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Getting a Good Night’s Rest

We’ve all been there: a long day at work to be followed by another long day at work. You come home and climb into bed, hoping to unwind, but you can’t seem to relax, and you can’t fall asleep. You blame it all on the stress of your day, but the truth is that there are more factors involved in getting a good night’s rest than you realize. In fact, your diet, how much water you drink, and whether or not you exercise all play a part in the quality and quantity of sleep you’re able to get.

But waking up every hour throughout the night is about more than a healthy lifestyle, too. The key component to getting a good night’s sleep is the bed you sleep on. No matter how healthy you are, if you are sleeping on a poor quality mattress, or one that is simply too old, the affects on your sleep, and your life, could be devastating. But what can you do to make sure you’re getting all you can out of your bed and enjoying a good night’s rest?

First, make sure you have the right kind of mattress for your body type. If you suffer from low-back pain, sleeping on a pillow-top mattress may actually exacerbate your problems. Instead, you should use a firmer mattress. And don’t forget the importance of age. Unlike cheese and wine, your mattress does not get better with age. In fact, the structural components and support of your bed break down over time. If you’ve had your mattress for longer than ten years, it may be time to think about investing in a new bed.

Once you have the right bed, it’s important to take care of it to ensure it provides you with ample support every night. The owner’s manual for your mattress most likely provides instructions and suggestions for flipping your mattress. For traditional mattresses, this means flipping it over. For pillow-top mattresses, it means rotating your mattress. Flipping is important because, just like tires, too much activity in one area can cause uneven support. If you sleep on the right side of the bed every night, that side will break down faster than other areas.

Also, keeping your bed clean is an important part of ensuring a good night’s rest. Certainly that means washing the sheets on a regular basis to keep sweat and germs from making you sick or uncomfortable. But a clean bed is about more than clean sheets. When you sleep on your bed, skin cells, sweat, dust, and other grime get down into your mattress and break it down. Vacuum your mattress when you change the sheets unless your manual says otherwise.

The quality of your sleep directly affects your ability to function properly each day. That’s why it’s important to ensure that you have all of the right tools to make quality sleep a possibility. Start with good beds, and you’ll be heading the right direction.

This article is a guest post written on behalf of Warren Evans Beds