In today’s busy world many of us spend a lot of time in sedentary work, often using computers or screens. We have to remember to take breaks by standing up and walking around to ease off our backs and shoulders. How many times do you feel exhausted at the end of a long day but then get into bed and find it impossible to drop off to sleep? Insomnia is a real worry to adults of all ages and a comfortable mattress can really help to solve this problem.
Sleep experts tell us to make sure that we turn off our phones and laptops at least two hours before going to bed, otherwise our minds remain too over-stimulated for sleep. It’s also helpful to take some form of exercise, preferably outdoors, such as walking, jogging or even gardening.
A suitable mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep. We should buy a new mattress every eight years to ensure that our bodies are well supported during sleep. A new, clean mattress also ensures that our bedding and bedroom is hygienic. How firm or soft you like your bed to be is a matter of personal taste. This is why it is best to buy your new mattress from a specialist supplier. Have a think about all the different places you sleep too. Do you have a holiday home, or maybe you own a motorhome that has an old mattress?
People of a larger build may prefer firmer support, whereas a lighter person might find this too rigid. Some people sleep on their backs, others on their side or front. A sleep expert can advise about the best mattress for you, from their experience of people’s sleeping habits. The mattress review site, WhatsTheBestBed.org, states that, “People often think that they need a firmer mattress, but often a product with more ‘bounce’ or one that is constructed with memory foam is a better investment”.
Many people find that as they get older back pain can interfere with day time activities and also reduce their chances of getting a good night’s sleep. A good quality mattress, made with a natural cotton top layer and memory foam interior, will help to improve their sleeping patterns. How wonderful it is to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead!
Modern mattresses are built in a variety of ways, often with a base layer, a transition layer and a top layer. This helps to keep your body at a comfortable temperature as you drift off to sleep and throughout a whole night’s sleep. Many of the best mattresses use memory foam which adapts to your body shape, eliminating pressure points when you move around. The natural cotton top layer and plant-based, eco-friendly memory foam interior ensures that even in hot weather the mattress is well ventilated.
Since the only way to really ensure that a particular mattress is the right choice for you is to actually sleep on it at home, some companies now offer a trial period for their customers. Other mattress and bedding companies have placed their products in hotel chains so that potential customers can experience first-hand a “great night’s sleep”.
It is very important to protect your new mattress with a suitable cover. A good tip is to buy two protective covers, so that you have one in use and one “in the wash”. This advice applies to pillows too. A good quality mattress protector will help to prevent dead skin cells and dust mites from penetrating the mattress, thus keeping your bed more hygienic. Don’t be afraid to hoover your bed with a vacuum cleaner attachment each time you change the mattress protector. This will remove any dust, dead skin cells or dust mites that may have found their way on to the mattress itself, thus keeping your bed in tip-top condition.