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How to Get Enough Sleep Is Keeping Me Up 

How much sleep is necessary? What happens if I do not get enough? Can I store sleep hours for the future or make up past deficits? Will I gain weight if I do not sleep enough? What foods will help me to sleep better?

Sleep is everywhere in the news lately, but it is hard to figure out what to believe. Down Etc has been in the sleep business for two decades, but we still do not have all the answers. Here are a couple of resources we use when we are stumped and need information we can trust.

A Place to Start Looking for Information on Sleep

The Sleep and Sleep Disorders Team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a place to start. Its mission is “to raise awareness of the impact of sleep health on the public’s health and safety.”  The Team notes that, “About 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Lack of sleep is associated with injuries, chronic diseases, mental illnesses, poor quality of life and well-being, increased health care costs, and lost work productivity. Sleep problems are major contributors to some chronic conditions, including obesity and depression but are rarely addressed.” On its website, you can find the chart identifying the recommended hours of sleep based on age, as well as tips for better sleep.

Where to Go Next

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is the place to look for facts on specific issues. There is a wide variety of information, from articles discussing the best movies in which sleep plays a major part (think A Nightmare on Elm Street and Inception) to the causes and effects of snoring.

There are plenty of blogs on sleep.  So many, in fact, that there are blogs devoted solely to listing the best sleep blogs.  Many such blogs and lists are by manufacturers of different sleep products. Always check out any information with a recognized source, including your doctor, particularly before taking any medicines or utilizing any medical devices.  

Delving Deeper Into Sleep Issues

If you want to go deeper, there are plenty of books on the topic of sleep. Arianna Huffington dives deep into the topic of sleep in her book, The Sleep Revolution. You can get a taste of the areas on which she focuses in her Ted Talk.  

When Your Question Is Bedding, Down Etc Has the Answer

We knew it all along, but now the research is in. The bed is the key to hotel guests’ satisfaction with their lodging experiences. J.D. Power, in its North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index [NAGSI] Study, released on July 24, 2019, concluded, “quality of sleep is one of the most important components of a hotel guest experience” and two of the biggest contributors to quality sleep are the “comfort/quality of pillows” and the “comfort/quality of linens.”  That’s why the Team at Down Etc never forgets its foundation in pillows and bedding. They are what we have built our reputation on. We put our knowledge into a book and corresponding video.

Roll Into a Perfectly Made Bed: All You Need to Know About the Art of Bedmaking is divided into twelve chapters with a few extras and a handy glossary of terms at the back. The first eight chapters address elements of the bed from the bottom up, bedframe to comforter cover. The book continues with chapters devoted to elements of a perfectly made bed that may not be instantly apparent, from the way in which the sheets should be laundered to the way the sheets should be changed to protect the bed maker’s back. Roll Into a Perfectly Made Bed can be read straight through from cover to cover or the table of contents can be searched for elements of interest.

In our corresponding video, Roll Into a Perfectly Made Bed, we offer a quick tutorial demonstrating the art of making a bed. Down Etc would like to share what we have learned from decades working with housekeepers around the world to help you and your family.

Although we love knowledge for the sake of knowledge, we hope you will use our blogs and these sources to have a great night’s sleep!™

The Team at Down Etc

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