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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 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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