Resolve to Sleep Better in 2013
When people consider their New Year’s resolution, they probably rarely consider one that includes purchasing the best mattress as part of the deal. But, as people around the world welcome 2013, they are making promises to themselves to live a healthier lifestyle and part of that is making sure that they sleep better during the New Year. Recent studies indicate mattress condition and quality play a big role in sleep quality, so a new mattress may be just what the sandman ordered.
While the mattress is definitely an important part of appropriate sleep hygiene, there are a number of other things that can also help you reach your resolution of sleeping better in 2013. Here are a few tips to follow to get you on the right path of sleeping your very best.
Find the Best Mattress for You
Finding the best mattress for your lifestyle may seem like a no brainer for many people. Believe it or not, there are a number of people who do not get adequate support or comfort from their current mattress. This often manifests itself as back and joint pain, tossing and turning, and restless nights. In the new year, consider trying out a new model, style, or even size of mattress to better support your body.
Tips for Getting the Best Mattress
Memory foam is consistently ranked as the best mattress for comfort, though all specialty mattresses including latex rate above innersprings. There are a number of types of mattresses in the market that are better designed for specific needs, so if you are still sleeping on metal springs it may be time to look elsewhere as the old standby may not be the best mattress for your needs. Consider any current problems that you may have when trying to fall asleep; all of the following are signs it’s time to buy a new mattress:
- Does your mattress feel uncomfortable?
- Is there visible wear, such as stains, odors, broken springs, or large indentations?
- Do you experience a lot of back, hip, shoulder or neck pain?
- Do you toss and turn a lot at night?
- Has it been more the 5 years since you last bought your mattress (or 10-15 years for quality foam beds)?
Once you have decided that you may need a new mattress there are other steps you should follow to ensure you get the best mattress available. You should thoroughly research the market and specific mattresses in order to distinguish which one will prove the best mattress for your needs. Top concerns include longevity and warranty, comfort level, material composition, and mattress size. One of our favorites for memory foam is Amerisleep’s line of plant-based memory foam mattresses. Consumer reviews, retailer websites, and even friends and family can also provide suggestions and aid your research. Your ability to sleep better and longer depends on whether or not your mattress really suits you.
Kick Bad Sleep Habits
In our modern world, people tend to develop a lot of really bad sleep habits that have undesirable consequences. One of the most common things that many people like to do is watch television in bed. While this may seem like a great way to unwind after a stressful day, it can actually make you put off sleeping for longer. You should also avoid taking your cell phone to bed with you. Many people use their cell phones as alarm clocks and even weather updates, but cell phones can actually keep you awake because it makes you susceptible to sleep-stealing interruptions and distractions. Laptops are another no-no for the bedroom. You may think that checking your email will only take a few minutes, but three hours of YouTube later you will be missing out on much needed sleep. Other bad habits before bedtime that you should stomp out are eating late, drinking alcohol or caffeine close to time for you to sleep, and heavy exercise before bed.
Being comfortable in bed is a really important part of your sleep pattern. You should include things in your sleep environment that help you to fall asleep. That may mean investing in some great curtains and shades to keep out light, playing soft music or white noise to drown out unwanted noises from neighbors or traffic, or it may just mean having a clean, organized bedroom. Whatever makes you feel the most relaxed during bedtime should be what you do to make sure that you are falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer.
Make Yourself a “Sleep Better” Plan
These tips are very simple because falling asleep shouldn’t be hard. We often tend to over-complicate our bedrooms with unnecessary gadgets that serve to amp up stress or further distract us. Sticking to the basics and focusing on comfort should take priority. Create a plan that outlines all of the steps you will take to start sleeping better and start sticking to it!
Sleeping better will lead to a healthier lifestyle in many ways. Having enough rest ensure that you are focused and alert throughout the day which ultimately influences how well you perform at work or school, and in social relationships. Sleeping enough also makes sure that your immune system is in better shape so that you are not as prone to get illnesses and stress disorders. Having enough rest is essential to your overall well-being. Incorporating a few or all of these tips for sleep hygiene and getting the best mattress will get you well on your way to reaching your New Year’s resolution of sleeping better in 2013.
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