Better Sleep Is On The Way!
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.
Size of mattress
Height of bed
Preferred sleeping positions for yourself and your sleeping partner
Majority back sleepers desire a firm mattress
Side sleepers want more cushioning for pressure points
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:
Set thermostats between 68-72⁰ F for better bodily temperatures
Make the room as dark and as quiet as possible
Keep electronics out of the bedroom—light can affect the hippocampus of the brain and lead to depression
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.
For more tips from the Drs. Maxwell, check out our website, like our Facebook page, or call for a consultation! Maximize your health and living with these tips and more, today!