While you might look forward to going to bed to get some sleep, chances are likely that sleep will elude you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report completed in February of 2016, more than a third of Americans do not get enough sleep. However, you and your sleep habits do not have to be a statistic.
Bedding Mart, one of the leading experts on sleep products believes that one of the first things to consider when it comes to your sleep is whether or not you have a comfortable mattress that is suitable for sleeping. Of course, each person has individual comfort needs and both must be taken into account if you share your bed. You will also have to be certain that your mattress is large enough. Your queen sized bed might be perfect for you and your partner, but add in a couple of pets and it will minimize the sleeping area.
The pillow is also going to have an effect on your sleep. It is important to understand how you sleep in order to choose the right pillow. Side sleepers who do not use a pillow that will keep their spine and neck in alignment may quickly end up with a stiff neck. This is true for back sleepers and stomach sleepers as well. The pillow you use should always be comfortable and, if you have a problem adjusting to temperatures at night, you may want a temperature regulating pillow to help you sleep more comfortably.
Your Sleep Habits
While a new mattress and pillow may solve your sleep problems, they will not change matters if you have poor sleep habits. Going to bed at the same time every night is a key ingredient to successful sleeping, but you should also make certain that the room you sleep in is not keeping you awake. The Better Sleep Council recommends a quiet, dark room for sleep and one that has a cooler temperature. They also recommend leaving all electronic devices, including televisions, out of the room.
If you are not getting enough sleep, take some time to do a thorough investigation of your sleep habits and your mattress. Be sure that the mattress and pillow you use are suitable for your own individual needs, but also consider changing how you sleep. Removing electronic devices and creating a more comfortable atmosphere in your room may be all that you need to increase the number of actual sleep hours you are able to obtain.