Most of us spend 7 – 8 hours a day, which is one-third of our lives, in bed. And, yet, only a few of us really pay attention to the quality and type of bed we use for sleep.
Apart from sleeping, our bed is also a source of security and comfort. No wonder, when we sleep in a hotel room, or in someone else’s house, we rarely get the same degree of rest and relaxation that we experience in our own beds.
Our beds are our personal sanctuary. It is one area which we don’t want to ever give up. This only means that we must do some simple research, spend time and money, in choosing a good bed and mattress. This is also our first step to get a good night’s sleep.
Deep sleep, or a good night’s sleep, is important to all of us. It makes us feel refreshed and function well, the next day. Good sleep and rest also depend on a phase of sleep—Stage-4 sleep. This is a period of sleep in which the body is at complete rest, the brain activity is quiet, breathing is slow and the muscles are totally relaxed.
Many years of sleep research has proven that the more time you spend in Stage-4 sleep without interruption, the more rested you feel in the morning.
One thing that interrupts Stage-4 sleep is physical discomfort. If your mattress presses against your tissues, reducing blood circulation, you will leave Stage-4 sleep frequently, tossing and turning, trying to find a comfortable position. A good bed and mattress ensure that you get prolonged, deep, restorative, and restful night’s sleep. It also ensures that you wake up better rested, more alert, and rejuvenated.
What makes a bed good for sleeping?
A good bed reduces pressure, enhances support and provides proper spinal alignment. The shoulders, hips, and spinal column are correctly supported when your sleeping posture is in balance. Every man and woman has a unique body shape and, thus, uses a different sleeping posture.
Your mattress should be able to adapt to your unique physiology and comfort sensitivities. If you are using a double-bed, do remember that different degrees of firmness may be needed for you and your partner, and so it may make sense to invest in two separate mattresses. The size of the bed itself should be as big as one can afford and as big as one can fit comfortably in the bedroom, with free space to get in and get out, on either side. Very small beds can hamper good sleep.
There are two important points to consider in a mattress: Comfort and firmness. Though it is commonly believed that firmness alone is the most important aspect in choosing a bed, in reality, many people report soreness in the morning, because of the bed being too hard. Softness and cushioning are necessary to ease your pressure points.
Our bodies have curves and, hence, the mattress needs to be able to adapt to your contour. A good supportive mattress is one that is able to give support in the small of the neck, the back, and behind your knees.
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