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Better Sleep Guide

Good Health Begins with a Good Night's Sleep

A good night's sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It affects all aspects of your day - from how you feel, to your relationships, productivity, and ultimately, your quality of life. While you sleep, your brain goes to work, consolidating the day's learning into memory and re energizing the body. The average individual requires 7-8 hours of sleep per night, but it differs for everyone. Some people may need as much as 10 hours a night, while others need much less. It's a safe bet, however, that if you sleep longer on the weekends than you do during the week, you aren't meeting your personal sleep requirement.

Better Sleep Begins with Your Mattress

Your mattress has the potential to make or break a good night's sleep. If you're tossing and turning more at night or if you're waking up feeling stiff in the morning, it could be a sign that your current mattress is no longer the best for you. Your body appreciates a comfortable, supportive mattress and will let you know if what you're sleeping on is not up to the task!

A Comfortable Bed - The Foundation of a Good Night's Sleep.

You spend more time on your bed than on any other piece of furniture in your home, and you rely on it more for your feelings of comfort and well being. That's why it's so important to find the mattress that's right for you. If you're reading this article, chances are you're thinking about buying a new mattress, click here to find a Mattress Mart location near you.

But if you're unsure, consider these questions:

  1. Are you sleeping better or worse than you were one year ago?
  2. Are you waking up feeling stiff and sore?
  3. Did you have your best night's sleep somewhere other than your own bed?

You can avoid sleepless nights by carefully evaluating the comfort and support of your sleep set twice a year to make sure your personal comfort preferences are met. To get started on selecting a good mattress - one that's tailored to your individual needs - it helps to become familiar with the basic elements of a comfortable bed.

Elements of a Comfortable Mattress

The most widely purchased type of bedding uses the support of tempered steel coils in a variety of configurations. Layers of upholstery provide insulation and cushioning between your body and the spring unit. The result of this basic approach, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, is a full range of comfort choices.

  1. Quality tip: You can't judge the quality of a mattress solely on the number of coils it contains. A high coil count doesn't automatically mean it's a better product. It's a combination of a top quality innerspring system and superior upholstery material that makes the difference. 
  2. Foam: Solid foam mattresses also offer a wide choice of "feels". They can be made of a solid core or of several layers of different types of foam laminated together. Advanced technology in polyurethane foams, refinements to traditional latex foams, and the new viscoelastic foams have added to the choice of comfort, support, and performance. 
  3. Foundation: A good foundation or box spring is as important as a good mattress. Don't put a new mattress on an old foundation. When you select the mattress, purchase its companion foundation-the two are designed to work together to provide maximum comfort. In fact, buying the mattress without its matching foundation may affect the terms of the warranty.

Click here for more information on better sleeping from the Better Sleep Council


  1. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  2. Maintain a regular bed time and wake time schedule, including weekends.
  3. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music.
  4. Create a sleep conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
  5. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. It is best to take work materials, computers, televisions out of the sleeping area.
  6. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
  7. Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your exercise at least a few hours before bedtime
  8. Avoid caffeine ( e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate ) close to bedtime. It can keep you awake
  9. Avoid nicotine ( e.g. cigarettes and tobacco products ). Used close to bedtime it can lead to poor sleep.
  10. Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. It can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night.

Click Here for more information on Optimum Sleep from the National Sleep Foundation.