How to get a good night’s sleep
We all know that having a good night’s sleep sets us up for the day ahead, but with the working day getting longer, and distractions such as the internet, city noise pollution and other external stresses becoming daily occurrences, more and more of us are struggling to get to sleep every night.
So, with all these distractions, how do you ensure you emerge from your bedroom refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning?
The importance of mattresses
Our beds are our own personal havens, it’s where we retreat from the world, where we have duvet days and watch a romantic movie. But the bed can be the cause of all those sleepless nights. The mattress is often overlooked, but it’s really the most important part of the bed. Yet, millions of people may be sleeping on the wrong mattress, after all, how many times have you struggled to sleep on a mattress that is too soft, too firm, or simply, too lumpy?
Which type of mattress to choose
Basically, if your mattress is over 10 years old, then it’s time to replace it. There are various types of mattresses available nowadays to suit specific issues or preferences. Though memory foam or a firm mattress is recommended for those with back problems, it may be that a pocket-sprung type is what works for you. Head to your local bed store and try out some of the mattresses to see which type suits you best.
Changing your sleeping habits
If you’re struggling to sleep, make sure that you don’t consume anything containing caffeine after 6pm, and remove all electronic devices, such as the TV, your cellphone and laptop from your bedroom so that you won’t be distracted. If you find yourself struggling to sleep after 15 minutes, get out of bed, read a book, do your tax return or some other task that keeps your brain busy, as this will tire you out.
According to a recent study by Harvard University, sleep promotes healing, helps reduce stress, improves concentration, and even sparks creativity. So whether you need to change your mattress or change your night-time habits, you will feel the benefit in the long run.
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