We spend nearly a third of our lives in bed. You'd think we would make restful sleep a higher priority, but we don't. Do you ever wake up sore, or feeling stiff? Do you sleep better in a hotel than you do at home? Is your mattress older than seven years? It might be the right time to invest in a new bed.
An old mattress that's worn out cannot support your spine or keep it aligned throughout the night. This leads to back pain and a bunch of other joint issues. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers great tips for identifying when you need a new mattress, how to test your current mattress, and how decide on a new one.
How Old is It?
If you can't remember when you got your mattress that's a pretty good sign it's usefulness to you is at an end. Is there a low spot in the middle? Is one side higher that the other?
Take a marble and try placing it at the edges of your bed, at the foot, at the head. Then, watch where it rolls. If it heads towards a low spot, like the center, the mattress can no longer support you properly.
Still not sure? Take a straight, rigid object like a yard stick and place it across the width of the mattress. Is there a gap beneath the stick? If so, that sag is a sure sign that now's the time to invest in rest.
What to Look for When Shopping
Keep in mind that not all mattresses are created the same. More expensive does not mean better, in fact, you might find a mattress that suits your needs for far less than you might think.
Pay attention to the materials used to make the mattress. Is it a quality memory foam that keeps you cool? Is it a well-built spring design with a resilient pillow or padded top?
While there are several quality mattresses you can order online nowadays, nothing beats actually lying on the mattress to test how you like it. When you lay down, your shoulders and hips should sink slightly and your spine should remain aligned. If you have special needs, a little research can go a long way to helping with your condition.
If your new bed is too firm, your hips and shoulders could become irritated. If the bed is too soft, it will not support you through the night. What you're looking for is the "Goldilocks" feeling - just right.
Take Rest Seriously
In order to get the best, restful sleep, it takes more than just a new, comfortable mattress. You should create a serene, peaceful space in your bedroom to allow for relaxation.
Plan for about two hours before you sleep to unwind from the day. Turn off all devices with screens that emit blue light and take the time to get comfortable and release stress.
Sleep is critical for proper brain function. While you're asleep, your body is repairing itself and the brain is preparing itself for another day. As you snooze, new pathways and for memory and learning are being established.
Creativity, decision-making, and the ability to focus are all enhanced by a good night's sleep. Whether you're studying math, learning to drive, or working on that golf swing, we can all benefit from restful sleep - regardless of age.
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If, after replacing your mattress, you still suffer from physical aches and pains or stiffness in the morning, you may want to see a chiropractor in a medically integrated clinic. At Advanced Medical Integration, we work with clients that treat the whole body in a holistic way, not just the symptoms.
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