The Science of Sleep
We all know that a great night’s sleep makes us feel unstoppable the next day, but you’ll besurprised at the other benefits research has shown it provides. Sleep is absolutely key for ourhealth – it’s important for our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
Performance and sleep
You know that energised feeling we all love? You need a good night’s sleep to get it.
You see, research proves that sleep increases mental alertness, improving your ability to complete tasks ranging from complex calculations to driving a car.
And it’s not just mental performance that’s improved. Test subjects showed improved physical performance too – faster sprint times, better endurance, lower heart rate and higher levels of energy during a workout.
Quality sleep is restorative and plays a positive role in physical, mental and emotional functioning. (We’ll all have some of that please!)
It strengthens your memory too. During sleep research, those people who’d had a good night’s sleep were better at remembering new words that they’d learnt than participants who hadn’t slept well.
Sleep and your health
Sleeping well will boost your physical health too. How? By boosting your immunity and helping you to fight infection.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it can even help you to metabolise sugar which can help prevent and manage diabetes. “Getting more sleep and improving the quality of sleep may have a positive effect on glucose control in people with and without diabetes.”
Sleep has also been shown to prevent vascular complications such as hypertension, heart disease and strokes.
And, as if all this isn’t enough, sleep actually lowers your risk of an early death. A US study showed that people who slept for an average of 7 hours a night had the longest life expectancy. (Don’t worry if you sleep a bit less or a bit more than this.)
Women and sleep
Science shows that women are more likely to experience problems with sleep. This is because of the hormonal changes that women experience throughout their lifetimes. Pregnancy, early motherhood, menopause and certain times of the menstrual cycle can all upset sleep patterns.
One thing that should never get between you and a good night’s rest is worrying about leakage when you’ve got your period. New Always Ultra Night have a 60% wider back* and are designed to stay put however much you move around. They offer extra protection and up to 100% leakage protection.
While no-one – even our top scientists – have all the answers here, we’re doing all we can to make sure you get the top quality sleep you deserve.
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