Uratex Mattresses & Foam

Slumber essentials
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Premium mattress & foam brand Uratex celebrated World Sleep Day with a forum extolling the virtues of good sleep at their plushy showroom inside the RONAC Art Center in Greenhills, Simply dubbed “Good Sleep, Healthy Aging,” the timely event featured two sleep medicine specialists, Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong Jr. and Dr. Deborah Bernardo, who pinpointed the factors that affect one’s slumber patterns.
Just like the rest of the world, many Filipinos also suffer from sleep problems. Their conditions are no different from all other races and ethnic origins. That’s why Uratex, a brand known for making quality foams & mattresses, continues its advocacy in helping Filipinos get that good sleep by coming up with superior bed products.
“We have product lines that address different profiles and requirements. We sleep like when we stand so a very soft mattress actually makes us slouch. And sleeping distractions can cause bodily aches. So it is advisable that you take time and test the mattress you bring home,” stressed out marketing manager Dindo Medina.
According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), approximately 50 per cent of older adults report difficulty in sleeping. But sleep problems in older adults are less a result of aging itself and are more related to other conditions that may accompany the aging process.
These conditions include respiratory disorders, changes in sleep cycles or rhythms, medical & psychiatric illnesses, and increased medicine use. These may result to sleeping disturbances that would eventually lead to a lesser quality of life, depression & anxiety, slower reaction time, memory problems, issues with balance & vision, increasing risk of falls, and even death!
“Sleep is a function of the brain and functions for the brain. This function allows us energy conservation, time for growth and repair, organization & processing of inputs, helps in boosting the immune system and preserves beauty; because wrinkles are the result of gravity on our bodies,” informed Dr. Deborah Bernanrdo, head of the Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center as well as chief of the Neurology Section of St. Luke’s Medical Center (QC), who said she was a neurologist first before she became a sleep expert.
“Although adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day, sleep quality is more important than quantity. When we have poor quality sleep, we will most likely experience lack of concentration the morning after. This is what accounts for most driving accidents. For obese and diabetic persons, this could lead to strokes and heart attacks. Cancer, on the other hand, can come from sleep deprivation.
“To get the best sleeping conditions, use comfortable and inviting beddings. Find the right temperature settings and make your room well-ventilated. Your sleeping quarters must be quiet as possible. It is also important that you establish a regular sleeping-and-waking pattern. For those who catnap during siesta hours, don’t exceed 45 minutes of daytime snooze. Naps are best taken lying down than sitting. Avoid coffee, soda and chocolates 6 hours before going to bed, and refrain from alcohol 4 hours before calling it a night,” she added.
In the US alone, insomnia costs billions of dollars in health spending. Forty-five per cent of people worldwide experience wakefulness yet only a third seek professional help.
“How many people actually schedule sleep on their calendars? We live better when we sleep better. Most people are sleep deprived; shortening their hours of rest. One in every 10 shift workers experience sleeping problems. A good mattress for sleeping is dependent on very personal factors; especially on a bedmate or the lack of it,” intoned Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong Jr, a professor of Medicine at the National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. He has authored and edited several books on sleep medicine and pulmonary medicine. A graduate of the University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial medical center, he is the chief medical liaison at Philips Respironics and a member of various sleep associations in the US.
“Irregular sleep patterns could be sleep apnia. Bodily vibrations while snoring may damage or injure the carotid pulse in the neck. Somnambulism, or sleep walking, is a neurological condition that carries some psychological issues like stress, fever, lack of sleep, or the effects of certain drugs.
“Avoid distractions like sound and direct light. Sleeping pills are useful only for short-term insomnia treatment of 2-3 weeks. It is not advisable for a long period of time. The earlier the diagnosis & treatment, the better,” apprized Dr. Lee-Chiong Jr.
The intimate press confab was part of Uratex’s support to a major sleep symposia mounted by the Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine in the country. The two resource persons advised how Filipinos can get their good night’s sleep as well as several other ways in order to achieve a good sleep regardless of their age, and benefit from it to live healthier lives. For more information on superior bed products and other sleep solutions, simply visit their Web site, www.uratex.com.ph and/or call the consumer hotline 888-6800.


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