Why Getting Quality Sleep Is So Important
We all do it, and while some may get less of it than others, there’s one more thing that can be said to be certain, aside from death and taxes: we all need a good night’s sleep.
While scientists still have not found a clear answer to the question of why we sleep, it is clear that a lack of sleep can have a severe impact on our health and well-being.
The CDC reports that getting less than 7 hours of shut-eye per night can lead to many serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and mood disorders.
Over 30% of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and you may be one of them.
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What You Can Do To Improve Your Sleep
There are many things that sleep experts suggest doing to increase the quality and duration of your sleep each night, including:
- Going to bed at the same time every night
- Avoiding exercise, large meals, caffeine, and alcohol just before bedtime
- Keeping your bedroom cool, quiet, and dark
- Not using electronic devices in the evening, or using them with a blue light filter applied (most tablets and smartphones now feature one of these filters in the Settings menu)
- Avoiding using your bed for anything other than sleep
Another reason why you might not be catching enough Zs? Your mattress.
Why Your Mattress May Be To Blame
If you wake up still feeling tired, experience aches and pains that tend to fade as the day wears on, toss and turn throughout the night, notice a surge in allergy symptoms, feel as though your bed is sagging, or have a significant increase or decrease in body weight, chances are it’s time to go mattress shopping.
While the general rule of thumb for the lifespan of a mattress is 7-10 years, if you start noticing any of these signs, you should start looking for a replacement.
Mattress materials such as springs and foam can start to break down and compromise their ability to provide the pressure point-relieving support needed for a good night’s sleep.
The most important thing to keep in mind when looking for a new mattress is your own comfort. Every person is different, especially when it comes to what mattress is the perfect fit. Ideally, you should be laying on a mattress for a minimum of 20 minutes before deciding to make a purchase.
Many mattress companies also offer in-home trial periods of anywhere from 30 to 100 nights. Just remember—while more expensive might not mean higher quality, buying a new mattress is making a big investment, in your health and your happiness.
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What To Do With That Old Mattress
Once you’ve found the perfect new mattress, what are you supposed to do with the old one? Mattress disposal can be a headache as huge as finding a new mattress.
There are several options to consider when it comes time to dispose of your old mattress. Some things to keep in mind when choosing what to do:
- Impact on the environment
Mattresses contain synthetic materials which can cause dangerous chemicals to be leaked into the air and water when dumped or incinerated.
- Cost of disposal method
Landfills and recycling services can charge expensive disposal fees when dropping off your mattress.
- Time and effort involved
For a nominal fee, you can hire a junk removal company to come into your home, haul your old mattress away, and dispose of it for you. This can save a lot of time and energy!
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