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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 February 25, 2020

Face Adversity with a Smile

Face Adversity with a Smile

I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.

My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.

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Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.

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Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:

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  1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
  2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
  3. Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
  4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
  5. Smile and get cracking.

The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.

Featured photo credit: Jamie Brown via unsplash.com

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