Modern life flies by at a blistering pace – we’ve all heard it many times before, and most of us need no reminders!
Ideally we should be getting eight or nine hours of sleep per night for optimal health, but according to the New Zealand Medical Journal, more than 70% of Kiwis manage less than seven.
So while yawning fits and afternoon brain fog are frustrating, they’re common symptoms of being busy, stressed and sleep-deprived. That is to say, they make sense. Most of us suffer from fatigue at some time or other, and we know it’s easily remedied with a good dose of shuteye.
But what if your eyelids are already heavy the moment you open them?
What if a solid night’s sleep simply doesn’t seem possible?
What’s going on?
Shift work, jetlag, anxiety, illness, and the emotional fallout from family demands and personal issues can all make restful sleep difficult to achieve. A medical checkup can reveal underlying health difficulties that might be contributing.
However, if there’s nothing obvious in your life keeping you up in the small hours, the answer may literally be right under you. Often when we experience sleep challenges, we put this down to stress or a few too many coffees – and while this definitely influences our ability to sleep restoratively, a poor sleeping environment can also have a massive impact.
Take a look at your bed for a moment. Whether you spend your time in it tossing and turning may depend a lot on your mattress – in particular, how old it is and whether it’s a good fit for you.
- Do you wake up feeling stiff and sore as well as tired?
- Are there visible signs of wear and tear on your mattress?
- Does your mattress ever feel uncomfortable?
- Is your mattress more than 10 years old?
- If you spend a night away from home – for example, in a hotel – do you notice that you sleep better?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it’s time to think about replacing your bed.
1. Old beds provide inadequate support, which can lead to aches and pains as well as poor sleep quality.
If your bed lacks the correct support, it’s likely you’ll wake up feeling uncomfortable as your pressure points have been under strain. Also, over time mattresses begin to sag – less than ideal for your spine and posture, not to mention the discomfort if you’re constantly rolling into the middle (or worse, into your partner).
2. Beds collect all sorts of unpleasant things over time, which can play havoc with allergies and overall health.
You know how much you sweat on those relentlessly muggy summer nights?
Well, all that fluid has to go somewhere. Beds accumulate sweat, which creates ideal damp conditons for mould growth. Dust also gathers inside the mattress, bringing dust mites (and dust mite droppings). In short, if it’s older than 10 years it’s definitely time to start fresh!
3. We’re all different – and have different needs in a bed. Even if your bed looks fine and isn’t past it’s use-by date, it may not be right for you.
If you’re waking up with aches and pains – particularly in your back – you may want to look into getting a chiropractic-endorsed bed.
Around 80% of all people experience some kind of back pain in their lives, and many don’t realise that their suffering may be caused or aggravated by their bed. A bed specially designed to support your body will include a range of high-tech additions to ensure you get deeper, more revitalising sleep. For example, the Sleepyhead Sanctuary range uses multiple coil zones designed to contour perfectly to your body, while the Sleepyhead Chiropractic combines four core technologies for better back health.
If you want to sleep well and wake up feeling well (and think it might be time to replace your bed), a great place to start is at your local Beds R Us.
Have a chat to the friendly, experienced staff in-store about your needs, and they’ll help match you to your perfect bed. Best of all, if you’re not happy with your new mattress once you take it home, many models can be exchanged free. Sometimes it takes a real night’s rest – not just lying in-store – to know for sure how a bed will work for you.
This way, you can relax before you even start sleeping up a storm and waking up feeling fresh.Find your local Beds R Us store on the Beds R Us website.