Personal Sleep Revolution

Creating a healthier, happier life doesn't need to be complicated. By simply incorporating the Kenko Naturest Sleep System into our bed and adding the sleep tips suggested we will begin to create our personal revolution that will change our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

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Please share this Third Metric article with your friends and significant others. To find out more about the Third Metric & Sleep read Thrive, Chapter One, 'A New Blueprint: Time to Renovate the Architecture of Our Lives'. To find out more about the Kenko Naturest Sleep System contact Jackie at; thrive.huffpost@gmail.com