Tips From The Better Sleep Council

According to an Oklahoma State University Study, a new mattress Provided sleepers with significant improvements, including:

70.8% In Sleep Comfort
62.0% In Sleep Quality
55.3% In Back Pain
50.7% In Spine Stiffness

The Better Sleep Council believes a good amount of people do not get the recommended amount of sleep needed each night to perform their best during the day. When they do not get the necessary amount of sleep needed, the consequences are: difficulty concentrating, irritability, weakened immune system and even higher stress.

The Better Sleep Council recommends the cure is often getting a new mattress. They believe that a new mattress may be what is needed because of a few factors. Quality and the change of your comfort and lifestyle. For example, when pregnant you may need a different comfort because you will have to sleep on your side. If you do get injured, a more firm or soft mattress may be needed. The Better Sleep Council also believes a mattress set of up to seven years may not give the comfort it once provided. An Oklahoma State University rated a study of "Subjective Rating of Medium-Firm Bedding Systems" and their study found that participants with mattresses five years or older reported significant improvements in sleep quality and comfort when sleeping on a mattress, regardless of the sleeper's age or weight.

Here is the list to think about whether you may need a new mattress:
-your mattress is seven years old
-you wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches, or pains
-you had a better night's sleep somewhere other than you own bed(hotel or friend's guest bed)
-your mattress shows signs of overuse(it sags, has lumps, etc.)

When choosing a new mattress, be sure to evaluate: comfort, support, durability, and space.
The Futon Shop has a 30 day guarantee with their mattresses when trying out any of their mattresses in 11 of their locations.

Comfort: TFS has been in business for over 35 years perfecting their combinations of the most superior ingredients. Tempered steel, soy memory foam, soy- foams in all mattresses, organic cotton line, 100% latex, chemical free matresses as well.

Support: when you come into The Futon Shop or call in, our sales professionals are trained to find the best mattress that fits your lifestyle. It is important that we find out what position you sleep, what your sleep pattern has been, and finally if you have had any injuries.

Durability: we have a wide range of quality mattresses. We have guest bed occasional beds, as well as the highest quality soy memory foam, and non toxic latex to last and never dip or cave in.

Space: we have all the sizes available and we even custom make the size or quality if needed, since we hand make each mattress in our San Francisco Facility.

the sizes are:
California King: 72"x84"
Eastern King: 76"x80"
Queen: 60"x80"
Full/double: 54"x 75"
Twin: 39"x75"

The Better Sleep council believe in the Sleep tests:
-Select a Mattress
-Lie down in your typical sleep position
-Evaluate the level of comfort and support
-Educate yourself about each selection
-Partners should test beds together

When you are ready to purchase here are a few tips from The Better Sleep guide on what to do:
-a proper mattress set should support the body at all points with the spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture
-ask the salesman if they can show you illustrated or actual cutaways of the interior of the different mattresses, so you can see what is inside
-compare store services such as delivery, financing and removal of your old bed as well.
-shop for the best value, not the lowest price. The best assurance for good mattress performance over many years is to buy the highest quality sleep set you can afford.

Once you find that mattress for you, The Better Sleep Council gives 8 tips on achieving a better sleep cycle:

1) Make sleep a priority: keep a consistent bedtime, wake schedule, including weekends
2) Create a bedtime routine that is relaxing: experts recommend reading a book, listening to soothing music, or soaking in a hot bath
3) create a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
4) Evaluate your mattress and pillow to ensure proper comfort and support: exchange pillows every year, while the mattress may need to be replaced every seven years
5) Keep work materials, computers, and televisions out of bedroom
6) Exercise regularly: but complete workouts two hours before bedtime
7) If you sleep with a partner, your mattress should allow each of you enough space to move easily: a queen is ideal for two people sharing a mattress
8) Avoid eating, alcohol, nicotine and caffeine close to bedtime: these can lead to poor sleep, keep you awake or disrupt sleep later in the night.
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