Selecting the Right Mattres
In the course of a lifetime, you spend more than 220,000 hours in bed – far more time than you spend on the sofa, at the kitchen table, even in front of the TV. No other piece of furniture in your home gets as much use as your bed. That’s why it’s so important to find the one that’s right for you. Here’s what you should be looking for.
- Comfort A mattress should be chosen primarily on its comfort. Time should be spent trying all the mattresses in the store, reducing your selection to 2-3 models. A mattress will not be able to be replaced or exchanged because of an incorrect choice, so ensure you spend at least 5-10 minutes on your final selection. It’s always recommended that the person(s) who intend to sleep on the mattress, make the effort to lie down together, to ensure they are happy with the level of comfort the mattress is providing.
- Support Correct support is the essential ingredient for a healthy body. A good mattress and base will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture.
- Durability It’s the quality of the materials used and how they’re put together that determine how long a mattress and base will provide the comfort and support you bought them for. The best assurance of good performance over many years is to buy the highest quality sleep ensemble you can afford.
Sleeping Posture Diagram
What to expect from your new mattress
- Be patient It often takes some time (3-4 weeks) for your body to adjust to the good back support of a new mattress.
- Body impressions on your new mattress are normal and indicate that the cushioning layers are conforming to your body contours. Impressions on a new mattress should be expected and are not a suggestion of structural failure whatsoever.
- Today’s mattress sets are thicker than the one you have at home. Some of the new sets require deep pocket sheets. Be prepared for a mattress that could be much higher than your old one. With a premium set you should choose the mattress that feels the best. A mattress with soft surface can have the same support as one with a hard surface.
Turn your mattress end to end regularly to help equalise body impressions.
To perform well, a new mattress needs a strong base beneath it. If you did not purchase a new base, please be advised that improper support for your mattress will eventually cause it to sag and damage will result.
Protect your mattress with a mattress protector. Dirty, stained, damaged or abused mattress sets will void a warranty.
If your mattress has handles, never use them to support the weight of the mattress. Handles are designed to be used only to position the mattress on the base. Handles which tear or pull out are not covered under the warranty.
Tips for a good night’s sleep
- Go to bed when you’re drowsy
If you can not sleep, go to another room and read or listen to soft music. This should make you drowsy. Then go to bed again.
- Sleep on your side or your back.
If you can’t get to sleep on your side, make sure you bend your knees slightly. Try to avoid bending your neck, and curling into a ball. This habit puts pressure on your spine and internal organs. People who sleep on their stomach twist their spine while they sleep, causing more strain to the body.
- Cut out caffeine after midday and try a herbal tea or juice instead.
- Use a pillow that suits your build.
A pillow that contours and supports your head & neck will give you better spinal alignment because it keeps your spine parallel to the mattress. As you spend time selecting your mattress, you should also spend time selecting a new pillow. A new pillow will ensure a totally new sleeping support system for your body.
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- Keep a regular schedule.
Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
- Eat balanced meals at regular times.
Avoid fatty meals late at night.
- Drink warm milk before going to sleep.
Milk contains Tryptophan, a brain chemical associated with sleep.
- Sleep in a dark room
Light in your sleep environment increases your alertness and reduces your sleep quality.