Sleep – it’s hugely important, as we all know. Sleep is what keeps us going. It’s what keeps us happy and healthy. If you’ve ever gone too long without sleep, you know the effect that it can have on your mood as well as your overall productivity and brain function. Sleep is what helps our brains to develop when we are young children, and toddlers and small kids need as much as twelve to fourteen hours of sleep in just one day. Newborn babies sleep more than they’re awake! And even as an adult, though you certainly don’t need nearly as much sleep as a new baby, sleep is important, as is the quality of sleep that you get.
If you are having trouble sleeping or waking up still not feeling rested, it is important to examine all of your sleep habits. For instance, one easy change is to eliminate the use of all electronics in the half hour before you go to sleep, as the blue light emitted from phone screens, laptop screen, and TV screens has been found to inhibit restful sleep. It is also important, if you are having difficulty sleeping, that you limit your use of the bedroom to actual sleep. This means you need to eliminate eating in bed, working from bed, and spending leisure time in bed, as these activities create associations that are not conducive to easy sleep. In fact, if you take longer than fifteen minutes to fall asleep, it may be time to reevaluate your sleep habits and patterns.
The problem may also be your mattress. If your mattress is more than five years old, it may be time to shop around in a mattress store for a new one, as an old mattress can become lumpy and uncomfortable, as well as dirty (filled with dust and dust mites that are difficult if not impossible to get out). An old mattress can also result in poor sleep due to a lack of comfort. The typical adult should get at least nine hours of sleep in one night but certainly not considerably less, and an uncomfortable mattress can greatly inhibit this.
And getting enough sleep can be hugely beneficial. It can increase your productivity the next day, according to more than sixty percent of surveyed adults in the United States, and more than eighty percent of such adults feel that getting even just one additional hour of sleep can be hugely beneficial to how they feel, work, and act the next day after. In order to get more sleeping, getting a new mattress and shopping around in a local mattress store can be the solution.
It is important to weigh all of your options when looking for a new mattress, which often means exploring different mattresses in a mattress store in your neighborhood. There are so many options in mattresses today, from the size – twin, full, queen, or king – to the materials used to make the mattress. More and more mattress stores (if not all mattress stores) now carry at least one tempur pedic mattress. A tempur mattress can be ideal for those who suffer pain while they are sleeping, as the mattress conforms to each part of the body for ideal levels of comfort difficult to find in some of the other types of widely commercially available mattresses currently offered in a mattress store.
Reading mattress reviews is another good way to get an idea of what having a particular type of mattress will be like. Though it is important to see each mattress in person for yourself, to test it out and feel its levels of comfort (as comfort can be subjective – some people like firmer mattresses while others prefer softer varieties), reading mattress reviews can help you to weed out the ones that are guaranteed to be less than satisfying.
Buying a new mattress and shopping around a mattress store is an exciting experience for many, especially when it comes with the promise of better sleep and, subsequently, better days. However, as before any purchase, it is important to thoroughly do your research and weigh your options.