Many people make a mistake that robs them of getting enough sleep. While keeping your bedroom quiet, dark and clutter free is important to your quality of sleep, none of that will make a difference if you have the wrong kind of bed and pillow.
Size does matter. You need the right size bed so you have to room to sleep at night without feeling like you’re being cramped or confined to a small space. Quality matters, too - in every component of your bed.
Starting with the frame, if you have a poorly constructed frame, it won’t support your box springs or mattress correctly. Your frame should not bow, have cracks or be warped anywhere.
The Box Spring.
Your box spring is the base or foundation that keeps your mattress in good shape. A poor box spring will cause your mattress to lose firmness and can contribute to the developing of worn places.
Having a mattress that’s poor quality or too old is the reason they sag. If your body dips on the mattress when you lay down and you can get up and still see a sunken in spot, it’s time to replace it. If your mattress has lumps, you need a new one.
The reason that mattresses have a certain number of years on the guarantee is because graduating up to that time-frame, a mattress slowly starts to wear and then gives way to worn places, broken springs and more.
It’s the key to good back and muscle health. It’s also the key to looking and feeling rested. How can you know if it’s time to replace the bed? If your mattress is older than 10 years, it’s time to start looking for another one
The Mattress Cover.
You need quality in your mattress and your mattress cover. The wrong mattress cover will give you an uncomfortable night’s sleep because it won’t keep away moisture and you’ll wake feeling hot and sweaty. The right mattress cover can cut down on allergens, too.
Pillows and Blankets.
Your pillows and blankets should also be top quality. Everything needs to be optimal in order for you to achieve a deep slumber. More on pillows in a minute.
Choosing What's Right For You.
Beds aren’t supposed to make noise when you turn over or shift your weight. If a bed does this, it’s not the right one to buy - and if you have one that’s noisy, it’s time to replace it.
For the amount of hours that you have every day to get a comfortable night of sleep, to put up with less than the best bed is a mistake. Your bed is the key to how you’re going to function in your waking hours.
When you’re choosing a bed, ignore the price and the hype associated with any of the names on the mattresses. You want to choose a bed based on how it suits you and don’t take a salesman’s word for it. Feel the material if you’re buying from a store. If you’re ordering online, pay attention to the reviews.
You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Good sleep isn’t missed until you suddenly don’t have it any more. We just covered how important it is to have the right bed in order to sleep well. The same goes for pillows. It’s true that having the right mattress will help you get rest, but having the wrong kind of pillow can derail any good that a mattress can do for your sleep.
The good news is that having the right pillow is an easy fix if yours isn’t helping you sleep well. When you lie down on the bed, the way your bones are supported is important.
Your spine can twist into and remain at the wrong angle without the right pillow. This misalignment during sleep can cause a host of aches and pains. You need a good pillow for proper neck support. Without it, you end up with a stiff and aching neck and stiff, painful shoulders, too.
Without the best pillow for your body, you can toss and turn and have your sleep cycle broken. It can even interfere with your blood circulation if you choose the wrong pillow.
We all have our favorite ways to sleep. Because not everyone falls asleep in the same position (some are back sleepers, while others sleep on their side or on their stomach), you need a pillow designed for your specific sleep style.
Not only should your pillow cushion your head, but it should support your neck and help keep your spine aligned straight. Having the wrong pillow can cause you to have headaches from the strain on your muscles and spine.
What criteria should you base your pillow selection on? Your selection should be based on two factors - how you sleep and what kind of filling you prefer.
Sleeping on Your Side.
For those who like to sleep on their side, there’s a gap of space between the head and the shoulder. That gap has to be filled in with support from a pillow to avoid muscle aches and misalignment of the spine. Choose a pillow, such as a feather pillow, that will allow you to manipulate it to fit that gap.
Sleeping on Your Back.
If sleeping on your back is your preference, remember not to use a fluffy pillow or sleep on more than one pillow because this makes your neck crooked and puts pressure on your spine. If you have to sleep with your head elevated, it’s best to elevate the head of your bed rather than using extra pillows.
Sleeping on Your Stomach.
For those who sleep on their stomach, using a thin pillow is a good choice to keep the bones aligned and the blood circulation flowing.
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