1st February 2021
Health and Wellness

Obsessed with Your Bed and Sleep? You may be a Clinophile!

Clinophilia
Noun 

  1. The love of beds.
  2. The love of going to bed.
  3. In psychiatry: Tendency to maintain a reclining position. 
  4. Somnephilia (the love of going to sleep and/or dream)

Do you love your bed? 

  • Do you find every possible opportunity to lay in your bed? 
  • When your alarm goes off, is the first thing you think about is when you get to go back to bed? 
  • Do you daydream about your bed throughout the day? 
  • Is your bed your happy place? 
  • Are you excited about nights when you get to enjoy your bed? 

If you answered no to 3 or more of the above then you are not a clinophile and need to rethink your relationship with sleep and your bed! Sleep is good for you and should be something you look forward to doing. It’s like eating your favorite breakfast, it’s healthy and enjoyable. You should consider adding things to your sleep routine that also feels good and can help get you excited about going to sleep. Try that weighted blanket, aromatherapy or sleep machine! 

Alternatively, you shouldn’t obsess over the amount or lack of sleep so much that you force yourself to try things that can actually limit your sleep. Don’t feel obligated to try a scent you hate or struggling to listen to rain sounds in a quest to make you sleep. This is counterproductive to truly enjoy your time in bed. 

Getting enough sleep and being more aware of its health benefits does seem to be trendier now. There was a time when staying up all night was a badge of honor. What counts is the quality. The best way to determine whether you got a good night’s rest is to see how you feel throughout the day. If you’re able to function until bedtime, maybe with a dip in the afternoon, you probably got sufficient sleep.” 

Seema Khosla, MD, the medical director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep

What Does Quality Sleep Look Like? 

If you spend at least 85% of your time in bed sleeping, that’s when you know you’re getting a healthy amount of sleep every night. Ideally, your bed and mattress should support this. In fact, if you fall asleep within 30 minutes or less of getting into bed and typically sleep straight through the night you are getting quality sleep. 

You can also tell if you had a good quality of sleep by how you feel when you are awake. Do you feel refreshed? Have lots of energy during the day? Are you in a good mood? Do you feel clear-headed? 

You should be able to answer yes to any of those questions if you had a truly restful night’s sleep. Now the good news if you maybe answered no to any of those questions… naps are making a comeback! In a study conducted for the Edinburgh International Science Festival, scientists discovered a surprising link between taking short naps and happiness during the day.

Previous research has shown that naps of under 30 minutes make you more focused, productive and creative, and these new findings suggest the tantalising possibility that you can also become happier by just taking a short nap.”

Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

So snuggle up in your favorite blanket and get to snoozing. It’s great for your physical and mental health. If you aren’t in love with your bed… one night of sleeping on an Essentia can turn you into an Essentia-phile! 

ESSENTIAPHILE
Noun 

  1. Love of your Essentia bed. Can’t imagine sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t hit every key element needed for deep, restorative sleep
  2. An intense drive to tell all who will listen about the next level sleep you experience on your Essentia mattress. 
  3. Passionate about Essentia’s Beyond Organic values. Apply them to other products purchased for the home, taking into consideration organic components, cruelty-free, vegan, and sustainability.

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