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3 Mattress Selection Tips For A Healthy And Comfortable Sleep

3 Mattress Selection Tips For A Healthy And Comfortable Sleep

Do you want to have a healthy and pleasurable sleep? How we acquire our desired sleep is a choice we all have to make, which can vary from individual to individual.

Choosing between mattresses can be overwhelming. As a result, it can be hard to tell if you’re making the right choice or not. You spend 8 hours a day every day on a mattress, sometimes more, if you’re relaxing. Think about it, if you find yourself stuck with an uncomfortable mattress, are you really resting when your body isn’t relaxed? A good mattress selection does not only guarantee that you’ll have comfortable sleep, but it also ensures that your mind and your body will be healthy.

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While many people overlook the importance and benefits of a quality mattress, others understand that spending as much money and effort as you can to get a quality mattress is one of the greatest health investments you can ever make. A quality mattress guarantees undisturbed sleep, which aids proper blood flow, helps promote regeneration and repair in different parts of the body as you sleep, and of course, ensures that you experience harmony while obtaining a quality night of rest. Below, we examine tips for a quality mattress selection to get you the best sleep possible.

1. Know The Types Of Mattresses Available

Finding the perfect mattress is more than just walking into a mattress store and pressing or feeling the texture of the mattress to feel if it’s the right fit. A better tool for making a quality selection is having a good knowledge about mattress types before you step foot into a store or begin browsing options in an online shop that’s caught your attention. There are four major categories of mattresses, with different production processes and different cost associated with them.

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The four major categories of mattresses are:

  • Pocket Sprung Mattresses
  • Memory Mattresses
  • Latex Mattresses
  • Continuous and Open Coil Mattresses

When narrowing down your choices between mattress types, contact mattress suppliers or manufacturers to weigh your pros and cons between each of the options. Keep it in mind that price isn’t everything and remember that your individual comfort level should always be your first consideration.

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2. Note The Size And Support Of The Mattress

When you’re talking about sizes, a bigger bed will always be a better choice. There are many reasons for this. For those already suffering from back pain, upgrading the size of your mattress provides you with more space to avoid disturbance from potential partners, if you’re sharing your bed. For an individual who might be sleeping alone, it also provides enough space to move freely into suitable sleeping positions that guarantee a comfortable night of sleep.

When it comes to mattresses, most people assume, the firmer, the better. Well, they are mistaken. Firmer mattresses can cause hyperlordosis in some sleepers – so what might work for one person, might not work for the other. Choose a bed that is soft enough to allow you to sink in it  a little, while strong enough to support your weight in a way that doesn’t strain your muscles or negatively affect your sleep. Due to their cushioning, medium firm mattresses tend to be an ideal mattress choice for many.

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3. Try Before You Buy

One of the surest ways to know if the mattress you intend on buying is the one for you is to try it out. Carve out adequate time to rest on the mattress for at least 20 minutes and see how it supports you. Don’t forget, you will spend 8 hours everyday sleeping on the same mattress once you’ve made the choice so do all you have to do now to avoid any mistakes. You will surely regret it if you make a purchase without trying it out before you buy it, especially if it’s a brand you have never used before. It’s better to go into a mattress store and demo the mattress you want directly to ensure you are getting the best mattress for your individual sleeping/resting needs.

The best and most practical solution is to take your time, carefully examine the numerous options available, and make an informed choice about the mattress you find most comfortable and supportive. Also, considering your preferred sleeping positions is another great thing to keep in mind along the journey of making your mattress selection. Comfort always comes first. That’s how you sleep.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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