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How to Get Good Sleep

How to Get Good Sleep – Choosing the Right Mattress

Let’s face it, we’re all individuals with our own quirks and eccentricities, features and personality traits. And just as one person’s food tastes can differ from the next person’s, and our taste in clothes is another person’s idea of a fashion faux pas, when it comes to choosing a mattress, we are all looking for different things.

It is commonly thought that we should change our mattresses every eight years but as life has a habit of throwing the unexpected our way, don’t just assume that what was good for you last time is okay for you now. The ageing process, injuries, pregnancy and more can mean that what was once a mattress that you craved getting into bed for is now the equivalent of sleeping on a bed of nails. And as we spend almost a third of our lives asleep, assured comfort is very obviously a must.

What to Look For

So what mattresses should we be looking for based on not just personal preference, but also our go-to sleeping position?

If you sleep on your side, the pressure will naturally be put on certain parts of the body, being the ear, shoulder, elbow, hip, thigh, leg and heel. Mattresses that provide support yet are soft enough to alleviate pressure on the body are the perfect compromise for side sleepers, eliminating the need to wake in the night to readjust position.

For those who sleep on their back, it is thought that your spine is at its most naturally aligned, and as you are not sleeping on the face, can also help minimise wrinkles! The pressure points here are the back of the head, shoulder, elbow, buttocks and heels and in order to keep the sleep position at its optimum, a firm mattress such as an orthopaedic will ensure a good night’s rest.

Uncomfortable as it can look, those who sleep on the front are less likely to be a snorer! Pressure points are the elbow, rib cage, thigh, knees and toes, and as the front sleeper is risking their spine being in an unnatural position, again a firm mattress is recommended. Comfort is highly important, and when it comes to trying out a mattress, lying on your front to see if it suits is the only way to tell how you will feel at bedtime.

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  • Can a mattress affect the quality of your sleep and overall health?
  • Do you wake up feeling unrested?
  • Do you find yourself having to sleep on a particular spot in your mattress to get quality sleep?
  • Is your mattress making too many sounds when you move around or can you sense lumps and sagging in your mattress?
  • If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then your mattress is robbing you of quality sleep
  • Quality sleep is a crucial aspect of a healthy existence – you deserve a good night’s rest and your mattress has more to do with that than you might think
  • A mattress that does not properly support the lumbar region can adversely affect your health and overall wellbeing, no matter how many hours you spend sleeping
  • What qualifies as the perfect mattress? Since our bodies are engineered differently, a good way to determine this is by “test driving” the mattress you want to buy for at least 20 minutes
  • A new bed base along with a brand new back-friendly mattress can set you on the path to long-term wellbeing and quality sleep; a mattress performs at its best when placed on a new and good-quality bed base

How the Right Mattress Affects Sleep Quality – Interesting Facts and Stats

  • 62% of adults in the U.S. struggle with sleep several times a week; over 100 million Americans suffer from either sleep apnea, insomnia or restless leg syndrome; and 29% of adults report getting 6 hours or less of sleep a night, which is two hours less than what is healthy
  • Billions are lost to employers from suffering productivity due to lack of sleep
  • Over 40,000 car accidents occur annually from drivers falling asleep at the wheel
  • You spend about a third of every day in bed. Whether that time is spent blissfully slumbering – or tossing and turning – depends a lot on your mattress
  • One way that your mattress affects your sleep has to do with the network of fine blood vessels, called capillaries, that runs underneath your skin
  • When you lie on any part of your body for an extended period of time, the weight exerted on it reduces the flow of blood through those blood vessels, which deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients
  • This causes nerve cells and pain sensors in your skin to send a message to your brain for you to roll over. Rolling over restores blood flow to the area, but it also briefly interrupts your sleep.
  • Ideally, a mattress that reduces the pressure points on your body should give you a better night’s sleep
  • The National Sleep Foundation found that 92 percent of people say a comfortable mattress is important to a good night’s sleep
  • The wrong mattress — or the mattress that’s simply too old — can be the cause of more than that crick in your neck or your low back pain
  • Sleep deprivation can affect how your face looks – redder eyes, dark circles, wrinkles, droopy eyelids, and generally a more weary and sad look, as opposed to someone who is getting regular quality sleep
  • In order to continue to grow in health and happiness, adjusting the way you sleep and taking care of yourself at night really does impact your life in fantastic ways
  • A mass study using 128 subjects sleeping on 7 different kinds of mattresses for 4 weeks each, showed how much a good mattress can really improve the sleep of the user

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