Benefits of an Odd Night’s Sleep
At The Odd Company, we pride ourselves on producing made-to-measure mattresses that give you the best possible night’s sleep.
For us, the most important element of our mattresses is the pocket spring system that adapts to the contours of your body supporting your body’s natural posture. This type of spring also reduces motion transfer, helping to make sure your partner’s night time movements don’t disturb you.
We aim to use natural materials wherever we can. Natural fillings such as horsehair and wool are made up of fibres that act like the world’s most eco-friendly air conditioning system, regulating temperature and keeping your bed fresh and hygienic with a constant flow of air.
We specialise in making made-to-measure mattresses in any size and almost any shape; meaning you can have exactly the bed you want, whatever your requirements. We’re all different, after all.
Put those ingredients together and it’s ‘odds-on’ you’ll get your best ever night’s sleep. But why does that matter? Why do we take sleep so seriously, and go to such lengths to make the perfect mattresses for sleeping on?
Sleep is essential for our physical and mental well-being. The better we sleep, the better we live day to day. There are all sorts of benefits to sleeping well, which means there are all sorts of benefits to choosing the right mattress to sleep on. Here are some of them.
Improve brain function
Our brains are amazing organs. Their complexity puts even the most advanced super computers to shame, and we are still a long way off fully understanding how they work.
One thing we do know, however, is that our brains need sleep. Sleep allows the 100 billion neurons in our brains time to rest, repair and rebuild. Getting enough quality sleep on a regular basis improves our memories and cognitive functions. It boosts our attention span and concentration. When we sleep well, we learn better, we work better, we think more clearly.
Enjoy better mental health
We all know that a lack of sleep can lead to us feeling ratty and irritable. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Just as poor sleep over a sustained period of time will start to affect our cognitive abilities, it will also put our brain chemistry out of kilter. Scientists believe that it is a likely cause of conditions like depression and anxiety.
In addition, when we are tired and irritable and struggle to control our emotions, we get stressed more easily. Stress is actually caused by the ‘fight or flight’ hormone cortisol, which keeps us in a heightened but ‘wired’ state of wakefulness. Elevated levels of cortisol in our body over long periods are a leading cause of insomnia. So we get trapped in a negative feedback loop – we’re more stressed because we’re tired, and stress makes us less likely to sleep.
Control your weight
Speaking about stress hormones, here’s a benefit of getting a proper night’s sleep you probably never realised – it can help you lose weight and avoid weight gain. Why? Well it’s all to do with that cortisol stuff again.
When you go into ‘fight or flight’ mode (i.e. stress), your body knows it needs an emergency stash of energy from somewhere. So cortisol blocks the part of your metabolism that burns fat. The more tired and stressed you are, the harder you find it to shed body fat. And when you combine that with stuffing yourself with lots of foods you shouldn’t a) because you’re craving carbs and sugar to keep going and b) because you can’t be bothered cooking properly, that quickly leads to weight gain.
If you sleep better, you lower the levels of cortisol in your body, so your body can get back to getting rid of fat again.
Boost your immune system
We’ve all had reason to think a lot more about how effective our bodies are at fighting off diseases in the past couple of years. A global pandemic will do that to you. But did you know that you can give your immune system a boost by sleeping better?
Scientists believe that rest and recuperation through better sleep improves the capabilities of the special T cells that fight viruses and other germs.