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Everything you need to know about being a Heavy Sleeper or a Light Sleeper.

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Some sleepers, get disturbed by the slightest of noises. The siren of a passing ambulance doesn’t disturb the slumber of some others. Just why, though, remains a bit of a mystery. Although many people are self-proclaimed light sleepers or heavy sleepers, researchers have found that little is actually known about why people react differently to noises and other stimuli during sleep. Genetics, lifestyle choices, and undiagnosed sleep disorders may all play a role. In addition, some studies suggest that differences in brainwave activity during sleep may also make someone a light or heavy sleeper.

Whether you’re a heavy sleeper or a light sleeper, one thing is certain; quality of sleep can have a massive impact on your health. The reason some people can sleep through anything while others wake up at the slightest noise seems to be due to differences in the brain.

The key to who’s a light sleeper vs a deep sleeper is a kind of brain activity known as “sleep spindles.” These spindles are basically brain-generated spikes of electrical noise that function to cancel out external input, helping you sleep better. Essentially, the more sleep spindles you have during sleep, the better you sleep at night.

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Lifestyle choices are generally the deciding factors for quality of sleep. As we’ve mentioned before, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and going easy on the caffeine and alcohol all contribute to better sleep at night.

That being said, we do wake up often in the night, and it has been recorded that only 47% of our awakenings are actually remembered the next day. That is why it is important to minimize noises, disturbances, and have a mattress that perfectly suits your sleeping style. An overly soft mattress might seem comfortable to sleep in for the first few days, but over time, you may develop back pain, resulting in you waking up multiple times at night. Similarly, an overly firm mattress can result in you tossing and turning at night, again disturbing your quality of sleep. Sleepkraft’s comprehensive range of mattresses offers something for every taste, and you’re bound to find something that suits your taste and sleep style. Additionally, a noise-canceling device, such as a fan or a white noise machine, can blank out erratic sounds. If you can only fall asleep with the television on, researchers recommend putting the TV on a timer, as the TV can later disturb sleep even if you never remember it. Sleepkraft’s belief in kraftsmanship extends way beyond just materials and mattress thicknesses. We put substantial thought into the way different materials react with each other, and the way the body rests while sleeping. All of this is done to make sure you have the best sleep possible, every night.

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