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Mattress Buying Guide
Pick a size
Are you buying a mattress on its own or as a set? Think what you’ll be using the mattress for in future years. Plan ahead for partners, pets, kids, etc. Mattresses come in multiple sizes. Here are some of the most common sizes:
- Twin: 38” x 74”
- Full: 52” x 74”
- Queen: 60” x 80”
- California King: 72” x 84”
Choose a comfort level
Basically, you want a well-built mattress that gives you both great support and good value for your money. A good, strong coil support system will help your back.
- Extra Firm
- Traditional Firm
- Cushiony and Plush
- Extra Plush
Keep your height and weight in mind
If your height and weight are average, you’ll have an easier time determining your desired firmness.
Suffer from back pain?
Be sure to pay a little more for a better quality mattress. Your doctor can advise you.
Do you sleep on your back or your side?
Many people say their mattresses feel firmer when they sleep on their side. Do the same when you test out a mattress in the store. And spend some time on various mattresses to see which one suits you best.
Think about how much you want to spend
Buying a decent mattress is like buying a decent sound system. A higher quality mattress is usually bought at a higher price. However, price isn’t everything. Focus on the models that suit your needs best.
Top 10 Health Benefits of Sleep
- Sleep Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol, all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Your heart will be healthier if you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.
- Sleep May Prevent Cancer
People working the late shift have a higher risk for breast and colon cancer. Researchers believe this link is caused by differing levels of melatonin in people who are exposed to light at night. Light exposure reduces the level of melatonin, a hormone that both makes us sleepy and is thought to protect against cancer. Be sure that your bedroom is dark to help your body produce the melatonin it needs.
- Sleep Reduces Stress
When your body is sleep deficient, it goes into a state of stress. The body’s functions are put on high alert which causes an increase in blood pressure and a production of stress hormones. Higher blood pressure increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes.
- Sleep Reduces Inflammation
The increase in stress hormones raises the level of inflammation in your body, also creating more risk for heart-related conditions, as well as cancer and diabetes. Inflammation is thought to one of the causes of the deterioration of your body as you age.
- Sleep Makes You More Alert
When you wake up feeling refreshed, use that energy to get out into the daylight, do active things, and be engaged in your world. You’ll sleep better the next night and increase your daily energy level.
- Sleep Bolsters Your Memory
While your body may be resting, your brain is busy processing your day, making connections between events, sensory input, feelings and memories. Your dreams and deep sleep are an important time for your brain to make memories and links. Getting more quality sleep will help you remember and process things better.
- Sleep May Help You Lose Weight
Researchers have also found that people who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese. It is thought that the lack of sleep impacts the balance of hormones in the body that affect appetite.
- Naps Make You Smarter
Napping during the day is not only an effective and refreshing alternative to caffeine, it can also protect your health and make you more productive. A study of 24,000 Greek adults showed that people who napped several times a week had a lower risk for dying from heart disease. People who nap at work have much lower levels of stress. Napping also improves memory, cognitive function and mood.
- Sleep May Reduce Your Risk for Depression
Sleep impacts many of the chemicals in your body, including serotonin. People with a deficiency in serotonin are more likely to suffer from depression. You can help to prevent depression by making sure you are getting the right amount of sleep, between 7 and 9 hours each night.
- Sleep Helps the Body Make Repairs
Sleep is a time for your body to repair damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures. Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair damage.