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Many of us don’t spend much time thinking about our posture when sleeping, but it turns out that our sleep position can greatly affect our daytime wellness, as well as our appearance.  When you sleep in positions that align the skeleton, you fall asleep faster, improve the length and quality of your sleep, and most importantly increase REM sleep and the associated benefits. Here are a few side effects associated with a lack of zzz’s.

Immunity

  • Vaccines are designed to trick your body into creating antibodies that provide immunity to a particular disease or infection. But exhaustion compromises the immune system, so your body doesn’t produce adequate antibodies making the vaccine less likely to do its job.

Youthful appearance

  • During deep sleep, a secretion of natural growth hormone helps repair and rebuild body tissues like muscle and bone.  That same growth hormone stimulates collagen formation, which helps prevent skin sagging and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
  • Hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth can all be affected by lack of sleep. Blood flow which increases when you are in a deep sleep, stimulates hair follicles and overall hair health. Moreover, lack of sleep can also lead to more stress, resulting in higher levels of cortisol, which can cause you to lose hair.

Heightened Blood Pressure

  • Sleep loss stresses out your body and mind in a way that causes your blood pressure to spike. Lack of sleep over an extended period of time can damage your heart, arteries, kidneys, and even bring about stroke and loss of vision.

So, how do you make sure to get a good night’s sleep? For one, invest in a good pillow. BackJoy, the posture experts, have created the only patented pillow that self-adjusts to support optimal sleeping posture. Whether you are a back or side sleeper, the SleepSound Pillow self-adjusts to you, supporting your head and neck in proper posture alignment throughout the night.

Sweet dreams!