Having a Sense of Purpose Might Just Help You Sleep Better in Your Later Years

It’s a fact that the older you get, the less sleep you tend to get. Seniors experience sleeping problems due to change in one’s sleep architecture. This doesn’t mean that sleeping less is okay, though. Seniors still need to get about 7 to 8 hours of zzz’s nightly to give them ample rest and energy for the next day.

If you’ve been trying to look for ways how to remedy this issue, you might be glad to know that a new technique has been discovered by experts. Apparently, according to a new study, having a sense of purpose can really help you sleep better.

In a study led by neurologist Jason Ong from the Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, they found out that people who have a good reason to get up in the morning tends to sleep better at night. They also have lower risks of experiencing sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome, boosting the quality of their zzz’s.

The research surveyed 800 people with ages 60 to 100 to learn about their sleep and motivations in life. Those who have responded to have found meaning and purpose in their lives tend to have better sleep quality overall, which makes scientists think that one’s outlook in their lives can really aid in sleeping better.

We know this information can up the existential crisis some people may already be experiencing. But who knows? You might just find your life’s purpose one of these days and that might benefit you in your twilight years, so that’s another great thing to look forward to, right?

 

 

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To Sleep In on the Weekends or Not, That is the Question

Experts have been quite adamant that sleeping in on the weekends isn’t the best solution to paying off your sleep debt. Especially if you intend to sleep the entire day away just so you can get back hours of the sleep you’ve missed during the weekdays, you won’t exactly be doing any favors to your body, but might actually make things even worse instead.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleeping in on weekends can throw off your body clock, which, in turn, can wreak your sleeping hygiene for the following week. This can actually be the very cause for your sleep deprivation issues, making the whole activity counterintuitive.

However, there’s no denying that sleeping in on the weekends is one of the most enjoyable and luxurious things that you can do without spending a lot of money. Lots of people may already know that they shouldn’t sleep in but still do it because of the sheer fun of it.

As we’re so fond of staying cozy, we’re also a bit guilty of doing this “bad habit” from time to time. This is why we’re a bit ecstatic to find an emerging research that shows some evidence that sleeping in on the weekends can be beneficial in terms of your BMI (Body Mass Index).

According to a study conducted by specialists in South Korea, those who doesn’t sleep too well during the week and compensates for it on the weekends tend to have slightly lower BMI compared to those who sleep little all week-long. The study has shown that every hour of extra sleep amounted to about 0.12 lower BMI, which can still be a good amount, given that all you have to do is sleep a bit more.

Another study has also shown that sleeping in on the weekends help those who are at risk of diabetes. As sleep deprivation can up your chances of contracting this blood sugar problem, not getting enough zzz’s can lead to serious complications that can even be life-threatening later on. So, a few healthy men were subjected to a few quick tests where they were sleep deprived for 4 days and then allowed extended sleep hours on the next two evenings.

Results have shown that their insulin sensitivity fell by 23% and their bodies produced more insulin to compensate. After the nights when they slept more, their insulin levels bounced back to their normal levels, making the experts theorize that sleeping in may also have its own benefits. However, data for long term practice is unavailable, so we can’t say for certain if the pattern can be an ideal setup for regular people.

So where do we stand in all of these? We’re all for a healthy sleep hygiene, so we like to promote a bit of sleeping in. It should still be limited to an hour or less, though, so you won’t damage your internal body clock and feel tired and sluggish when Monday rolls in. As sleep debt isn’t exactly paid off in increments and can only be handled by sleeping better in general, it’s best if you’ll make the effort to have a better relationship with your slumber to get rid of your sleep debt once and for all.

Salem, the Elephant, and Comfort

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Most people associate Salem beds with its iconic elephant. This wonderful creature has stood as a significant emblem for the company and helped build Salem an identity that is truly memorable and easily distinguishable from the rest. Some may wonder why a provider of comfort has chosen what others will consider a wild giant as its torch bearer, so finally, we are answering such an inquiry.

Elephants are, without a doubt, some of the most wonderful creatures around. They have always brought upon wonder about them and was even thought fantastical and mythological by Westerners in the Middle Ages. Even Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, himself shared his more than two cents’ worth about elephants, remarking that it is “the beast that passeth all others in wit and mind.”

What is it about elephants that make them so marvelous and awe-inspiring? Is it their massive size or their tremendous weight? While these may have been among the first things that had attracted Salem to use a real live Indian elephant in their unforgettable marketing campaign a few decades ago, it is all more than that. Aside from letting the elephant play on and with the mattress to showcase its quality construction and durability, the elephant stands for a lot more about the company’s values and ideals.

Being one of the most intelligent creatures in the planet, the elephant has been a great influence to the company in so many ways. It has inspired Salem to be an exemplary model in the industry, as elephants have always been among its counterparts. The following list of traits elaborates more on how the company identifies closely with elephants easily.

The capability to offer comfort is one of the most notable things that elephants demonstrate. It is also a primary goal Salem strives to achieve. According to studies, elephants have a sense of empathy, allowing them to respond to distressed creatures near them. On several occasions, elephants were observed offering comfort to fellow elephants and even humans through touching and certain vocal sounds. In a similar sense, Salem works hard to provide quality products that can provide unadulterated satisfaction that can help enhance the quality of sleep. Comfort is definitely something Salem beds work hard to provide to the public and has been quite successful at it as evidenced by our years in service.

Elephants are also known to have a very long lifespan. This can be easily said for Salem beds as well, since most of our beds can last up to a lifetime. This makes them excellent investments, as you can be assured that they’ll last for a very long time. While elephants can be around for more than two centuries, Salem’s high quality beds can surely last for generations.

With most elephants living in packs, scientists have hypothesized that this behavior is a testimony to how significant familial bonds are to them. Their matriarchal groupings are usually composed of a family of female elephants and their young, led by the oldest female. Once the matriarch passes away or relinquishes her post due to age, the power passes on to the next elder sister or daughter in the group.

For Salem, families are equally significant. With homes closely associated with warmth, security, and comfort, Salem strives to create products that are worth introducing to such wonderful spaces. By manufacturing high quality beds that provides exceptional satisfaction, the company takes pride in being able to help build stronger bonds in families all over the country.

Salem also takes great inspiration from the elephant’s wit. Noted as some of the most dazzling creatures in the planet, elephants exhibit their intelligence through self-awareness, ability to communicate with each other, and long term memory. In Salem’s end, this wondrous trait is showcased through innovation. We take pride in offering products crafted through knowledge of the latest sleep technologies, assuring consumers that they will get the most modern beds available today.

Altruism is another trait elephants are known to have. This pleasing characteristic has been seen among elephants on various occasions, where they have shown great selflessness in times of need. Although being charitable is not exactly what many would consider as altruistic, Salem tries its best to help those in need. The company’s generosity has been showcased a number of times in the past, especially through the TV show, Wish Ko Lang.

The elephant may have been quite an odd choice for depicting a well known corporation, but once you get to know many of the traits of this gentle giant, it easily makes sense. Likening Salem’s corporate appearance to the characteristics of a wondrous, majestic, and magnificent mammal only shows as exemplary a company Salem is as an elephant would be in the animal kingdom.