It's no surprise that many prioritize entertainment and success at the expense of rest, we do that too. It's easy to overlook the importance of sleep. 


Matt Walker, a neuroscientist and the Center for Human Sleep Science Director at UC Berkeley, has uncovered several compelling insights into the relationship between sleep and performance. 


Let's dig into how sleep can become your superpowerand how embracing it can make you happier, more successful, and a better person overall.

Your Habits are What Prevent You From Having Restorative Sleep

Our modern lifestyles have led to several bad habits that interfere with our ability to get a good night's rest. Both adults and teenagers alike engage in late-night emailing or messaging, exposing themselves to blue light from screens that can disrupt sleep patterns. 


Others rely on late afternoon coffee to push through more work, not realizing that caffeine can interfere with their ability to fall asleep later in the evening. Heavy meals at night force the body to focus on digestion rather than restorative processes during sleep. 


Some individuals turn to sleeping pills to force sleep, leading to physical and mental unwellness, while others indulge in late-night beer or wine to destress, which can negatively impact the quality of their rest.


By recognizing these detrimental habits and consciously prioritizing quality sleep, individuals and families improve their overall well-being, which causes a positive domino effect in all aspects of life.

The Vital Stages of Sleep

Walker's research highlights two distinct aspects of sleep: Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) and Rapid Eye Movement (REM). Each phase offers unique advantages that contribute to our daily work performance and mental wellness. The only way to progress through these stages is by getting sufficient, uninterrupted sleep.


During NREM sleep, our bodies undergo essential physical recovery processes. This phase allows us to recuperate from daily stress and heal physically, which are critical for bolstering our immune systems. Prioritizing NREM sleep can also help prevent the dangers that can be associated with performing daily tasks when drowsy, such as driving. 


On the other hand, REM sleep plays a crucial role in learning and memory. This phase is responsible for improving recall and memory consolidation, vital for professionals seeking to excel in their careers. REM sleep is particularly beneficial for athletes, as it aids in motor learning and skill development.


Without completing both stages of sleep, we do not give our bodies the chance to restore and regenerate for another day.

Tips to Fully Progress through Sleep Stages for a Deep Restorative Rest

To truly harness the power of sleep, Matt Walker emphasizes that improving our sleep habits begins with making these changes in our daily routines and surroundings--

Establish a consistent pattern by going to bed and waking up regularly

This helps regulate our internal body clock, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up feeling refreshed. Additionally, it's essential to eliminate coffee consumption in the afternoon, as caffeine can interfere with our ability to fall asleep later in the evening.


Eat lighter meals during evenings

Heavy meals force the body to focus on digestion rather than restorative processes during sleep. Opting for lighter meals in the evening can allow our bodies to fully rest and recover.


Set devices at least one hour before bedtime to significantly improve sleep quality.

The blue light emitted from screens disrupts our natural sleep patterns, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Creating a screen-free buffer zone before bed allows our minds to wind down and prepare for a restful night.


By applying these changes in our evening routines, every family member can set themselves up for success. A well-rested dad can experience increased productivity at work, better stress management, and improved decision-making, thanks to the cognitive enhancements provided by REM and NREM sleep. 


Meanwhile, a mom who prioritizes sleep can become a true super-mom, juggling various tasks, work, and family responsibilities without feeling frazzled, all due to the restorative power of NREM sleep. 


Children who get enough quality sleep are more focused and attentive during online classes, perform better academically, and are generally less irritable. This can be attributed to the benefits of REM sleep on memory consolidation and learning. 


To create sleep habits that last, we must change our routine and our sleep environment. Linen & Homes was born from our founders' experience of enjoying restful sleep during their honeymoon. They were inspired by the level of comfort they experienced and wanted to create products that prioritize customers' sleep without breaking the bank. By offering high-quality bedding and sleep accessories at affordable prices, we aim to help people transform their bedrooms into havens of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Here are our soft, ultra-plush, and breathable sleep essentials to help you transform your bedroom into a sleep-conducive environment:


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Investing in Linen & Homes products can elevate your sleep experience and create an environment that supports healthy sleep habits. With better comfort and temperature control in your bedroom, you'll be well on your way to unlocking the full potential of sleep as a superpower.