Sleep is one of our most basic needs, right up there with food and water. And the lack of sleep causes a range of problems, from minor ones to loss of concentration that can lead to accidents and disaster. A good night’s sleep depends on a good mattress, though the definition of a good mattress varies from person to person. Depending on your preferences and health, you may need a mattress for a bad back, a pressure relieving mattress or a double sided mattress.
What kind of mattress is right for you?
Luxury mattresses come in a wide range of designs, and the amount of choice can be bewildering. There are top foam mattresses that allow you to control the softness or hardness of the bed, as well as its temperature. Double sided mattresses have a traditional design, needing to be turned over regularly in order to maintain their shape.
There are other choices to be made, like double sided mattresses versus single sided, and foam versus coil. Some types like pressure relieving mattresses are good for those with back pain or other chronic conditions.
When choosing a mattress, it’s a good idea to take your time and test the mattress you want to buy. You should sit on it, and even lie down to see how it feels. It might feel embarrassing, but everyone in the store will be doing the same.
Tips for a good night’s sleep
As well as getting a good mattress, there are a few other simple things you can do ensure a restful night. The most important for getting a good night’s sleep is to have a regular schedule, going to bed and waking up at fixed times. This literally schools your body and your system to fall asleep and wake up at the regular time.
A calm sleeping area, separate from your work, tv and other distractions also helps, as does a hot drink at bedtime. Hot milk with cinnamon, hot chocolate or camomile tea are favorites to try. For some people, soothing and familiar music can help them to fall asleep quickly.
The dangers of insomnia and sleep deprivation
Insomnia and sleep deprivation are very common along American adults, with more than half reporting that they don’t get enough sleep. About 50 to 70 million suffer from some kind of sleep disorder, with insomnia being the most common.
Lack of sleep leads to difficulty in concentrating and increases stress levels. People who don’t get enough sleep report nodding off during the day. Depending on where they are at the time, this could be amusing or dangerous.
A quality mattress is the single thing that can make a difference to your rest. Whether you choose a box frame or a double sided mattress, a good mattress will give you nights of restful sleep for many, many years.