It’s one of the worst sounds known to mankind.
Especially if you struggle to get a good night’s sleep.
You’ve just drifted off into the land of nod, are nicely relaxed and all of a sudden ARGGGHHH!!
That horrible noise kills all that deep sleepy loveliness and jolts you into another day.
But our sleep is controlled by a much stronger timepiece than that dreaded clock (or nowadays iPhone) sitting on your bedside table.
We each have our own internal body clock known as our circadian rhythm.
It’s that 24-hour clock controlled by your brain that controls when we sleep and when we are awake. The sleep/wake cycle.
It also explains patterns in human behaviour. For instance, why we often feel drowsy after lunch – and hit a wall in the afternoon (which many of us solve by reaching for the biscuit tin!)
As with everything, it’s our brains that control this function. To be very clever and informative, it’s actually a part called the hypothalamus.
It sends signals to the cerebral cortex in the brain via chemical neurotransmitters to wake us up.
When it’s time to catch some zzzs the same portion of our grey matter inhibits brain activity and helps us to drift off.
Clever stuff eh?
The majority of adults will feel their biggest energy dip in the very early hours – around 2-4am.
This can vary if you are a natural night owl or one of those annoyingly cheerful morning people!
This circadian rhythm works best when you establish a pattern of behaviour including regular sleep habits and can quickly be thrown off kilter by things including irregular hours, stress and jetlag.
If you work shifts it can take a lot of adjusting to and means your sleep patterns are likely to be affected until you establish a routine.
Here at Sleeptight beds we never compromise on sleep and neither should you.
We know that there’s more to buying a bed than ‘one-size-fits-all,’ everybody is an individual with different needs, health matters and sleep patterns. Come and see us in store, speak to us and let us find the perfect bed or mattress for you, so we can all dream the same dream of a perfect night’s sleep every night.