In our practice, we are asked about mattresses, bedding, and how to get better sleep on a routine/daily basis. Bedding can be tricky, because it is a very personal matter. So let’s start here:
Industry experts agree, the lifespan of a mattress is ~8 years. There are many things to take into consideration when shopping for a new bed.
When shopping, try to spend ~20 minutes on the mattress of choice. Five minutes on your back, five minutes on each side and the last five on your stomach (if a belly sleeper) or on your back again. If you can’t make the full time, comfortably, move on and try another!
The same goes for pillows. Back sleepers usually require a firmer/denser pillow and side/stomach sleepers want something that is pliable. Just watch that you’re not forcing your head and neck into a position other than a spinal neutral.
Next to help you hibernate more soundly, make your bedroom more cave-like:
Lastly, wake up with better affect. Most modern alarm clocks shock the body and the adrenals with an awful blaring sound. Switching out your old alarm clocks for a wake-up light or changing the tone to a more soothing sound can make for a calmer morning and a better mood overall.
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