The conditions in your bedroom that promote sleep can have a huge impact on how refreshed you wake up each day. Many people give little thought to their sleep environment unless they encounter trouble sleeping but everyone could benefit from upgrading their bedrooms to encourage a good night’s sleep.
- Eliminate Distractions
Trying to sleep in a cluttered room can cause feelings of anxiety that could prevent quality sleep. You don’t need a reminder of all the things on your to-do list as you try to fall asleep at night. Speaking of distractions, it may also be beneficial to remove computers, TV’s and other electronic devises from your bedroom sanctuary as well.
- Create The Right Noise
Even the quietest noise can keep you from sleeping; such as a leaking faucet, music playing in another room or the neighbor’s barking dog. But sleeping in complete silence might not be the answer either. Studies have shown that an absence of familiar noise might also make sleep difficult. That’s one of the reasons we have trouble sleeping away from home. Add “white noise” like the sound of a fan running to block annoying sounds and create a soothing sound to sleep to.
- Balance The Temperature
It is thought that temperatures above 75 and below 54 Fahrenheit can keep you from sleeping comfortably. Make sure to balance the temperature in your bedroom and encourage good airflow. Most people find they sleep best at temperatures below 70 degrees.
- Know Your Bed
An uncomfortable bed, a lumpy mattress or a squeaky bed frame can make it hard to fall asleep and make sure you wake up feeling every ache and pain. You should change your mattress around every 8 years or so, have comfortable sheets and a strong frame.
- Adjust The Lighting
Light from a flickering TV set, filtering in from another room or streaming in from your window too early in the morning can be a real sleep-buster. Turn off the TV or other devices giving off too much light and invest in some room darkening shades to keep your room darker longer in the morning. Even the light from clocks has been show to affect sleep!
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It is easy to tell when it’s time to replace your air conditioner because it no longer blows out cold air, but how do you know when it’s time to get a new mattress? Your old mattress doesn’t simply stop working, so how can you be sure?
The longevity of your mattress is dependent upon the mattress type, frequency of usage, climatic conditions and a variety of other factors. Since you can’t rely on time alone, here are five signs to look out for that could help you determine if a new mattress is needed.
1. You wake up with new aches and pains each morning
A mattress that is past its expiration date will be uncomfortable to sleep on, and you may find yourself waking up feeling stiff, achy or even numb. If you wake up each morning with increased back and neck pain then it might be time for a new mattress.
2. You can get a better night’s sleep anywhere other than your bed
If you find yourself heading to the couch to get a good night’s sleep or wake up from a trip away from home incredibly refreshed then this too could be a sign that your own mattress is shot. You should sleep best in your own bed. If you don’t, it might be time for a new one!
3. Your mattress is visibly worn out
A truly worn out mattress might have a large dip in the middle, be discolored or even have exposed springs or worn material. If your mattress is looking like it’s been handed down through the generations, you might be in need of a shopping trip!
4. You can’t stop sneezing at night
Mattresses collect dust and allergens over time. If your mattress is getting old you might find yourself coughing and sneezing throughout the night, thereby limiting your restful sleep. Anyone with asthma problems might need a new mattress more frequently than other people.
5. Your mattress is over 7 years old
While there is no set expiration date for your mattress, many only last around seven years. If your mattress is beyond seven years old and you are also experiencing one or more of the other signals listed above, then you should probably get a replacement soon.
If you are in the market for a new mattress and need additional assistance to purchase one, please don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Bedding Experts. We’d be more than happy to pair you with a mattress that will restore your good night’s sleep!
If you see yourself as a night owl or are so busy that you often stay up late working on your to-do list, you might be surprised at just now damaging lack of sleep can be to your brain and your body. Your body needs to rest and reset each night, and eight hours of uninterrupted sleep just can’t be beaten.
Here are our top five reasons you should be getting more sleep:
Reduce Stress and Improve Your Mood
Your body really needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and if we lack quality sleep for a period of time it can actually change your personality. A lack of sleep can cause anxiety, irritability, mood swings and even feelings of aggression. Hitting the pillow a little earlier each night can help you relax and avoid health related problems associated with stress and anxiety. The improvement in your usual grumpy sleep-deprived mood can also reflect positively on your relationships as well.
Avoid Obesity or Aid Weight Loss
Many experts have linked poor sleep to obesity. Although the jury is still out on exactly why this is, many doctors and scientists have suggested that it has to do with the way sleep interruptions change your appetite and metabolism.
Improve Memory and Learn Faster
Being tired is bad for your short-term memory and makes it difficult to concentrate. People with poor sleep habits report feeling “foggy” and often forgetting names, dates or other information. Improving your concentration will also help you learn new information and retain it faster, improving your school and work performance.
Boost Immunity and be Healthier Overall
Getting enough sleep will help strengthen your immune system, leading to less sick days and more productivity! Additionally, by reducing your stress with a good night’s sleep, you will also avoid health issues like heart disease and high blood pressure.
Reduce Chronic Pain and Inflammation
In addition to getting less colds and lowering your blood pressure, sleep can also help you heal faster from injury and reduce pain-causing inflammation. Making sure to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night can lead to a more comfortable and more productive life!
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Along with joy and anticipation, the physical and hormonal changes of pregnancy can bring stress and sleepless nights for many women. No matter what stage of pregnancy you are in, there are sleep obstacles to overcome. Everyone, and every pregnancy, is different, but there are some sleep tips that seem to do the trick for most people.
The most common sleep obstacles for pregnant women are:
Frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the night
Physical and Emotional stress
Leg cramps & soreness
Discomfort of growing belly
If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep then this lack of sleep will start to takes its toll with each passing day, leaving you exhausted. This isn’t good for you or your growing baby. Therefore, it will become important to find some ways to make sure you get enough peaceful sleep. Here are a five tips to help you get started:
To combat the middle of the night trips to the bathroom, make sure to hydrate earlier in the day as much as possible and avoid drinking too much a few hours before bedtime. As your baby grows larger, however, one or two midnight bathroom breaks might become unavoidable.
Tame heartburn by cutting out spicy and acidic foods as much as possible. Stay hydrated and eat at least 1-2 hours before you lay down. Towards the end of your pregnancy, you might want to sleep slightly elevated. An adjustable bed is ideal for this and may also help with elevating sore feet/legs, but pillows do the trick. Some women even sleep in a recliner to get the right elevation, especially if heartburn is at its worst.
Take the time to set up and follow a nightly routine that helps relax your body and mind before going to bed. You could include soft music, aromatherapy, lotion, warm baths or anything else you find soothing. Just think about what helps you relax and talk about it with your partner and family, then make it a habit!
Some people find that exercise relieves stress and helps them sleep better at night. Follow your doctor’s orders on what are the best exercises for you during each stage of your pregnancy. Try to avoid exercising right before bed however, as this may keep you up also.
While pregnant, the optimal sleep position is to lie on your left side. This helps blood flow, and many pregnant women find it very comfortable. Support your head and neck with a lot of pillows to help you breathe better and keep heartburn at bay. Support your legs, back and belly with a body pillow. A great pillow to use is the Tempur-Pedic body pillow which custom forms itself to your body during use.
If you still find it difficult to get enough rest at night, try taking a short nap (30 min.) during the day. Soon enough your baby will be here, and sleeping will become a luxury! Enjoy this time and get plenty of sleep.
If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain, you know just how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep. Being in pain, in general, is enough to keep you awake, but back and neck pain can be especially difficult to sleep with. Your sleep position, pillows and mattress type can all have an impact on how well you sleep and how rested you feel upon awakening. If you’ve tried everything else, including seeking help from a physician, to alleviate your back and neck pain, it might be time to try a new mattress.
Are firmer mattresses better for back pain?
The short answer is no. If a hard mattress is uncomfortable, then it’s generally not relaxing the muscle of our back and provide the necessary support. Many people wrongly believe that “extra firm mattresses” are the best mattress choices for chronic back pain. There is even an old wives tale that suggests sleeping flat on the floor is best for men with bad backs. In reality, an extra firm mattress is too firm for the average sleeper and may cause circulation issues and not properly support the curves of the human body in different sleep positions. Generally, a medium firmness is best to provide comfort and support to the curve of the human body in all of the positions we sleep in. Also, extra soft mattresses may cause a hammock affect, bowing instead of providing a neutral position to sleep in.
If someone is exclusively a back or stomach sleeper and like a hard mattress, then an extra firm mattress may be best. If someone is exclusively a fetal position sleeper and loves the extra soft feel, then an extra soft pillowtop mattress may be best. Otherwise, choose one with an in-between feel!
Have any scientific studies shown a mattress that is best for back pain?
Not exactly. The only company that has completed large-scale, scientific studies about their mattresses is Tempur-Pedic. Tempur-Pedic mattresses & adjustable beds have been shown to have a very high owner satisfaction rating. 94% of owners say they’re satisfied over-all with their Tempur-Pedic mattress (Blackstone 2011) and when compared to other companies it is very high indeed. Additionally, Tempur-Pedic mattresses include a trial period to test the mattress at The Bedding Experts. Other companies make ridiculous, unbelievable statements about their products solving back problems, none of which are backed by a real scientific study. Sleep Number, for example, claims that ‘93% experience back pain relief.’ This claim, used today in Sleep Number advertising, is based on a 1996 study of 30 individuals who were provided a Sleep Number adjustable bed to replace their coil mattress. The researchers reported “that most patients with chronic non-specific back pain will have improved sleep on the [Select Comfort] adjustable bed.” The Sleep Number Beds claims are misleading in the least. So, is there a scientific study that shows a mattress is the best for helping back pain? No, but some mattresses help people sleep better overall, including those with back pain. It’s about finding the one that is comfortable for you that provides pressure relief, support, and is durable.
What mattress types does Bedding Experts recommend for people with back pain?
Firstly, we recommend consulting with a physician about any back related issues before thinking that a mattress will solve your back problems. The mostly highly recommend bed in America though is…you guessed it: Tempur-Pedic. In general, we recommend pressure-relieving mattresses that support a neutral sleeping position.
Tempur-Pedic: Tempur-Pedic mattresses are the most popular mattresses in the world and have a very high consumer satisfaction rating. Not only do the statistics back up Tempur-Pedic’s claims, but in our personal experience we have had a lot of happy customers that were overjoyed with their Tempur-Pedic mattresses helping their back issues. Tempur-Pedic is also the mostly highly recommend bed in America.
Memory Foam: Memory foam is a very similar material to TEMPUR foam and is popular because it conforms to the shape of your body, providing comfort and support throughout the night. The Bedding Experts offers some of the best memory foam brands available today and we often recommend this memory foam mattresses if someone is interested in a pressure-relieving mattress, but don’t like the unique TEMPUR feel.
- Hybrid Mattresses: For our clients that don’t want to make the leap to an all-foam product and like the support structure and feel of a solid innerspring, but still want the pressure-relieving qualities of memory foam, we recommend a hybrid style Beautyrest or Posturepedic mattress. These products feature a supportive coil system below a comfortable layer of pressure-relieving memory foam.
Proper Alignment for a Better Sleep and a Better Back
Besides mattresses that offer a relaxing sleep surface for your back muscles to relax and your posture to be neutral, there are other options that really help with great sleeping posture.
Pillows – A pillow that is the right size is the most important. Choosing a pillow really takes two to determine correctly. Have the other person make sure your neck is straight while the curve feel supported. A pillow that is too thick or too thin can put pressure on neck and lower back. We also offer pillow fitting at our Chicago Mattress Stores.
Adjustable beds – an adjustable bed can elevate your torso or feet to get the best possible sleeping position, thus reducing strain on your lower back and other parts of your body! This can also be a wonderful product to rest your feet and may be beneficial for those with sleep apnea, chronic heart burn, inflammatory conditions, and other ailments that may benefit from elevation of the legs or torso.
Positional Pillows & Accessories – Other options include a knee pillows, wedges, body pillows, and other specialty sleep products that aid in proper sleep posture.
Combine your new mattress, pillows, and sleep position products with good bedtime routine for the best results in alleviating back & neck pain!
If you need additional assistance to purchase a mattress that helps mitigate your back and neck pain, please don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Bedding Experts. We’d be more than happy to pair you up with a mattress that befits your special needs. 888-EXPERTS (397-3787)
If you wake up with aches and pains, or have trouble sleeping comfortably through the night, someone may have recommended a memory foam mattress or mattress topper to ease your pain. One of the most recognized brands in memory foam technology is Tempur-Pedic. Their product can be slightly more expensive though and you may be wondering, is it worth it?
Tempur is a material originally designed by NASA to use in airplane seats, specifically made to help support a person and absorb shock during a crash landing. Since then, it has been used to make pillows and mattress that better support the body during sleep by a company headquartered in Lexington, KY.
Tossing and turning is caused by pressure points, areas where your body is resting heavily against the mattress. A Tempur-Pedic bed reduces pressure points which allows you to rest through the night without all the shifting around. Another benefit to this shock absorbing material is that when your partner gets in and out of bed you are less likely to feel the movement and wake up. If you have a partner that goes to bed later than you or has a tendency to get up in the middle of the night, this type of mattress can really help you stay asleep and get more rest.
Sleeping on memory foam can help support the head, neck, hips and spine, making for a more comfortable night’s sleep. Much of the price consideration for memory foam is based on denseness, and Tempur-Pedic is one of the highest quality mattresses on the market today. Its’ ability to last longer and provide more support justifies the slightly higher prices. An enduring and comfortable product is certainly worth more money, considering that a restful night’s sleep is just about priceless.
Most Tempur-Pedic users give the mattress rave reviews, the one con that is sometimes mentioned is that the mattress can have the tendency to absorb heat and be a little warmer throughout the night. When testing the mattress in the store some people worry that it will be too firm, but keep in mind that Tempur-Pedic’s patented material is meant to conform to your body over time. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are heat-sensitive and soften as you lay down, thus conforming to your body and removing any points of pressure.
Even if you are not in the market for a new mattress at this time, you can benefit from the comfort of memory foam by using a mattress topper or pillow. Tempur-Pedic makes both of these products as well as their mattresses, all with the same high quality materials.