Emma The Sleep Company’s in-house sleep expert Dr. Verena Senn explains the value of sleep, how it affects our lives and well-being, and the impact technology is having on rest.
A lot of people are not aware of how important sleep is, they do not give sleep the amount of attention it actually deserves. I would like to change that. I want to explain the important aspects of sleep and how to optimize them. So why do we sleep at all? It is a tricky question, but we have many more answers than people commonly think.
The optimal sleeping time for humans is around eight hours. At least that’s the theory right? This means that when we’re ninety, we’ll have spent thirty years sleeping. This already indicates the importance of sleep.
At night our brain processes what we have learned and experienced during the day. Sleep will always boost the knowledge or abilities we acquired while awake. This means if you sleep between learning and testing, your performance is better compared to not sleeping in between. We can also tell our brain what to keep during sleep and what to dismiss.
Not getting enough sleep diminishes cognitive functions like attention, reasoning, language and decision-making. Creativity and problem-solving also strongly depend on sleep.
Sleep is tremendously important for our immune system. Several studies show that sleep helps recovery from a cold. But if we get enough sleep we won’t even catch a cold as easily in the first place.
The relationship between sleeping and dreaming is important, too. Current research indicates that our dreams do not replicate what happens during the day. They rather mirror emotions from the previous day. It is assumed that the brain tries to separate emotions from experiences while dreaming. Dr. Rosalind Cartwright has demonstrated that we dream in order to resolve our emotional past. The reason why dream sleep is so successful in separating experience from emotion is probably a stress hormone called noradrenaline, or better said, the absence of this hormone during REM sleep. Reexperiencing emotions in the absence of this hormone seems to help people get over them. There is a therapy for patients with a post-traumatic stress disorder. Their levels of noradrenaline are lowered in order to let them process negative emotions overnight. Most people know that things seem much less worrying after having slept. Now you now the scientific explanation for this long-known observation
So, if sleep is so important, what do we need for a night of good sleep?
Start with a good mattress that is comfortable and ergonomic. Your spine and intervertebral disks are equilibrated. Why is this important? Your intervertebral disks lose liquid during the day because of the load they carry. They replenish while you sleep. Ergonomics are as important as your sleeping habits.
I’d like to close with a quote from Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post: “A way to a more productive, more inspired and more joyful life is getting enough sleep.”
We started our company because we wanted to improve people’s quality of life through better sleep. And we’re successful because of our team. It’s been a rewarding experience. Our team is innovative, hard-working, and has a real sense of purpose.
“Working with a group of people to solve a problem is rewarding. It brings us closer together, inspires new ways of thinking, and builds meaningful relationships.”
One team, one dream
We collaborate and support each other for a common goal
“I like working across teams instead of on teams. We influence each other, we share responsibility. It creates a work environment built on trust.”
Ownership doesn't rest
We take responsibility across the company
“You learn a lot if you really listen, which is what I do when our customers talk. You get to know their needs. And if you can find a way to meet a need, you’ve won.”
Put yourself in the customer's pyjamas
We put our customers first to ensure superior results
“A good idea is even better if you can prove it. That’s a great idea. It becomes an idea that can make a difference.”
Stay awake, stay agile
We hypothesize, test, and adapt
“If you never try, you’ll never know. Take chances and ask questions. It’s the first step to making a change for the better.”
Innovation over hibernation
We question the status quo
“How do you make a clear decision in a fast-paced, energetic work environment? You look at the facts, consider the situation, and go from there.”
Eyes open to logic
We make rational decisions
"Emma has made a big difference in the way I sleep. I used to wake up tired with a stiff neck and lower back pain. After getting an Emma mattress, the back and neck pains have gone away. It’s amazing how much better I feel. Good sleep really makes a difference. Thank you Emma."Holly H., 25
“I honestly thought this wouldn't help my back after trying 12 mattresses prior and spending hundreds of pounds. I have never had such a good night sleep after buying this mattress. I wake up and my back and hips don’t hurt. After 30 years of suffering I have finally found a mattress that does what it says. Well recommended."Sharon T., 49
“Have always struggled with mattresses....until Emma came along. Never had a bad night's sleep since it arrived last October. For once I was looking forward to coming home from my holiday because I knew I would get an amazing sleep on my return. It's like coming home to an old friend.”Alison B., 52
“Yesterday I received the delivery...the entire buying process and the way Emma customer service kept me updated was a great experience. I had my 1st A Ha! moment when we un-boxed the mattress, it so beautifully comes packed in a deceptively small package...once open it starts taking the shape...in no time it became a full flagged. After many years, yesterday nite I had a restful and complete sleep."Abhijit B., 45
"Totally amazed at the quality of this mattress. I fall asleep instantly and I wake fully rested after a good eight hours. I never used to need an alarm clock because I was always awake due to the lumpy springs in my old mattress. We cannot thank Emma enough for changing our sleep quality."David, 62
"My husband is a light sleeper and would wake up if I turned over in bed. This caused us to sleep apart to get a good nights sleep. The Emma is amazing, it doesn’t move no matter how much you toss and turn."Leanne R., 32
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