We all know sleep is foundational for a healthy life, but many of us still struggle to bank the recommended eight hours of rest on a daily basis.

While most of us can tolerate tossing and turning, the consequences for skimping on sleep span far beyond feeling groggy or needing an extra cup of coffee in the morning.

When we're asleep, our brains shift to a state where they remove toxic byproducts of neural activity produced during the day.

However, researchers have found that with persistently poor sleep, our brains kick this behavior up a notch, removing a significant amount of neurons and synaptic connections. What's more, catching up on sleep later might not be enough to fix the damage.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, too.

"Extended or chronic sleep loss can cause more serious health problems such has high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and heart failure," says Adam Tishman, co-founder of Helix, a company that specializes in producing custom mattresses.

"Lack of sleep can also affect your short-term and long-term appearance," adds Tishman.

That said, it's in your brain's and appearance's best interest to not only make more time for rest but also ensure that your time spent in bed is filled with quality, consistent sleep.

To this end, we're our ScienceAlert deal this week is custom mattresses from Helix to help you get that perfect night sleep.

From our sleep positions to our body types and even our sleep temperatures, there are a myriad of different factors that go into creating your uniquely ideal sleep experience.

Helix understands this, and they engineer their mattresses with three premium materials: Helix Dynamic Foam, High-Grade Polyfoam, and Pocketed Microcoils.

Through shifting the densities of the materials as well as their order in the mattress, Helix delivers a level of optimized comfort and customization that runs for a third of the cost of traditional retail.

This has resulted in Helix customers reporting a 36 percent increase in sleep quality over their old mattress.

What's more, Helix also offers customers a 100-day sleep trial to ensure they're getting the most out of their new purchase as well as a 10-year warranty.

If you're looking to improve your mental and physical health today, you can start by customizing your own Helix mattress here.

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