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September 04, 2015

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An Inside Look at How to Find Your Best Mattress Set

and Its Impact on Your Health and Wellness

 

When you consider that one-third of your life is spent sleeping, the importance of choosing the right mattress is undeniable. Sleep is essential for everyone, and lack of it can lead to serious health issues including depression, weight gain and heart disease.

Understanding Sleep Deficits 

Sleep affects all aspects of our lives, including the way we think, eat, learn, work, react, and relate to other people. Too little sleep can have harmful physical effects. Chronic sleep deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. Your body uses sleep to repair and heal your heart and blood vessels, to regulate hormones that control growth and hunger, and to keep your immune system working properly. Getting good, quality sleep helps keep your mind sharp and your body functioning at optimal levels. Having a good, quality mattress that is comfortable and provides good support is a key step in getting a healthy night’s sleep.

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Finding Your Best Sleep Set

With so many choices available when selecting a mattress, how do you know which is best? Ultimately, your choice should be guided by these considerations:

Comfort. Lie down on the mattress and test it for comfort. Mattresses today are made from innovative materials that provide a wide range of plushness and firmness options.

Support. It should comfortably support all parts of your body, especially your shoulders, hips and lower back.

Durability. Make sure the materials are of good quality and the mattress set appears to be well constructed.

Size. There should be plenty of room for you to move around while sleeping. Take into consideration your room size, and if possible, bring your sleep partner with you while you shop.

How Much Sleep is Enough?

Age Recommended Amount
Newborns ___________________16-18 hours/day
Preschool-aged children ________ 11-12 hours/day
School-aged children ___________At least 10 hours/day
Teens _______________________9-10 hours/day
Adults (all ages) _______________7-8 hours/day

After several nights of losing sleep—even a loss of just 1–2 hours per night—your ability to function suffers as if you haven’t slept at all for a day or two. Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Once you turn in for the night, you expect to fall asleep and wake up refreshed the next morning. But it doesn’t always happen that way. You toss and turn, lie awake, checking the clock, waiting for sleep to come

How can you get a good night’s sleep? In addition to sleeping on a quality mattress set, use these tips to help you catch your Zzzs.

  • Keep your bedroom clean and organized (clutter is distracting)
  • Keep computers, televisions and tablets out of the bedroom. The light they emit tells your brain it’s time to wake up
  • Set a bedtime schedule and stick to – it, even on weekends
  • Don’t go to bed hungry (or to full) and avoid alcohol and caffeine several hours before bedtime
  • Set your thermostat for 67 degrees – the ideal sleeping temperature, if you’re chilly use a blanket instead of turning up the heat.

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BENEFITS OF QUALITY SLEEP

Clear Thinking

Quicker Reflexes

Better Focus

Stronger Immune System

Better Cardiovascular Health



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