Are you sometimes irritable and unmotivated in the morning? Do you ever get accused of waking up on the wrong side of the bed? If so, maybe it’s just that you woke up on the wrong bed! If you’re resting on an old or unsuitable mattress, you’re probably not sleeping well–and that can lead to more problems than you may realize.
Better Sleep for a Better You
The key to becoming healthier, more productive, and less stressed may be in the quality of the Zzzzzz you get each night. Appropriate rest may even help you slim down. Studies have found that people who are sleep deprived experience an alteration in the hormones responsible for regulating metabolism. As a result, they tend to crave carbs and high-calorie foods. However, optimal sleep on a regular basis can regulate the body and lead a person to make more healthful choices.
In addition to metabolism, sleep greatly impacts your:
- Immune system
- Nervous system
- Cardiovascular system
You’ll also find that a good night’s sleep can improve your mood and mental health by making you more alert and enhancing your judgment, concentration and information retention. Your stress levels, social interactions, and daily functioning will also improve as a result.
A National Epidemic
Despite the numerous benefits of sleep, Americans aren’t getting enough. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, and 60% of adults report sleeping poorly a few nights a week or more.
In some cases, stress, injury, or health problems can contribute to a sleep disorder, but according to the Better Sleep Council, many Americans have sleep problems due to sleeping on a bad mattress. Mattresses that are old (over eight years), of poor quality (saggy and lumpy), or not a match for a person’s sleep needs (too small, too firm, not firm enough) are the primary culprits.
A Foundation for Good Sleep
The great news is that a bad mattress is something that’s easily corrected. Simply replace your old one with an improved model, and you’re on your way to better sleep! Just take care to select the right one for you.
When mattress shopping, try out and compare different options. Lie down on soft, medium firm, and very firm varieties. Also explore different styles, including innerspring, memory foam, latex foam, hybrid, and air models.
Stretch out in your regular sleeping position so that you can see which mattress feels the most comfortable and supportive. If you share your bed with someone, bring him or her along as well. Make sure you select a mattress that feels best to both of you–and that doesn’t transfer movement when one of you moves.
Try to avoid checking the prices of the mattresses until you’ve narrowed your selection down to two or three choices. This will ensure you’re only influenced by whether a mattress has the potential to give you the best night’s sleep.
While furnishings set the design direction of your bedroom, it’s the finishing touches that really make it feel comfortable. Dress your bed in soft layers and add accessories in coordinated colors. Use meaningful photos and decorative elements to personalize the space and complete the look.
A simple change can improve your sleep–and your health. If you’re ready for a comfortable and affordable good night’s sleep, stop by one of Miskelly’s Sleepstore locations. We take pride in our large, beautiful spa-like showrooms that allow you to shop with relaxation and comfort.
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Good night, sleep tight!