mattressify.com https://www.mattressify.com It Matters... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:10:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Mattresses for Extra Exciting Sex Life: Mattressify Latest Review [2018] https://www.mattressify.com/best-mattress-for-sex/ https://www.mattressify.com/best-mattress-for-sex/#respond Fri, 05 Jan 2018 12:54:36 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1855 There’s no rhetoric spared when it comes to finding new ways to sell mattresses. Do you want your aging bones to suffer in pain each night? Do you want your baby to wheeze and pant due to an infection? Do you want your pregnant wife to be sleepless for her entire final trimester? Do you want to have bad sex? Of course you don’t! You want to give your family the best, and you definitely want to have the best sex, so getting the “best mattress” is probably the way to go about with it, right? Well, it depends of

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There’s no rhetoric spared when it comes to finding new ways to sell mattresses. Do you want your aging bones to suffer in pain each night? Do you want your baby to wheeze and pant due to an infection? Do you want your pregnant wife to be sleepless for her entire final trimester? Do you want to have bad sex?

Of course you don’t! You want to give your family the best, and you definitely want to have the best sex, so getting the “best mattress” is probably the way to go about with it, right? Well, it depends of what you think the best mattress is. It’s certainly not what you think it is, that’s for sure.

Why everyone wants you to buy a good mattress for Sex

There are a hundred ways people think mattresses help in sex. They really don’t, however. Some properties do help in sex and they keep things comfortable when you pick up the pace. Plus they can be easier bases to balance and contort yourself on, if you’re into that sort of the thing. But there’s a lot more advertised how mattresses can help in sex. Here are some of the craziest reasons I’ve come across.

  1. People think hypoallergenic mattresses can help prevent infections. Latex mattresses are pretty hypoallergenic, and so they are immediately thought to be healthier and better than all other mattresses in the market.
  2. One scheme of reasoning that follows is that you need the mattress to be fortified at the edge to be a good mattress. It is a good reasoning; nobody would want to tumble down while they’re getting their freak on. But the qualification is not just nebulous, it is also entirely unnecessary to mention. Any good mattress worth the money it came for would have a decent edge. If it’s susceptible to collapsing, you need a new mattress for sleeping on, not just for having sex.
  3. A silent mattress is preferred when you want to choose one to pick one to have sex on. It makes sense; nobody wants to hear you doing it when you’re doing it. You can stifle a moan or use a freaky ball gag or something to keep the noise low, but a squeaky mattress will squeak when it wants to.

It makes no sense, however. Let me tell you why…

How all criteria you’ve heard about best mattresses for sex are irrelevant in reality

Everything we’ve heard about good mattresses for sex is very likely to be nothing more than a marketing gimmick. I say this because most of the reasons I’ve seen being offered are trash, both theoretically and practically. Let me explain why.

The hypoallergenic myth: Turns out there is a pretty astounding difference between being hypoallergenic and sterile. Something that does not have germs in/on it is known as sterile. Something that is hypoallergenic need not be sterile. Hypoallergenic means the material is less likely to cause someone an allergy.In fact, anyone who is allergic to latex knows that latex doesn’t always mean safe and healthy. Want to make sure your sex sessions are safe and healthy? Vacuum your mattress regularly, use fresh linen and change the bedding when a session gets over.

mattress for sex

The Silence myth: It seems to make good sense that a mattress you want to get freaky on not betray you to people around the room. But is it really that important to buy a mattress that is silent as a wad of cotton being pulled? There is really no need to replace your expensive mattress just because it makes sound during sex. You can soundproof your room for equal efficacy and at roughly the same cost. Plus, the mattress isn’t really at fault here.

The Edge Support myth: Ok, yes, Edge Support is crucial when it comes to making the mattress proper to have sex on. But the stress on edge support is really not that well deserved. You don’t have sex just at the edges, you have sex all over it, and so overall structural integrity is what should matter, of which edge support is only one factor.

Which are the relevant properties, then?

So if these properties aren’t all that important, what should you look for when buying a good mattress for sex?

There is no single answer to that question. You can choose a good mattress for sex based on as many or as few factors as you like; chances are you’re going to use the mattress for more than just having sex, unless you have uncommon plans for the guest room or puff out some especially potent pheromones from your body. Regardless, here are some factors to look out for when choosing the best mattress for sex.

  • Tautness

    A Taut mattress is a great mattress. What tautness means is that the surface shouldn’t sag too much when you press it down. A taut mattress can go a long way to ensure proper spinal support while sleeping, as well as make sure your body finds proper support no matter how you are perched on it.

  • Denting

    Denting might seem to be the same as tautness, but it goes in deeper than just the top layer as so i must put it as a separate criteria here, since the pressure on the same area of the mattress comes from two or more bodies when you have sex on it, as opposed to just one when you have sex on it. It is easy to understand that your mattress will bend with your weight, and it will be more than what you usually see while sleeping. Therefore, to get a good mattress for sex, you should make sure it dents less than usual. You don’t want it to be rock solid, but it must leave scope for a greater bend that doesn’t get too much.

  • Smells and Odors

    Mattresses don’t usually have a smell that lasts more than a week outside the wrapping they came in. But that is not the odor we’re talking about here. A good mattress for sex can do with a little more ventilation, because you don’t want the absorbed sweat and related liquids to stay built up for too long in your bed.

  • Ease of cleaning

    When you’re going to get down and dirty on a mattress, you better hope it is easy to clean. The ease of cleaning a mattress depends upon its structure, but also on its weight if you’re going to sun it out, and other such factors. We have a detailed guide to tell you how to clean a mattress, and you should really check it out because hygiene matters when you want to fix a mattress for sex alone.

  • Durability

    You know, you’re going to be jumping around and going crazy on the mattress, so durability is a major factor to consider when you’re looking for a mattress to have sex on. Also, a mattress is a pretty big investment, almost like a refrigerator, and you want to have it last for a good length of time and not chuck it out every 2 years to get a new one.

How to pick and buy the best Mattresses for Sex

Picking a good mattress for sex is much alike to buying a mattress with a different purpose in mind. Take the factors we mentioned above in mind when you go looking for one, and be skeptical of the salesperson’s promises.

There is no single best mattress for sex since everyone likes to go at it differently. However, there are a couple you can try looking for that we’ve singled out in an earlier post.

Benefits of new mattress for sex

A mattress is seldom designed solely for sex. But a new mattress that is friendlier to your interests in the bedroom can help you perform better in some cases, and might also spice things up a bit. The best mattress for sex is also likely to be a great one to sleep on. And if you’re skeptical about the whole business, you can always skip buying a mattress solely for sex and just lay a bedspread on your existing mattress and go at it with your partners.

Thanks for reading. Leave me your thoughts in the comments below. This would surely be interesting to hear your thoughts on.

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Difference Between Innerspring Mattress vs Pocket Coil https://www.mattressify.com/innerspring-mattress-vs-pocket-coil/ https://www.mattressify.com/innerspring-mattress-vs-pocket-coil/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:46:58 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1401 There are several ways you can get a good night’s sleep. But all of them mandate a proper mattress. And the amount of variety the mattress market offers almost blinds you. So what mattress should you buy? Many people still prefer the tried and tested innerspring mattresses, which are probably the oldest type of mattresses around. This speaks volumes about how comfortable they are regarded. But recently, a new subtype has emerged known as pocket coil mattress. If you’re confused about what the difference between them is, and what you should look for while buying either, you’ve come to the

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There are several ways you can get a good night’s sleep. But all of them mandate a proper mattress. And the amount of variety the mattress market offers almost blinds you. So what mattress should you buy?

Many people still prefer the tried and tested innerspring mattresses, which are probably the oldest type of mattresses around. This speaks volumes about how comfortable they are regarded. But recently, a new subtype has emerged known as pocket coil mattress. If you’re confused about what the difference between them is, and what you should look for while buying either, you’ve come to the right place. Watch out for the TL:DR at the end.

What are Pocket Coil Mattresses?

Inner Spring mattresses have an arrangement of spring coils under the surface, sandwiched on two sides by a mesh over which the foam material rests. This is the standard mattress, and it is often deemed too hard on the back despite giving good spinal support. Pocket Coil Mattress seeks to solve that issue with introducing a certain level on detail into the construction.

A Pocket Coil Mattress has each of its springs (there can be thousands!) enclosed individually in a pocket of cloth or cloth like material. This means that all springs do not contract together, and you get a contraction proportionate to the immediate weight at the side, leading to greater support at your body’s bends and curves.

Why is Pocket Coil Better than Innerspring?

It is generally deemed that Pocket Coil mattresses have a certain degree of finesse to the experience they provide. An InnerSpring mattress contracts all over if weight is placed only on one area. They can give unnatural and uncomfortable tiles if the weight isn’t positioned near the centre, and can even get you backaches once the foam wears out. Pocket Coil Mattresses keep you safe from all of these!

  • A better back support is ensured in Pocket Coil Mattresses, since the compression is produced according to the surface in contact.
  • A much more stable surface ensures you can sleep in peace even if your bed-mate thrashes about in their sleep.
  • Pocket Coil Mattresses are often judges as being easier to clean, thanks to their open surface.
  • No need to add extra toppers to make the mattress extra comfortable.

 

 

What are some issues with Pocket Coil Mattresses to keep in mind?

But not all’s rosy with Pocket Coil Mattresses. As with anything in the market, there are a few issues Pocket Coil Mattress has yet to resolve. The springs can wear out and give an undulating area to sleep of, which is problematic in the long run. Also, with more cloth being employed as well as being relatively new to the market, Pocket Coil Mattresses cna be a tad costlier than your usual Innerspring mattress.

Their are some best option suggested by expert

Signature Sleep Coil Pillow Top Mattress

Pocketed Encased Coil MATTRESS (Queen)

Pocket Coil Spring Mattress, Full

Pocket Coil Mattresses are the latest version of the tried and tested Innerspring mattress. Each spring is wrapped in cloth so they function independently, and you can get a huge. They provide almost perfect back support, which is great. But they can be a tad expensive to clean not just in the fiscal sense, but also in the aspect of time consumed to clean. Overall, I think Pocket Coil Mattresses score above Innerspring mattresses.

Have a query, drop me a line below.

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A Detailed Guide on Sleep Hygiene-The Key to Proper Rest https://www.mattressify.com/detailed-guide-sleep-hygiene/ https://www.mattressify.com/detailed-guide-sleep-hygiene/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:38:49 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=2197 Contemporary approach to sleep is often one of a necessary evil. We enjoy staying up late at night to party and hang out with friends, and do it to complete school or work assignments even when we don’t want to. Sleep really is our last priority, and that isn’t healthy or fair to our bodies.Do you exactly know why you need sleep?Question as old as time; just why do we sleep? It makes little sense to the lay science buff why an evolutionary world would lead to a system where all the more developed animals all spend hours in inactivity,

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Contemporary approach to sleep is often one of a necessary evil. We enjoy staying up late at night to party and hang out with friends, and do it to complete school or work assignments even when we don’t want to. Sleep really is our last priority, and that isn’t healthy or fair to our bodies.

Do you exactly know why you need sleep?


Question as old as time; just why do we sleep? It makes little sense to the lay science buff why an evolutionary world would lead to a system where all the more developed animals all spend hours in inactivity, lying motionless and vulnerable at varying times in the day. But it turns out, evolution really knew what it was doing when it allowed this.

Sleep can be taken as a necessary sacrifice for a complex brain capable of higher function. Or it can be seen as a mark of advanced brain and body function. It is always interesting to note how complex and diverse sleep and its manifestations are in the animal world. Dolphins can sleep one brain hemisphere at a time, giraffes and rabbits barely sleep a few minutes since they have to keep running around, and gerbils being so small hardly sleep at all!


Human beings too have been slept differently in history, and they have approached sleep differently across cultures. While Rome and the Romans despised sleep and resorted to it only when it couldn’t be contained any more, often looking down upon it, the Egyptians treated it as divine, a period of communication between the person and the gods and spirits that guided them. Up till the Renaissance, people slept in two phases, getting up in the middle of the night to do chores, pray or just sit about. We now sleep in a single phase, but our sleep habits remain diverse across families and communities and cultures.

Regardless of how we sleep, the science behind sleep remains the same. Virtually all of it comes from the analysis of monophasic sleep (ie, sleeping in one constant stretch), which is the kind of sleep most people take.

what does your brain do when you sleep ?

The science of sleep doesn’t restrict itself to one field, as is often the case with phenomenon as complex as it. It derives from a diverse range of fields, which includes neurology, psychology, anatomy and even sociology.

The cogs and axles of sleep are primarily covered in the field of Sleep Physiology. As per contemporary understanding of sleep, most people sleep with brain and body activity lying in 5 distinct phases. The most crucial and also the most sung about phase is REM, or Rapid Eye Movement sleep, from the distinct eye movement patterns that first helped people identify it as separate from the rest of the sleep. The 4 other are known as non-REM or NREM, and they have a progression where you go from stage one through two, then to three and then in four, before you land in REM. Once REM sleep is achieved , you stay in the phase for some time before your brain climbs back to stage one. This cycle repeats a few times during a sleep episode, and it has its own peculiarities.

why brain need sleep


Any stage that goes missing outside of what is normal can indicate a sleep disorder. But how did scientists arrive at this classification?

You have a monkey to thank for it. In 1875, Polish physiologist Adolf Beck experimented on a monkey’s brain to detect and record electrical activity[1]. In 1929, Hans Berger recorded electrical activity from the scalp in human subjects. These were the beginning of laying the foundation on which modern science of sleep today rests. These EEGs (Electroencephalographs) helped scientists identify 
REM and NREM sleep, as well as all the stages in the latter.

REM And NREM Sleep

Let’s quickly browse through the details of each stage of sleep so it becomes easier for us to grasp the functions and the effects of lack of sleep.

REM Sleep:
About 25% of the time each night, one has REM sleep. It is named so because of the quick motion of eyes that were first used as pointers to differentiate it from other phases of sleep. During REM sleep, your brain gets active while your muscles relax. This is incidentally also the time when most dreams occur.

NREM Sleep:
The other 75% of the time, your eyes don’t move so rapidly, and this phase is therefore called Non-Rapid Eye Movement. But there are more complexities to it.

  • Stage 1 NREM sleep is the most delicate states of rest. You aren’t fully asleep but you aren’t awake either, in laymen’s terms. It is easy to wake someone from this sleep.

  • Stage 2 NREM is when your mind lets go of what’s happening around it and your body cooperates. Breathing, heartbeat and body temperature are all lowered gradually and comfort steps in.

  • Stage 3 NREM Your body begins to go into deep sleep at this point. Stage 3 is really a transition into stage 4, but it is salient enough to have its own category.

  • Stage 4 is the deepest part of sleep, and also the most restorative part of it. Called Delta Sleep after the waves in the EEG that are recorded at this point, It is hardest to wake someone up from this stage. Blood pressure and breathing rates are lowered and muscles inch into fully relaxed modes. This is also the point where your body is currently believed to repair itself, since blood supply is increased and hormones are secreted.

How much one must sleep at night? (by age analysis)

A variety of people often quote a myriad of numbers, some quoting science while far more using personal anecdotes to arrive at conclusions. Till a few years ago, most people accepted that everyone needs 8 hours of sleep once they’re not teenagers anymore. However, that isn’t true as science now tells us.

Sleep Requirements for Babies Through Young Adulthood



Age


Number of Naps


Total Hours of Naptime Sleep

Hours Awake Between Sleep Periods


Total Hours of Nighttime Sleep


Total Hours of Nap and Nighttime

Newborn

3-5*

4-7

1-2 (usually 1)

9-14

16-18**

1 Month

3-4

6-7

1-3

8.5-14

15-17

3 Months

3-4

5-6

2-3

10-11

15

6 Months

2-3

2-4

2-3

10-11

14-15

9 Months

2

2.5-4

2-4

11-12

14

12 Months

1-2

2-3

3-4

11.5-12

13.5-14

18 Months

1-2

2-3

4-6

11.25-12

13-14

2 Years

1

1.5-3

5-6.5

11-12

13-13.5

3 Years

0-1

1-2

6-8

11-11.5

12-13

4 Years

0-1

0-2

6-12

11-11.5

11.5-12.5

5 Years

0-1

0-2

6-12

11

11-12

6 Years

0-1

0-2

8-14

10

10

10 Years

0-1

0-2

8-14

10.5-11

10-11

17 Years

0-1

0-3

8-16

8.5-10

8.5-10

Adult

0-1****

0-1.5

8-16

7-9

7-9


*Number of naps will vary immensely between babies and will depend on the hours of nighttime sleep they get

**Hours of nap and nighttime sleep may not add up correctly since each will vary depending on the other

***These hours don’t signify unbroken stretches of sleep; sleep is cumulative in babies, so it’s the total that’s important

****Napping after age 5 is a sign of sleep deprivation; older children will continue to nap to make up for sleep lost at night

Sleep deprivation may result in people who don’t rest adequately. But how do you know how much you’re supposed to rest? When you’re told you should rest between 7-9 hours, should you sleep 7, 9 or err on the side of caution and sleep an extra hour to make a healthy 10?

A good way to find out is to see if you’re sleepy after your usual night. If you are, you’re probably sleeping too little. If you’re groggy but slept quite a bit, you might have overslept. Good sleep usually makes you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Sleep deprivation has varyingly attributed to be a cause of mental illness as well as a symptom. While we’ll discuss the first possibility in a minute, if you think you’re suffering from a mental health issue, or too much stress, it can help to seek professional help so you can manage your stress and anxiety in your daily life.

Sleeping less as you age? Here’s how sleep changes as years go by

Why does age influence our sleep requirements so much?

A big part of growth of the body and brain happens in the first 20 years, first during the growth from infancy to childhood, and then through puberty. Fighting off infections, making bones strong and repairing and developing muscle tissue is just some of the stuff bodies are doing at this crucial phase in life, and so it becomes easy to see why people in this age group need more sleep.

...if an infant misses naps or is chronically overtired due to extended nighttime wakeups or short naps, it can lead to increased nighttime wakings. The average infant under 1 year of age needs approximately 14-15 hours of sleep (naps + nighttime), and this only decreases to around 13 hours of total sleep after 1 year of age. At 4 years of age, children still need between 11 and 12 hours of sleep at night.

The importance of developing healthy sleep habits is well documented and recent studies show that these practices lead to improved memory and learning abilities in children, as well as lower rates of obesity and hyperactivity.  In addition, Human Growth Hormone peaks 1 hour after onset of sleep, so chronic sleep deprivation can lead to decreased linear growth in infants and children[2]

                                                                                                                                                                                -Katie Williams RN, BSN, Sleep Consultant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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As people grow up into full adults, the need for sleep tends to fall. For most adults in the age group 25-55 years, 8 hours seems to be a good enough amount of sleep, subject to individual factors.

But sleep is not just dependent upon age. There are a lot of other important factors that can help or prevent people from sleeping, causing a variety of effects to follow from this sleep deprivation. A prominent factor as many will affirm is stress. Most find it hard to sleep when they’re anxious about something. Diet is another factor which can make or mar nights; a cup of coffee with your dinner is not the best idea, as many will attest.

what lack of sleep does to your body

Sleep is just as crucial as staying awake. Yet the prime focus of our discourse is always centred on what we do when we’re awake, not how we rest and recuperate from the toil and labour in our lives. That is extremely unfortunate, because lack of proper sleep can pretty much ruin our lives.

In an experiment on rats, sleep deprivation over the course of weeks led to unhealthy levels of weight loss despite increasing diet, inability to control body temperature, heat seeking behavior and eventually, death. Sleep has on other occasions been linked to lowered immunity and thus high risk of infection. In humans specifically, lack of sleep has been associated with reduced mental faculties, reduced memory and even hallucinations.

Additionally, lowered social performance due to sleepiness can cause you to be perceived as unkempt and unpresentable, as well as deprive you of opportunities by preventing you from giving your best. It sure does seem like sleeping at night is a better option in general as compared to burning the midnight oil.

Why you are not satisfied on your sleep

It is startling to note how many people around us are sleep deprived. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention even goes on to call it a public health hazard, pointing out high incidences of people accidentally falling asleep during the day, and worrisome incidence of people falling asleep while driving!

There is no denying that lack on sleep is potentially hazardous. Why do people neglect sleep? Is it deliberate neglect or are other factors at play?

There are quite a lot of factors, it turns out. Perhaps the easiest culprit for most to point out is stress and negative emotions; everyone has had a sleepless night when they were anxious or slept little when they were dealing with a major source of grief. There are more factors too, however. For example, diet, the lighting in the room, the mattress you’re lying of and the ambient noise all influence your sleep in some or the other way.

Negativity begets negativity: Stress and Poor Sleep

Stress is almost an epidemic in contemporary times. When it prevails for a short time, stress can help boost performance; it tells your body to shift priority from usual function to the situation at hand to ensure survival and sustenance. While tasks may be achieved as a result, essential body functions like sleep and diet often reduce in priority. Not only is this harmful in itself, but if the stressful situation lasts, reduced sleep and other body function can aggravate the situation by marring your cognitive ability and further leading to situations where you have more stress.

Anxiety is another culprit which is fairly easy to identify. Stress and anxiety often lead to long term sleeplessness or improper sleep, which can cause trouble and even turn into insomnia. Some medication might cause sleeplessness as well as a side effect. People who self medicate are often at risk of medication-related sleeplessness, which only adds to the already long list of reasons self medication is potentially hazardous.


TheSleepApneaGirl writes:

- Set worries aside—write down your concerns, or list the things you have to do tomorrow. Decide when you will address any worries—then     put them out of your mind.
- Take a warm bath to relax
- Listen to quiet music, or read under soft light.
- Try relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing or progressive relaxation (tensing and then releasing one group of muscles at a time,            starting at the feet and working up).

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Negative thoughts and practices are major causes of sleeplessness or improper sleep. Lack of rest can unfortunately complicate these even further and cause chronic stress and even result in mental health issues. It is therefore wise to nip problems in the bud and give yourself enough rest, placing all other concerns on the backburner.

what exactly the "SLEEP hYGIENE"  IS ?

Proper practices relating to rest and sleep are known as sleep hygiene. While personal and environmental hygiene certainly contribute directly or indirectly, sleep hygiene is different and much more expansive than the usual definitions of hygiene.

Among the many things proper sleep hygiene is about, the most important ones can be categorised into three categories; proper environment, proper bedding and proper sleep habits. Further, some factors are more important for sleep hygiene in kids, such as presence of electronics and TV sets, while others like diet and bedding material may have more visible effects in the middle aged and the elderly.

the effect of electronic boom

There are electronic devices everywhere. You have TVs that are slimmer and brighter and wider than they were, you have mobile phones that buzz and light up to tell you when someone’s sent you a funny GIF, and there are alarm clocks and coffee machines and a hundred such gizmos in every space that are purported to serve us but which end up making our minds eager to answer each beck and call. (link to medium post of app design and endorphin guy).

Sleep experts often recommend keeping all phones and TVs and even digital alarm clocks outside the room where you sleep. The room should be pitch dark when you lay down to sleep and should remain that way for the duration of your sleep.


Grigor M. Harutunian from LAneurology.com, Board Certified Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist has the following recommendations about electronics:
Make sure the room is pitch dark. Try to eliminate all light sources. This includes alarm clock lights or cell phone charger light, etc. Avoid watching TV or reading in bed. Bedroom should be very quiet.

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It is not sufficient to cover the screens of the devices you’re sleeping with; it’s not just their light that bothers people. Buzzing and notification sounds can bring you back to the awake state when you’ve painstakingly managed to attain Stage 1 NREM sleep on a sleepless night. Even if you switch off the internet, you can still receive SMSes and phone calls that can disrupt your sleep. Airplane mode or other such non-transmissive modes are the only admissible compromise.

For kids, however, a complete ban on electronics in the bedroom may be profitable in the long run. You don’t want your 3 year old to be awake till 1 playing cartoon games on the iPad, and then be cranky the next morning.

Why mattress play an important role in sleep

The bed and bed linen are pretty salient; nobody wants to sleep under a scratchy blanket or on a lumpy bed. While a whole variety of bed linen and blankets can be availed for cheap at your local mart, a mattress can cost quite some money, enough to not be something to change on whim.

It becomes important to pick a mattress wisely, and make sure there are return policies in case the one you buy isn’t good for you. A good mattress isn’t dented and keeps your back straight, supporting its curves appropriately. There are few people who can sleep on a mattress that sags in the middle, and it is in fact bad for your health. People prone to back ache and neck pain should especially consider getting a good mattress with appropriate support.

Additionally, it can help to have a mattress that cools quicker, especially if you feel hot in your bed. Getting a mattress topper instead of a whole new mattress can help save you some money.

Sleepless nights cause exhaustion in babies

Staying on a proper sleep routine is paramount with babies. Babies need a schedule to followed by their parents with utmost strictness. Missing the bed time by about an hour is usually fine, but any later, the baby can start showing signs of overtiredness. An overtired baby is desperate for rest, and the discomfort of being too tired makes them cranky and hard to tuck into bed. They may display behaviors of seeking comfort, such as clinging to their caregivers, sucking their hands or rubbing their eyes.


The greatest habit for a good night's sleep in infants and children is consistency. Creating a routine and sticking with it is key. After you have established a nice routine that works for your family, ensure your children are getting enough sleep at night and, if they are still napping, during the day as well. If you miss a nap or go to bed too late one night, try to make up for it with an earlier nap or bedtime the next day! Remember sleep begets sleep!

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What changes can be made to better sleep

There are other changes to include too. For example, skipping coffee and alcoholic beverages is often recommended by doctors and sleep hygiene experts. A light meal is recommended for dinner, especially for people prone to acid reflux at night.

Reducing the amount of noise in the room can be beneficial. If your bedside window faces a busy street, it may help to close the window and draw some heavy curtains so any noise is either reflected to absorbed.

How to improve sleep hygiene?

Making an assessment of the room you sleep can be a good starting point to bettering one’s sleep hygiene. Move the TV to a different room, and get a noise-less analog clock that doesn’t tick-tock audibly at night. Modifying the room is only the first step, however.

The bed and bed linen are good to tackle next. A change of linen and a thorough vacuuming and cleaning of the mattress can help remove bad odors, kill bacteria and make the bed more comfortable. If the mattress and the pillow need to be changed, it is best to get that done.

Next one must evaluate one’s sleep habits. What you do before sleeping is crucial, just as much as how you wake up and what you do immediately afterwards. Sleep Hygiene experts recommend avoiding things like reading, eating or watching TV in your bedroom. Sexual activity is fine, but apart from that, the bedroom is to be reserved exclusively for rest and sleep. Waking up with a jolt often comes with a sharp spike in parameters like pulse and blood pressure, which is not very healthy. Instead, waking up in a gentle and relaxed environment can help. Similarly, diet and exercise can help you sleep better if tackled rightly.

If you have problems deciding if you’re sleeping OK, it can help to use this Sleep Diary chart from the website of Centre for Clinical Interventions, Australia. Filling it in daily for a few days can help you identify areas where you need to work on to make the best of the time you’re putting aside to rest at night. In the long run, resting well by maintaining good sleep hygiene can help you be more productive, healthy and socially desirable.

Additional Resource: Do you have insomnia?

Lack of sleep is different from insomnia. While you may have difficulty sleeping due to poor sleep hygiene, insomnia is a chronic condition where people find it hard to sleep, the difficulty lasting over a long period on time and becoming a major hindrance in one’s daily life. You can find more information about insomnia from CCI’s document linked here, or specifically learn about adult insomnia and its solution through Behavioral Sleep Medicine here

References:

1 Coenen, Anton; Edward Fine; Oksana Zayachkivska (2014). "Adolf Beck: A Forgotten Pioneer In Electroencephalography". Journal of the History of the Neurosciences. 23 (3): 276–286.

2 Santos IS, Bassani DG, Matijasevich A, et al. Infant sleep hygiene counseling (sleep trial): protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry. 2016;16(1):307. doi:10.1186/s12888-016-1016-1.


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A to Z Guide: How Much Sleep You Need Based On Your Age https://www.mattressify.com/guide-how-much-sleep-need-based-on-age/ https://www.mattressify.com/guide-how-much-sleep-need-based-on-age/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:31:39 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1842 Everyone believes people needs 8 hours of sleep. That’s what we were told when we were kids. In fact, everyone except babies and toddlers are expected to stick to this completely arbitrary number of sleeping hours. It is no surprise we’re all deep in sleep debt. We just can’t seem to stay on top of our days! Misconceptions abound about sleep and healthy sleeping routines. But there are facts one can rely on, obtained scientifically. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute carries a detailed guide on their website about how much need one needs to function optimally. The statistics

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Everyone believes people needs 8 hours of sleep. That’s what we were told when we were kids. In fact, everyone except babies and toddlers are expected to stick to this completely arbitrary number of sleeping hours. It is no surprise we’re all deep in sleep debt. We just can’t seem to stay on top of our days!

Misconceptions abound about sleep and healthy sleeping routines. But there are facts one can rely on, obtained scientifically. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute carries a detailed guide on their website about how much need one needs to function optimally. The statistics come from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It also has a neat note about sleep debt, what it is and how you can calculate it.

But before we jump to the statistics, let us quickly go through factors that may cause/need you to deviate from the recommended or your usual hours of sleep.

What causes changes in sleep requirements?

Stress

Nobody is immune from stress. In fact, stress is an unrecognized epidemic in contemporary times. A little bit of stress can do good to the body, but a lot of stress throws the entire system off rhythm.

One major way the human body neutralises stress is via sleep. Anecdotally, you might discover people sleeping in on their most important days of school or work, as well as days they take big decisions in their social or emotional lives. A high stress situation may cause you to lose sleep as well, or have less restful sleep even if it lasts your usual number of hours. This can influence your sleep debt.

Medication

Some medication can cause drowsiness. Medicines containing opioids, alcohol or other such substances are held directly responsible for tiredness and feelings of languidity that may follow consumption. Then, there are medication that can cause you to stay awake or have a less restful sleep. The effect of reduced sleep can also be felt as higher amount of stress one may have to deal with. This makes it essential to stem debt before it grows to an inconvenient size.

Mental illness

Mental debilitation like depression and anxiety have been linked to erratic sleep patterns. Keeping aside the stress that plays a major role in how things play out in these conditions, whether or not they may be curable, patients often report feeling tired and drained throughout their day, no matter how much they sleep. It might not indicate a sleep debt if someone suffering from a mental illness feels drowsy, and it may be healthy to sleep longer than other people. However, when it comes to such illnesses, things are more complicated than how much one sleeps. A psychologist or trained medical professional’s advice should be given topmost priority to seek as well as to follow.

Physical sickness

The body drains quickly when it is recovering from an illness or trying to fight off an oncoming one. That’s why people prefer to sleep in when they’re down with the flu. There is no absolute number on hours one is allowed to add to their sleep schedule either. Sleep till you wake up on your own, accruing no sleep debt.

Dietary habits

Intake of various foods can aid or hamper sleep. Coffee, for example, is well known for giving a boost to the brain and making it feel energised even when you’re tired. Therefore, coffee is one among the several foods that are best avoided right before sleep. Of the other hand, warm milk contains tryptophan which can help one sleep. It joins other foods like the humble banana in the list of foods that can make one sleep better.

There is another aspect of food one must consider. Your digestive system behaves differently when you’re asleep. Your stomach works slower. Acid reflux and other such inconveniences are therefore common. You can be robbed of restful sleep by the short bursts on acrid stomach acid in your mouth. Eating a diet that is quick to digest at night, coupled with an hour or two of activity after the evening meal can better your chances of restful sleep.

Bedroom environment

The final criteria is one we have discussed often on this blog and website, which is bedroom environment. If your brightly painted walls catch the morning sun and startle your eyes out of slumber, it is upsetting. Kids get cranky on wetting the bed, and therefore a rubber sheet to prevent the mattress from soaking the liquid of getting a decent hypoallergenic, easy to clean kids mattress can make them rest a lot more peacefully through the night.

How much you (and your kids) need to sleep according to age

Age

Recommended Amount of Sleep

Infants aged 4-12 months 12-16 hours a day (including naps)
Children aged 1-2 years 11-14 hours a day (including naps)
Children aged 3-5 years 10-13 hours a day (including naps)
Children aged 6-12 years 9-12 hours a day
Teens aged 13-18 years 8-10 hours a day
Adults aged 18 years or older 7–8 hours a day

Infants (upto 1 year) : 12-16 hours every day

Infants are the sleepiest of the lot. And for good reason. Their brains are developing at a phenomenal rate, and all that hustle bustle in the head takes up energy. Infants need to be put down to rest every few hours, and it is essential to not keep them awake when they’re sleepy or they’ll get overtired. An overtired infant becomes cranky, because even though they’re tired, they can’t put themselves to sleep.

If you as a parent need your kid to sleep peacefully through the night, you can gradually condition the infant to sleep later at night so they wake up closer to the morning when you’re going to get up anyway.

Toddlers (1 to 2 years) : 11-14 hours every day

As babies grow and their brains begin to settle down in terms of rate of development, there is less tiredness. And as they begin to waddle into the world, their appetite for new experience causes them to be forever energetic and eager to explore. Despite that, toddlers need their sleep. As kids grow older, they can become fussy sleepers. Putting them to sleep can be a task, but their growing body and brain both need it.

Pre-school kids (3 to 5 years) : 10 – 13 hours every day

In my experience, pre-schoolers are the most difficult to put to sleep. They are almost never tired, and they always want another bedtime story, another snack, another glass of water. It can be frustrating, but it is important to be patient with your kids at this stage. It is also essential to have a degree of strictness, since pre-school kids can find themselves up and eager to run about the moment the sun comes up, not caring about how much rest they’re getting.

Pre-teens (6 – 12 years) : 9 – 12 hours a day

Kids between 6 and 12 years of age are fairly straightforward to figure out. They need to be sent to school, helped through homework and lavished with love. Kids at this age learn about social complexities with new relationships as friends, students and more. Their sleep requirements are slowly nearing those of the average adult, but they’re not quite there yet.

Teens (13 – 18 years) : 8 -10 hours a day

Teens often crave being treated like adults, but as far as their bodies go, they are yet to become adults. The spurt of hormones in the blood following the onset of puberty brings about a host of changes to their bodies as well as brains, as everyone knows. This ups their sleep requirements too. A teenager sleeping in is not bad. However, too much sleep (going beyond 10 hours consistently for quite a few days together) shouldn’t be taken lightly. It may signify a problem, be it physical, mental or social. It is wise to talk to your teen about it, or visit a counselor.

Adults : 7 – 8 hours a day

Adults are commonly advised to rest 8 hours, and while that is adequate for many, if not most, there is certainly nothing to worry about if you need a little less or more sleep to feel comfortable and well rested. All the factors we discussed earlier may be used to understand why you’re sleeping differently than you used to or compared to others. It may also be prudent to visit a medical professional if you feel the need to. Problems such as sleep apnea, acid reflux and backache may reduce quality of sleep.

Elderly (beyond 60) : 8 – 9 hours a day

As people grow older, they tend to be a little more tired than usual. This is completely normal, and it can be prudent to change your expectation of sleeping for the exact amount you slept when you were 25. Anywhere between one to two hours of sleep may be needed in addition to the amount you slept when you were younger.

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How to improve posture with your sleeping positions? https://www.mattressify.com/improve-posture-with-sleeping-positions/ https://www.mattressify.com/improve-posture-with-sleeping-positions/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:34:26 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1775 When people think posture, they think of how they walk and sit on their desk. Your sitting and walking postures are important. But the importance they are accorded often comes from the fair share that should have belonged to sleeping posture. Posture when you’re sleeping? I’m kidding, right? Nope. I’m dead serious. How you sleep is a crucial component not just to the quality of rest you get at night, but also your health in everyday life. Sleeping positions are dynamic. We course through several every night, and our preferences change over the year as well. Sadly, not all positions

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When people think posture, they think of how they walk and sit on their desk. Your sitting and walking postures are important. But the importance they are accorded often comes from the fair share that should have belonged to sleeping posture.

Posture when you’re sleeping? I’m kidding, right? Nope. I’m dead serious. How you sleep is a crucial component not just to the quality of rest you get at night, but also your health in everyday life. Sleeping positions are dynamic. We course through several every night, and our preferences change over the year as well. Sadly, not all positions are good for the body and its health.

Why are some sleeping positions bad for the body?

Not everyone asks this, but it is a pertinent issue. Why are some sleeping positions bad for the body and it’s health? How do we decide if a position is unhealthy before we go on to correct it?

Sleep is meant to get you to rest and rejuvenate your body and its systems. To do that, your body requires unhindered blood circulation, uninterrupted supply of oxygen and proper temperature. As it happens, all three of them, among other things, depend upon the posture you keep at night while you are asleep.

If you sleep on your stomach, you probably have to bend your neck to be able to breathe, which doesn’t allow optimum air supply to the respiratory system. If you sleep with your butt raised into the air, you’re probably preventing blood from flowing freely to the legs. Similarly, burying your face in pillows while sleeping will also cause you a lot of grief because of lack of air as well as the slow dissipation of body heat.

What are the signs of a good sleeping posture?

I sleep like a log on most nights to notice whether or not I’m lying in a proper posture. Plus, ain’t nobody got time for that! A good sleeping posture, thankfully, has several benefits that you can easily spot in your everyday routine. I’ve listed a few below.

  1. A good sleeping posture allows you proper rest, which makes you wake up feel refreshed.
  2. When you go from a bad to a good posture habit while sleeping, you immediately feel increased energy levels and better concentration.
  3. You are less likely to wake up for no reason at night when you are habituated to proper sleeping posture.
  4. Bad sleep postures often give you aches in the back, neck and spine the next morning. That doesn’t happen with proper posture.

There are so many more. But you get the point.

What makes a good sleeping posture?

A good sleeping posture is not that hard to figure out. The most important factor that decides a good sleeping posture is the comfort you feel in the position. But if it is taking a toll on your health, then short term comfort is better sacrificed for long term well being. Confused? Don’t be.

A good posture has several markers. Usually, fitting these makes your sleep a lot more peaceful and rejuvenating. Here are a few of them that are easy to spot.

  • Low Center of Gravity

    Ever balanced a pencil on your finger? You were actually locating the centre of gravity. The body too has one, and it is usually located in the region of your abs while you’re standing. When you go into the fetal position, the centre moves upwards to your chest region. And when you bend, it may go in and out of the body according to your position and movement. The point is not to keep a track of this centre, but to make sure you keep as much of your weight close to the mattress as you can.

    When it comes to pregnant women or those with a belly, sleeping on the back might not fit their needs. This is due to centre of gravity again. Pregnant women face a lot of problems finding good postures to sleep, and the solutions can range from sleeping on a chair to whatever their doctor tells them. Keeping the center of gravity close to the supporting surface helps sleep a lot better.

  • Straight Spine

    Most people associate posture to be related to the spine. To a large extent, the spine is vital to your posture. While resting, it is desirable that your spine be straight. To be fair, it is not going to be with your vertebrae stacked one over another in perfect symmetry like a high-rise building. Your spine has three curves at the neck, the middle and the base, and they are perfectly healthy and desirable. Keeping your spine in a straight line means your back shouldn’t be bent to a side when you sleep, which is what happens in say a loose hammock or a mattress lacking in tautness. Nor should it be too raised, like lying on the floor or without a proper pillow. A straight spine allows proper air supply, blood circulation as well as space for the internal organs to be relaxed.

Straight Spine

  • Relaxed muscles

    This one is by far the easiest to identify. When you’re trying to sleep, having any muscle sit tight is really counter-intuitive. If you cannot sleep in a relaxed position, chances are you’re going to have a troubled sleep anyway. Enquire what is causing your muscles to be tense. Is it because the bed or mattress is not built properly? Is it because you’re sleeping in a posture that ordinarily would be uncomfortable? Or maybe your posture is ok but your mind is tense.

    A lot of times, muscles are easy to relax since so many of them are under voluntary control. Take a deep breath and let them loosen up. If you’re forced to keep them tense, it might not be healthy after the first handful of nights.

  • Comfortable temperatures

    This one’s a no brainer too. You wear loose clothing while sleeping because it makes it easier to regulate your body temperature and thus makes things comfortable. But all of that goes down the drain if you bury yourself in blankets, or cover your face with pillows or otherwise hamper your body’s access to the heat sink in the environment. Your body temperature usually falls when you go to sleep. And if areas remain warm (or for that matter, get too cold), your body is going to be up all night maintaining the temperature, either by sweating, shivering or making you get up for a drink of water.

    Keep yourself properly protected from the weather, whatever that may entail. Switch on fans if it’s hot and loose the tight clothing. If it’s cold, wear something warm to bed, have a good blanket over yourself. The thermostat is your friend. This is an important part of your sleeping position as well.

 

The relationship between sleeping position and general posture

Before we take the leap to telling you how to better your posture by sleeping right, let us try to illuminate the connection between the two.

You spend anywhere between 6 to 9 hours sleeping. For the average human being, no other single activity occupies this long a time slot in the 24 hour day. So naturally, the positions one keeps one’s body in during this time gains a lot of salience with regard to the posture and health in general as well.

So now that there’s a clear connection between sleep position and posture, let’s see how you can improve your posture by sleeping properly.

How to improve posture with your sleeping positions?

Posture is influenced by a variety of factors. Sleeping positions are not just one of them, but making a conscious effort to sleep in a proper position can actually influence other factors, beginning a cascading effect that boosts your health.

Here are proper positions to sleep in:

  • The log position

    Simply put, you sleep like a log. You lie on your back, have a proper support under your head and rest yourself as usual. Some might have too much bending in their middle back, a solution for which is to keep a pillow under the knees. The log position is the easiest to keep the spine in a straight line. But opposed to common perception, the log position is not all that common.

    Benefits of the log position include having a wide space for the chest to expand while breathing, allowing more air inside. It is easy to detect problems in posture in this position. The body is also more accustomed to keeping the core straight this way.

  • The side position

    Sleeping on the side can help a lot of people, like those with a big belly. Many old and obese people are also known to benefit from the position since the weight of the chest shifts, allowing more expansion in the lungs and better breath-ability. However, the side sleeper faces some trouble with regards to spinal alignment. If your mattress is too loose, your spine bends low and that can cause you aches. If it is too taut, there is a different sort of bend produced, which isn’t desirable either. Modern mattresses like memory foam are designed to give you a proper hug that keeps your weight equally distributed giving you a proper spinal alignment, which can help you alleviate a lot of posture related trouble.

  • The sprawl

    Sprawling is a good position to sleep in. You expose more area to the air allowing better heat exchange, which can be a boon in the hot months. Your centre of gravity is also pretty low in this condition, which makes it very stable to lie in.

    Of course, the sprawl is not without its share of problems either. Your middle spine can bend too low in this position, and the discomfort naturally prompts many people to stuff a pillow close to the chest or stomach for added comfort.

    Regarding posture, sprawl helps many in back pain caused by bad posture during waking hours. It also helps many sleep better due to more cooling, which can help your body focus on repairing wear and tear of the body.

  • The Fetal position

    Contrary to what many believe, the fetal position can actually be helpful to sleep in. Since you’re curled up when you sleep, you can keep your core warm, which is a blessing if you sleep in a cold room. The spine remains curled, which means it doesn’t need a lot of support to stay properly aligned. A lot of people can only sleep comfortably in the fetal position. The only disadvantage with this is that if you are too curled up, your chest might not have enough space to expand enough to facilitate proper breathing. If you face this problem, you should rectify your posture by making conscious effort at nights to sleep in a more open position. Adjust yourself whenever you wake up, that’s all it takes.

Positions to avoid while sleeping are next:

  • Sleeping on your back

    Sleeping on your back is very, very unhealthy. Not only does it not allow you proper liberty to breathe deeply, but the bent neck also makes the air passage constricted, further reducing oxygen intake. That’s not all either. Your spine is also likely to have an unhealthy bent since a flat stomach doesn’t really provide a lot of resistance to weight, while big stomachs leave no scope of a properly bent middle spine.

  • Sleeping on the edge of the bed

    No matter how much your mattress salesman sang about the superior edge design of your mattress, it is never a good idea to sleep on the very edge. Not only do you run the obvious risk of falling down, but protruding an arm or a leg outside the supported surface produces a bend in your body’s core which makes for a very unhealthy posture.

  • Sleeping with a bad pillow

    An ideal pillow lies in the Goldilocks zone of thickness. If it is too thin, your head will be bent backwards, making breathing difficult, and also making you more likely to snore. Similarly, thick pillows or pillows that are too fluffy make your cervical area bend too much, once again constricting the air passage while also making you more likely to develop chronic neck pain.

Correct your position while you sleep, and you might get a lot of benefit in your posture while you wake. I hope this helps.

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How to design your bedroom for a better sleep? https://www.mattressify.com/design-bedroom-better-sleep/ https://www.mattressify.com/design-bedroom-better-sleep/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:08:04 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1750 An ideal bedroom is not just a closed space with a futon in it. It is a room that is meant to do so much. You rest in it, have sex in it, weep in it after a break-up, watch you-tube videos in it and eat junk while wrapping yourself in the sheets. A bedroom is the most important part of the house! So it makes sense that one pays attention to it, taking care of how it is designed, arranged and also how it comes off to others apart from yourself. Why better a bedroom’s design? Because a bedroom

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An ideal bedroom is not just a closed space with a futon in it. It is a room that is meant to do so much. You rest in it, have sex in it, weep in it after a break-up, watch you-tube videos in it and eat junk while wrapping yourself in the sheets. A bedroom is the most important part of the house! So it makes sense that one pays attention to it, taking care of how it is designed, arranged and also how it comes off to others apart from yourself.

Why better a bedroom’s design? Because a bedroom is a space that you relax in. It is meant for respite from the world; it is every person’s safe place where they can say, think and feel whatever they want, however they want. Besides, making your bedroom a more welcoming space makes it more conducive to proper rest, which can boost your performance at work, school or in your social circles. Nobody would want to pass on that, right?

There’s 3 major components of each bedroom. One is the bed, of course. The second is the area around the bed, like the curtains, the side table, the electrical socket and the alarm clock. The third are the ambient factors, such as the room’s temperature when you’re sleeping, the amount of light in the room and how silent or noisy it usually is. Taking care of these factors is all you need to do to design the perfect bedroom for yourself.

How to design your bedroom for a better sleep

Also, contrary to the popular image of what it means to design the perfect magazine-worthy bedroom, you needn’t spend a small fortune on your bedroom. Most of the things you need to make the perfect resting place are pretty common to find at hardware stores, and they’re cheap too. You can invest as much or as little as you want; you’re designing your bedroom to rest well, not to have it photographed by a rag’s photographer.
Without further ado, I present to you the steps you need to follow to design the perfect bedroom for a better nightly rest.

Make the bed cozy

A cozy bed is sort of the whole point of having a nice bedroom. It is the central idea of the space, and so you need to decide on it first. If you’re designing a bed for a kid, maybe they’ll want a racecar bed or one that’s shaped like a castle. If it’s for someone who’s old, you’d probably want a lower bedframe. Then, depending upon personal choice, you can choose the number of pillows and buy bedsheets, foot rugs and decorations for the frame if you’d like. There is no one single way to go about this.

What you absolutely need to take care about is whether the stuff goes with your requirements or not. For most adults, a regular bed frame made of metal or wood works great. Get one based upon your height and the kind of mattress you plan on putting on this bed frame. If you’re not decided between the size of the mattress yet, get a regular bed frame but make sure it can have its top extended to accommodate bigger padding.

Get the perfect mattress

Mattresses are not just about the size they come in; there’s a lot that depends upon the make of the mattress itself. We don’t encourage people to chase brands, even though a bigger brand is often more likely to provide better after-sale services. More important than the brand is the material the mattress is made out of, the structure and build of the mattress and properties like how taut it is and how quickly it cools when you switch sides on the mattress.

There are memory foam mattresses that can give your body a better hug by curving appropriately around your curves. There are air mattresses that you can carry along with yourself to camping trips. There are latex mattresses, known for their hypoallergenic properties. And there are the traditional innerspring mattresses that have been around for generations now. A mattress should be firm enough to support your spine, yet fluffy enough to not make you feel like you’re sleeping on the pavement. The edges need to be well supported. You can find more about the traits of a good mattress in our exhaustive post here.

Use minimum lighting

You’re going to be sleeping in your bedroom; it is obvious you’ll need little lighting for some shut eye. But there needs to be enough lighting to see where you’re walking, or read a book in bed. Lamps prove the best for this purpose, since lampshades take away the sharpness to a large extent. Apart from that, there are people who are fond of using rice lights, or pipe lighting to decorate or accentuate their bedrooms. You can opt for that as well.

dim light for better sleep

What you need to watch out for is that the lighting should not bother you while you’re trying to sleep. The best idea is to switch off all lamps and lights before going to bed. It is also the most obvious. But if you want to leave some lights on, you can always dull them if they bother you. For example, Christmas lights can be dulled by wrapping them in cellophane, or putting paints or polishes comfortable with heat on the faces of bulbs that face you. It can even make for some interesting effects.

Paint the place in soothing colors

If I had a penny for every time someone painted their bedroom in the brightest, burliest yellows and reds and then had their mornings ruined, I’d be a very rich man. Just because you have a favorite among all the colors doesn’t mean you should splash it on your bedroom walls. Colors that are too bright often light up the room with the early morning sun, and that is not the best sight to wake up too. Too much of the same color can also make you feel woozy in the morning, and that’s not the best note to begin your day with.

The trick with colors is to choose the most ordinary, nonthreatening ones, so your room can have a relaxing ambiance. Pastel shades are often appreciated in this regard. An added benefit is that your art and mantle pieces will not have to fight against the background to pop out. If pastel shades are not your thing, you can always go for dull colors like light pinks and subtle blues to keep the ambiance calm and friendly.

But it’s not just the walls you need to paint properly. Take care of the colors of carpets and bed linen as well, since they’re likely to occupy a significant portion of the room’s space and hence might give you the same sort of trouble as walls. Also important is to take note of where you place the mirror. Place it somewhere it doesn’t catch the sun, or you might have the reflection glaring at you at unwelcome times.

Put in drapes and curtains

Everyone knows the importance of curtains, and yet nobody seems to have a clue about what to look for when buying them. Luckily, there is nothing too difficult about finding good curtains and drapes for the bedroom. You need only take care of the color and texture of the curtain, and whether or not it fades with time.

Put in drapes and curtains

A curtain’s color in the bedroom should ideally gel with the walls, but many also choose to make it contrast with it. Bright shades are better avoided when choosing curtains, unless you want them to catch the sun and make the room brighter than any sleeping man would prefer. Dark shades help cut the amount of light entering the room in the morning. Curtains also save you from a lot of stray noise that can disturb your sleep. They reduce light pollution of the city that you see at night. One must remember to clean them periodically, however.

Invest in sound proofing

Many people are bothered by the loud honks, the sirens and the sound of passing trains, which are the hallmarks of a city life. They don’t think it affects their sleep, but it really does hamper sleep quality quite a bit. Even though you’re sleeping like a log, the loud noises outside might not be letting you relax fully, making you wake up without adequate rest. Even if your part of the city is relatively quiet, you can get a whole lot of disturbance from the neighbors. Sound proofing is really helpful if that concerns you.

A Guide to Decide Your Mattress As Per Your Sleep Posture

If you cannot afford a commercial sound proofing service, there are a lot of remedies you can employ to quieten the room for your sleep. Shutting doors and windows is a no brainier. Curtains, drapes, carpets and similar soft material absorb sound and reduce its intensity. You can also use noise cancelling headphones. It is important to note that none of these methods make for a completely silent room. But you don’t need complete silence anyway, just little enough to be able to rest properly.

Get the temperature right

A big component of a bedroom’s ambiance is the temperature it stays in when you’re asleep. Though you can make it with no health lost through some pretty extreme temperatures, that is largely because your body can control your temperature to a suitable degree. It is different when you’re sleeping, though. If your body is busy fighting the elements at night, you won’t have a very restful sleep.

Get the temperature right

The temperature of the room should be comfortable enough for you to sleep in. There’s no exact range, and people prefer as low as 20 Degree Celsius to as much as 35 Degree Celsius to sleep peacefully in. Setting the temperature too high could make you sweat a lot and wake up abruptly due to a parched throat. Setting it too low could mean you spend the night shivering, or wake up with an ache in the morning. Plus, did you know sleeping in colder rooms is associated with higher chances of having nightmares?

Your body will thank you if you sleep at a suitable temperature. You can always modify the temperature using a thermostat. But if you’re out camping, or in a place that doesn’t have central heating, you can use radiaters, electric heaters, hot water bottles or ceiling/table fans to feel more at ease.

Clean your room

How is cleaning my room going to make me sleep better, I am often asked. There is little or no association one can ordinarily discern between the two. But trust me, there is. Clean rooms are naturally more appealing to the human mind, and are often associated with positive feelings such as comfort, trust and relaxation. That is certainly conducive to good sleep. But that’s not all.

Good rooms, quite intuitively, prevent the risk of hurting yourself, because you’re less likely to bump into something, or step on something that can cause you grief for quite some time at night. Discomfort often wakes up our minds with a jolt and it can be hard to go back to sleep. Even if you do, the quality of sleep still never matches that of an uninterrupted sleep.

There’s more. With dirty rooms and living spaces come bacteria, mites and pests like rats and ants. You really don’t want those foul odors, the little sqweaks at night, or the associated health risks. So pick up the plate after you eat and wash it in the sink instead of leaving it under the bed. Vacuum the place once a week. You could even go a bit further and get a nice blend of essential oils to add to water and mist the place with to get rid of any odors or unwelcome smells.

An air purifier could help

In my previous apartment, I was surrounded by pet loving families. I love pets. But they have too much hair flying in the air, or dirt they kick up that loves to irritate my breathing tracts. I found an air purifier of much use there. Even though I’ve moved to a better apartment now, I still have my trusty air purifier in my bedroom.

Don’t get me wrong. Exposure to germs is vital to keep your immune system fit and running ok. But there are far too many pollutants in the city air that are not the best when it comes to health. It is also a fact that they can prevent you from sleeping fine at night.

An air purifier comes for a reasonable price, and many just need to be plugged in. Left to their own devices, they bring down the amount of pollutants in the air by quite a bit. They’re a great idea for newborn kids and the elderly with predispositions to breathing trouble.

Try using some white noise to sleep

Sometimes, even though everything is perfect with the room, something just doesn’t let you fall asleep. White noise is pretty helpful in such times. It not just lets you fall asleep, but people claim they get better quality of sleep when they go to bed listening to it.

You can find a lot of white noise tracks on YouTube or other free media sites. You can put them on on your deck, or use earphones or headphones to listen to them when you’re trying to sleep. If the generic white noise thing isn’t your cup of tea, there’s always nature tracks to try out. My favorite is the sound of rain.

Want a third option? Well, there’s this song that was created scientifically to calm people, and it has been noted to work on a startling number of people. In fact, it is advised to be avoided when you’re driving. Here’s the video. Put on your headphones and sit back.

Accessories!

A bedroom need not just be a place to go to sleep in, you know? You should be allowed to go and paint in it, or snack in it, or dress up in it. A room is comfortable when it gives you reason to be in it. A dressing corner, a canvas and some paint and a few potted plants can all do wonders to a bedroom and make it more attractive and warm to your weary eyes. There’s decoration ideas you can employ too, like hanging dream-catchers, putting some origami pieces on a thread and hanging them at corners, or just putting in a stand alone lamp. Artwork on the walls is a good idea too. As long as you stay clear of clutter, you should be OK. And it’s fun to accessories too!

Boy, that’s a long list! For something that appears to be so simple, designing your own bedroom sure is a lot of work. But it sure is rewarding. I really recommend people design their own bedrooms because it makes the space that much more intimate, and that goes a long way in making you comfortable in it.

In case you didn’t go through the entire thing, or lost track of the previous steps by venturing ahead, we have a short summary for you below. In case you need help with any of the points, you can refer to the write up for it above. So, let’s get started.

Summing up bedroom design for beginners:

Designing your own bedroom makes your private space that much more intimate, like we discussed. So, we began with several points you could use to bring the bed, the surroundings and the ambiance in harmony with your needs. The first was to make the bed cozy, which means you get a proper bed-frame that is suitable to your height or sprawl space needs. Then, you get a good mattress, which is the second order of business. There are several types of mattresses as we have discussed several times on this blog, each with their own unique properties. You can buy one for a neat price almost anywhere. Third, it is important to use minimum lighting when you’re sleeping. Switching off lamps and bulbs is a no brainier, but you can go further and close the curtains to keep out external light pollution. Painting the place in soothing colors was fourth, since we don’t want to be jolted awake by the morning sun reflecting off the bright yellow walls straight into our eyes.

It is unhealthy and makes the room feel hotter than it is. Next, you put in drapes and curtains to shut out the noise and light from outside, as well as to enhance the look inside and make things appear softer. Invest in sound proofing at the sixth step, and you will not be bothered by dogs barking at twilight, neighbors partying like it’s the end of the world or cars passing by with speakers blasting. Beginning with ambient factors, fixing the temperature of the room stands at seven. Your body temperature usually goes down when you’re resting, and if the temperature outside is not suitable for proper functioning of the body, your body will not be fully at rest. Plus, you’ll probably wake up with a parched throat if the temperature is too hot, or have an ache somewhere if it was too cold. Cleaning your room regularly is the next order of business.

You don’t want to step on something sharp on your way to get a glass of water. Cleaning the bedroom also makes sure there are less opportunities for bacteria and microbes to thrive, or for mice to pay you a visit. Air purifiers help further keep the air sanitary, and cut down dust, pollen and microbes in the air to help you sleep better. They are highly recommended for newborns and the elderly. Tenth, we recommended using some white noise to fall asleep, in case you have trouble. There’s other options besides the TV-snow voice, like nature sounds or a track we shared with you (scroll up and put your headphones on). And finally, our last advise was to decorate your bedroom to make it more welcoming, and to use the space for more than just sleeping. You can paint, read, watch movies or meditate in the bedroom. All of it makes the space more accessible and warm to the mind, which can make you feel comfortable when you’re trying to sleep.

So folks, keep your smartphones in a corner and get busy bettering your sleeping space. It’s going to be very rewarding when you sleep better and wake up to a more cheerful, welcoming room. I’ll love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

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Leesa vs. Casper Mattress: An In-Depth Comparison https://www.mattressify.com/leesa-vs-casper-mattress-depth-comparison/ https://www.mattressify.com/leesa-vs-casper-mattress-depth-comparison/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:51:30 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1737 Leesa and Casper are mattress companies often pitted against each other on the internet over the quality and affordability of their products. There are tens of reviews and comparisons made between them, so it gets confusing when it comes to deciding between the two for your own bedroom. In this post, we’re going to attempt comparing them in a manner that is less exhaustive but most efficient. Not because the details don’t matter, but because you don’t need any more complications in evaluations to choose between the two. First, a Quick Introduction: If you stumbled upon this post while looking

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Leesa and Casper are mattress companies often pitted against each other on the internet over the quality and affordability of their products. There are tens of reviews and comparisons made between them, so it gets confusing when it comes to deciding between the two for your own bedroom. In this post, we’re going to attempt comparing them in a manner that is less exhaustive but most efficient. Not because the details don’t matter, but because you don’t need any more complications in evaluations to choose between the two.

First, a Quick Introduction:

If you stumbled upon this post while looking for a general mattress, the first thing you should know about Leesa and Casper Mattresses is that they are meant for the slightly well off market, priced almost triple of what you must pay for more commonplace brands. You can think of them as luxury mattresses; they certainly have features to back up the title.

Both Leesa and Casper Mattresses are fairly recent players in the mattress market, and their products come at roughly the same price. Both of them are start-ups and associated with some pretty interesting public figures. Casper received funding from the likes on Adam Levine and Tobey Maguire. Leesa on the other hand is co-founded by David Wolfe.

Why pit Leesa vs Casper Mattresses against each other?

It can be a little daunting to look at so many reviews and websites throwing up jargon on the screen and expecting to make a point. The truth is you don’t need so many factors and outlooks to decide between the two mattresses. For the most part, Leesa and Casper Mattresses are mostly comparable in terms of comfort and price.

For this precise reason, it also becomes important to compare between the two (you can’t order half on each and sleep on the one you like better, right?). So instead of the myriad of factors invoked to make one mattress look superior to the other, let’s get down to the ones that really matter.

Casper Vs Leesa

For example, it is wiser to try a mattress for how much or how little motion transfer it allows. When you’re dealing with luxury mattresses, you can be assured they’re both going to feel like a million bucks under you. Any comparison between two high end mattresses is likely to be a case of splitting hairs. Also, since there is no scientific standard of comfort or a reliable graduation system, you’re possibly reading a very biased opinion.

Similarly, for a mattress this high in price, it is not important to ask if the mattress has good texture on top. What can matter is whether the company treats you well after you’re done unwrapping your brand new mattress. Or if the mattress is easy to maintain or tough to even drag out. All of that is going to matter. And hopefully, it’ll save you some time reading redundant adjectives.

Let’s get right to it, then!

Motion Transfer: Leesa vs Casper Mattress

To give a fair understanding, motion transfer is what you experience when your co-sleeper has a disturbed sleep and shifts around in bed a lot. On a common mattress, every time the person next to you moves, you can tell because the mattress bends to a different pressure profile. It is great if it can be minimized. Less motion transfer can mean a better sleep for many.

Better motion transfer can be achieved by designing the mattress in a manner that allows area specific bending of the product. It is why Innerspring mattresses come with that wineglass test picture on their boxes.

The wine glass test can be a good way to test the mattress. Maybe try using water instead of wine to avoid staining the mattress in case of a spill. We observed both mattresses responding similarly to the wine glass test. There was a little movement in the water, but it might be because we put the mattresses on the ground.

Overall, the Casper Mattress fares a tiny bit better, but for all practical purposes, they’re the same in terms of motion transfer.

Post Sales Services

Even the best mattress is sure to have its issues. Be it a tiny tear you notice a few days after opening the mattress, or rarely, a defective mattress you end up with, you need the company to step in, take responsibility and make sure your investment was not for nothing.

Leesa and Casper have their customer care phone numbers on their websites, and you should find it easy to contact them through other routes as well, like through email. For the test, we bought both mattresses through Amazon, and it was easy to get in touch with them either.

In terms of politeness and response, Leesa felt a little better to us, though it might have well been a difference between customer care executives we got to talk to at random. Calling one better than the other on this criteria would be a silly conclusion for the sake of arriving at one.

Maintenance

This is where the big tie begins to break. Standard mattress cleaning is simple. You vacuum the mattress with an upholstery tool thoroughly. You sprinkle baking soda generously over the surface and let it sit for a few hours. And then you vacuum it all out. That’s the easy bit.

The real challenge comes when you have to lug the mattress around, like when you want to sun out bacteria that are natural to develop months or a year into use. Leesa is a whole 12 pounds lighter than Casper, and that counts for a significant reduction in effort when you’re trying to carry it around from room to room or into the open air. Even as the dimensions are same, the weight makes a significant difference.

Maintenance

Other than this, we did not face much trouble cleaning or maintaining them. So overall, the Leesa Mattress fares better than Casper in terms of portability, but if that is not a major concern for you, Casper can still be a superior choice on account of the previous factor.

Does this help you pick one of the two? I hope it does.

If it doesn’t it might help you to consider some features of peripheral importance about the mattress and the company they come from. Both companies are recent start-ups with quite eclectic ideals and approaches to business. Let’s get to it, then.

Leesa Mattress: Some Highlights

Leesa is a pretty well known for its lack of stores where you can check out the mattress before buying it. Surprisingly, the customers we met were mostly happy with the arrangement. They rated the mattress high in terms of comfort. And the 100 night refund surely played its part in making them feel confident about the entire deal.

The USP of Leesa mattresses lies in the much advertised Avena Foam which lays over the lower density memory foam in a 2 Inch layer. Most other mattresses prefer to put the low density memory foam within the top 1.5 Inches of the surface. The risk pays off, believing what customers have to say.

The remaining construction of the mattress is pretty standard, following the memory foam route. The low density memory foam layer of 2 Inches meant for contouring the mattress to fit the body’s curve is well supplemented by a 6 Inch High Density Memory Foam layer which serves to keep the mattress sufficiently supportive and taut. There is decent bounce in the mattress as well.

Avena foam puts Leesa one step ahead of most other memory foam mattresses, however. Memory foam distorts only with application of body heat. This is great for contouring, but it often results in heat being stored too close to the body, making it necessary for you to shift through the night to sleep at peace. Avena Foam keeps the mattress cool by virtue of its very build.

USPs:

  • The design and decoration of the mattress is on spot. The 4 stripes are pretty, and you can use Leesa’s blanket to further embellish your bed.
  • The mattress is claimed to be 100% made in the USA. It is just nice to know for your patriotic side.
  • Leesa ships free. Plus, it is a really convenient box to bring inside and set up.
  • Also, the company donates one mattress to a shelter for every ten they sell. This One-ten program is pretty nice to be a part of.
  • The star of the show is definitely the 100 day return policy. You can try your mattress out, and most probably it’ll fit you like a dream. But on the off chance it doesn’t, you can call the company and ask for the mattress to be returned. Customers’ reports indicate a good response to any such requests, so the promise seems reliable.

There’s a lot Leesa can do for you. Does Casper hold up to it? Only one way of finding out. Read more about Casper Mattresses below.

Casper Mattresses: Some Highlights

Casper mattresses are standard looking, almost to the extent of being plain. But looks notwithstanding, this can be one hell of a purchase. The mattress, like Leesa, is built in 4 layers.  Like Leesa, it offers a 100 Night Trial as well with free returns in case you don’t find it up to your expectations.

Casper recommends putting the queen mattress in a room that is at least 10*10 Square Feet. Composed of 4 layers of foam, each with a specific function, it is no surprise the mattress receives such enthusiastic response from customers satisfied by its services.

The highlight of the construction is the blend of two unlikely partners; a soft latex layer and a somewhat harder memory foam. The resulting mattress sleeps cooler than most memory foam mattresses, has hypoallergenic properties due to the latex and also offers the requisite support to the body in the right contours, adjusting itself with change in pressure with application of your body heat.

The conceptualization and building are something Casper is vocally proud on, claiming to have explored more than 100 configurations before narrowing down to 24 beta models that were tested. The process afterwards has all been about human testing by multiple people from all walks of life.

Casper also proudly proclaims the many times it has been recognized by many big magazines, which include Forbes, Time and Refinery29 among others. But what sets it apart from Leesa is that Casper has a 10 year warranty that it makes good of for its customers.

USPs:

  • The mattress comes with a 10 year warranty. Most common mattresses offer just one year. It clearly speaks of superiority of the mattress with respect to the common ones. It also justifies the price with the peace of mind you get versus when you have a one year warranty.
  • Easy shipment helps the customer get the mattress directly from the company, without involving middlemen. This can effectively cut the price to one third of what is otherwise the norm to ask, so you know you’re not being conned by a mattress store salesman. Nobody hates a bad deal.
  • The mattress has a layer of latex, which contributes its hypodermic properties to reduce growth of mites and germs, making it much less prone to foul smells and stenches as well as keeping you safe from possible skin and respiratory tract infections.

There’s so much you can get out of your mattresses that it can be hard to keep track of all the features individually. Ultimately, it is your comfort and a more innate feeling of satisfaction that determines whether your mattress is right for you. The reason both Leesa and Casper are shaking up the mattress market is verily this. They are ready to refund your money entirely, and they understand no amount of salesman pitch can keep a customer sleep better on an inferior product. Despite the somewhat high prices, they’ve figured out the way the mattress market is going to find a future in. And this might just be the end of mattress sellers who don’t go with this trend.

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What is the Best Bed for a Side Sleeper with Chronic Lower Back Pain | A Sleep Guide https://www.mattressify.com/best-bed-side-sleeper-chronic-lower-back-pain-sleep-guide/ https://www.mattressify.com/best-bed-side-sleeper-chronic-lower-back-pain-sleep-guide/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:40:38 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1696 Finding a good bed to sleep in is one of those things that are really important to peoples’ well being but are summarily looked away from by virtually everyone. You cannot have a decent night’s sleep if your bed is lumpy, doesn’t support your body properly or otherwise causes you discomfort. So it is important that we discuss about proper beds, and especially for side sleepers, who get really bad deals while buying beds for themselves. The common paradigm employed when designing mattresses is that people sleep on their backs. Even as the position is employed by only 15% people

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Finding a good bed to sleep in is one of those things that are really important to peoples’ well being but are summarily looked away from by virtually everyone. You cannot have a decent night’s sleep if your bed is lumpy, doesn’t support your body properly or otherwise causes you discomfort. So it is important that we discuss about proper beds, and especially for side sleepers, who get really bad deals while buying beds for themselves.

The common paradigm employed when designing mattresses is that people sleep on their backs. Even as the position is employed by only 15% people (though the number is corroborated by sparse research), it attains undue importance and dictates how the world sleeps. On the contrary, side sleepers, especially people who sleep in the foetal position (41%) have to make do with beds and mattresses that are not suitable for them in terms of both health and comfort.

The pressure and the profiles: How position demands performance

Different sleeping positions need different sorts of beds and mattresses. With each shift in position, your weight shifts on the bed, and that can give you a different pressure at each point on your body. We’ve talked in earlier posts about how different positions people are habituated to sleeping in can affect their spinal health. Managing those risks has a lot to do with how your mattresses and beds take your weight.

best bed for a side sleeper

People who sleep on their backs exert more pressure on the mattress at four points as compared to the rest of the body. These are head, the middle of the shoulders, the hip and at the lower leg. So the mattress ordinarily bends at these 4 positions more than it does at say the neck or the small of the back. The profile changes significantly when you’re a side sleeper, however. If you’re usually curled up in the fetal position, your body will probably be better supported at the head with pillows, but it will exert more pressure at the top of the shoulders, at the abdomen and hips and at the knees. Also, the more you curl up, the higher the net pressure in the region becomes, which can increase how much your mattress sags

Chronic lower back pain if caused by an inappropriate sleeping position has a better chance at being managed if you keep your body properly supported while asleep. This involves using a proper mattress, getting pillows of a healthy thickness and positioning them appropriately and also managing your sleep routine through active effort. If you suffer from Chronic back pain and also happen to prefer sleeping on your side, you might just find somewhere to begin the journey to a better, healthier life here.

There are few absolutes in the beds and mattresses industry, since so much decision and processing is taken care of based on the subjective feelings of comfort. But there are still effective criteria easy to judge mattresses upon to get better performance and usability. Let’s see what those are.

The material of the bed

The most common beds commercially available are made out of metal or wood. Both have their own benefits. For example, Aluminum beds are sturdy and light to lift. Many might even be foldable. On the other hand, wood is easy to transport and you might be able to get yours for cheaper if you get it without assembly.

There are other materials you might find as well, like beds with plastic frames covering the base structure to give a fancy look (really popular with kids), or beds meant to be completely covered by your mattress or bed linen. You can also go ahead and customise the bed with a custom back rest, or hang mosquito nets from an embroidery hoop to make the bedroom interesting.

The only thing to watch out for is whether or not the bed material is sturdy. It shouldn’t suspend the mattress to the open air too much underneath, like if you have a mesh of metal strips. Such an arrangement would cause even the strongest mattress to develop sags at unwelcome locations and that can ruin the amount of support your back receives.

The material of the mattress

A lot of people swear by memory foam mattresses and tout their ability to magically cure your backaches. But contrary to what they explain, it is not because the memory foam is somehow endowed with consciousness and empathy, but because they often produce a pressure-dependent hug profile, which also happens to stay that way for a little longer than ordinary mattresses. It helps a lot of people rest a lot more comfortably.

But it is not necessary for your mattress to be made of memory foam to rest better as a side sleeper with chronic back pain. If you can find a mattress with proper weight distribution and it happens to be latex or an innerspring mattress, there is no need to reject it. You need not buy a new mattress if the pressure profile in your current mattress isn’t satisfactory either. There are toppers you can invest in instead, which come for a fraction of the cost but might just get your back properly supported when you sleep.

The size of the mattress

It is obvious that curling up on a twin mattress will not leave you with a lot of scope to move around in your sleep. With a mattress this small, you can be sure the squeeze is going to be a lot more cupped and uncomfortable. The same continues with full size mattresses for most people, though it might suit some with a shorter height. A Queen Split mattress is really the bare minimum I recommend to people, even though they are side sleepers and think they don’t need the length. You can of course go as big as you want. If you have a room and a bed frame that’s big enough, big mattresses pose little danger.

Making Healthy mattresses comfortable

A mattress is a lot like food; the healthiest ones are often the least fun to consume. But thankfully, mattresses are really open to a lot of modifications that can make your periods of rest periods you enjoy. Most mattresses are already designed with a prime focus on comfort one feels while resting on a mattress. But in case that doesn’t help, there’s a few tips you can use to make your mattress more attractive to sleep on.

Get fluffier, lighter sheets

A lot of people choose the wrong bed linen. Everybody has their preferences. However, nothing gets the job done as nicely as cotton. Cotton is light on the skin, doesn’t charge up with electricity with your movements, and it also helps your skin cool much better. The benefit with fluffy sheets is that they leave scope for a lot more air to convey body heat away, which keeps you much more comfortable. Worried about dirt? Getting bed covers can do wonders. The same standards as bed sheets can be used for blankets as well.

Get more pillows

Pillows translate to comfort in our minds. And it is true. Getting more pillows can make the bed seem more like a cloud in the sky, and it is also really handy to stuff them at relevant places to get better comfort and support for the body. However, watch out for the type of pillows you use, and whether or not they are fluffed enough. Pillows should also be the proper thickness when resting your head on them so as to keep your neck in proper alignment with respect to the spine. Also, make sure the pillows don’t get too heavy, or you’ll have trouble dragging them close to you in your sleep.

Use drapes and ambiance enhancers

When all else fails, you can make your bed a lot more comfortable by making the ambiance more in tune with the vibe of comfort. Interlacing Christmas lights around the bed posts, throwing in a few indoor plants, putting a coat of paint of a soothing color on the walls, it can all contribute to making your bed more comfortable. You can even make an aroma atomizer that disperses a diluted solution of your favorite essential oil and use it to make your bed more pleasant. Your body will certainly thank you for tricking it into comfort on a mattress that is good for your back pain as a side sleeper.

We have had a lot of good mattresses listed on our site, with several of them helpful in chronic back pain. Your doctor should be able to help you out further in the matter. If you have any more queries about finding the best bed for side sleepers with chronic back pain, be sure to comment them down below so we can address them in future posts.

 

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A Guide to Decide Your Mattress As Per Your Sleep Posture (Infographic) https://www.mattressify.com/guide-decide-mattress-per-sleep-posture/ https://www.mattressify.com/guide-decide-mattress-per-sleep-posture/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:23:36 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1656 An average human spends 1/3rd of his life sleeping, A wise man once said “if you earn a bit of extra money then you should spend it on something that you do for a majority of your life which is sleeping”.If invested right your mattress can serve you beyond your imagination, Your whole health depends upon what kind of mattress you have, how much ease does your lumbar get and the hours of your deep sleep.The very first thing to be checked here is your bed, is it having the right posture and aligned according to your lumbar. What material

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An average human spends 1/3rd of his life sleeping, A wise man once said “if you earn a bit of extra money then you should spend it on something that you do for a majority of your life which is sleeping”.

If invested right your mattress can serve you beyond your imagination, Your whole health depends upon what kind of mattress you have, how much ease does your lumbar get and the hours of your deep sleep.

The very first thing to be checked here is your bed, is it having the right posture and aligned according to your lumbar. What material is it made up of. You need to take care of all the minute details to ensure a good night sleep.

Know what is best as per your sleeping style

  • People who love to sleep on either of their side generally tend to have spine problems so they should look for bed which is stress relieving and supports spines. If this is you then go with Hybrid Mattress.
  • If you love just dozing off watching your fan then you will require a mattress with strong lumbar support. Go with a latex mattress.
  • Least amount of people sleep this way but if you sleep on your stomach then you will require a memory foam mattress that relieves any type of pressure on your body.

The better your body weight is distributed on the mattress, the better sleep you will get. Ideally 8% weight should be of your head, 33% of shoulders, 44% of hips followed by 15% of legs.

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People who tend to complain about lower back pain are generally who are stomach sleepers which is due to their wrong sleeping position. If you are one of them then get yourself a mattress which adapts nicely to your body contours. Another set of people are the ones who complain about neck or shoulder pain which happens due to sleeping over a rough surface or hard foam. Don’t worry because the remedy is to change your mattress to a latex one which shall align your spine in correct position.

Secret sauce to deep sleep

Deep sleep depends on your environment where you sleep and lie down. Make sure you have a proper posture while hitting the bed, dim the lights, don’t see TV/phone prior to sleep and avoid having coffee. You can have warm milk or banana to ease your senses.

Quick Pointers

Research Well:

Always make sure to do the research before you do fix your choice. Make sure to find the best match as per your current conditions

See for Adjustable Beds:

With technology getting advanced something wise had to come and so there are many people who like the flexibility of electric beds.

No compromise on Comfort:

No matter what always prioritize your comfort while choosing your bed. It needs to appeal you more than anything else.


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Comparison Between Innerspring Mattress and Memory Foam https://www.mattressify.com/innerspring-vs-memory-foam/ https://www.mattressify.com/innerspring-vs-memory-foam/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:16:49 +0000 https://www.mattressify.com/?p=1470 The biggest chunk of competition in the mattress industry is arguably divided between memory foam mattresses and innersprings. Memory foam mattresses have a lot of marketability, given they are made from technology that was first employed in providing proper and adequate rest to astronauts. Innerspring mattresses of the other hand have been around for decades now, which means they are seen as the safer option. People researching online often get stuck on these two as well. The competitive pricing doesn’t help decide either. And not everyone knows everything about both, so i thought i should write a post to help

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The biggest chunk of competition in the mattress industry is arguably divided between memory foam mattresses and innersprings. Memory foam mattresses have a lot of marketability, given they are made from technology that was first employed in providing proper and adequate rest to astronauts. Innerspring mattresses of the other hand have been around for decades now, which means they are seen as the safer option.

People researching online often get stuck on these two as well. The competitive pricing doesn’t help decide either. And not everyone knows everything about both, so i thought i should write a post to help you compare between the two. So here goes.

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What sets Innerspring and Memory foam mattresses apart from the rest?

The two mattress types aren’t really poles apart. They do have some similarities, and share a lot of benefits. In fact, that makes a lot of people buy innerspring mattresses and use a memory foam topper with it to get the best of both worlds. Let’s see what’s great about these two, and what they have that other sorts of mattresses just cannot hope to offer.

  • The two mattresses have a steady tautness. Laying on a pocket coil mattress and a memory foam mattress is similar in terms of the way the bed hugs your contours, which is essential in providing proper spinal support.
  • Both mattresses are easier to clean than several other types on mattresses, like organic mattresses, latex mattresses and others.
  • Both of these can come significantly cheaper than other types, while maintaining a competitive quality standard.

With all of that said, there is certainly more to them than their similarities. There are several ways the two differ from each other, which is what can help you decide between the two.

How Innerspring and Memory Foam mattresses differ?

Having noted how Innerspring and Memory Foam mattresses are better than most mattresses of other variants the market has to offer, it is crucial to say they are not the same thing. Each has unique features and benefits to itself. Let’s see what they are, one by one.

Features of an Innerspring Mattress

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The traditional innerspring mattress consists of coils of spring sandwiched in two meshes of metal wire, covered on all sides with soft fluffy material like foam. Recent mattress makes, however, have reinvented the spring mattress in the style of air mattresses, taking a cue from their columnar support.

This latest innerspring design is called pocket spring, since each spring is individually encased in a pocket of fabric. The hard wire meshes are gone too, and most pocket springs now have foams of varying densities on top.

  • Innerspring mattresses are often observed retaining their elasticity for longer than most foam based mattresses.
  • You can get a mattress which uses both stiffer and softer springs, to get a proper balance of support (due to the former) and hug (due to the latter).
  • One amazing feature of pocket spring mattresses specifically is how flat they can be next to a compression. Since the springs compress individually and not according to the net weight, the surface next is not that affected by the load. So you’re less likely to be bothered if your co-sleeper shifts in bed at night.

Do keep in mind that a good innerspring mattress usually has between 1000 to 1500 springs. Anything higher is usually a marketing gimmick where smaller springs are incorporated to increase the count, even though they serve no real purpose.

What you need to know about Memory Foam Mattresses

Yes, Memory Foam was indeed used to help astronauts sleep. Now that that’s out on the way, let’s talk about what you’ll get when you get a memory foam mattress.

  • Memory Foam mattresses have been designed to get you a proper hug which not just gets you support but also makes the mattress feel plush.
  • Even as the mattress does that, you can find different sorts of memory foams. High density memory foam gets you support, and low density helps in the hug and comfort. Many models employ both.
  • A lot of memory foam mattresses also come with cooling gels that serve to aid in keeping heat away from your body for a comfortable rest.

Memory foam mattresses are comfortable because they have suppresses elasticity, if you will. They don’t immediately retract to their flat state when you switch positions, which serves to keep people a lot more comfortable when they do. The bed’s plushness is enhanced several degrees this way.

Which of the two to choose?

There is no rule of thumb that guarantees either of the two to be better than the other. Different users can feel differently. Some prefer Innerspring mattresses’ bounce and comfort, while others like Memory Foam for their superior edge support. Both can serve to get you a good night’s rest. And like many, you can always get a memory foam topper for an innerspring mattress.

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