When shopping for a new mattress, the first thing you should consider is your health – specifically how poor sleep can negatively impact your general health and how quality sleep can improve it. Without rest, our bodies cannot restore themselves.
We sleep in 90-minute cycles. In order to achieve restorative sleep we must sleep, uninterrupted, through several cycles. Ideally five sleep cycles (or 7 1/2 hours). And the more sleep cycles we complete, the longer the last stage of sleep becomes. This is important because it is during the last stage of sleep that our bodies are most restored.
If a sleep cycle is interrupted, our bodies do not start where they left off when falling back asleep. The cycle starts over again. So if you toss and turn all night, you will never complete enough sleep cycles to achieve healthy rest.
How do we achieve healthy, restorative sleep? It helps to begin by avoiding certain risk factors. Strive to go to bed at the same time each night and to get up at the same time each morning. Do not exercise within three hours of of bedtime, and do not eat a heavy meal within four hours of bedtime. Reducing caffeine intake, avoiding alcohol, and not watching television too close to bedtime are also factors to consider. And keep your bedroom dark and cool.
With all of these “sleep lifestyle” recommendations in mind, also remember – even if you create a positive sleep environment, if you do not have a comfortable mattress, these things alone will not provide you with healthy, restorative rest. A comfortable mattress is the first step towards getting a healthy, restful night of sleep. A mattress that has lost its useful “comfort life” will keep you from the hours of restorative rest you need. Loss of mattress “comfort life” is evidenced by excessive pressure in the areas of the shoulders, hips, and knees.
At Furnitureland South we pride ourselves on being healthy sleep advisers. We strive to help our customers overcome the “fear factor” in mattress buying. We also know that consumers have two basic fears when shopping for a mattress: paying too much money for a mattress set, and making a “comfort mistake.” Our goal at Furnitureland South is to help calm your fears, become your healthy sleep advisers and help select the most comfortable mattress for you.