Getting the Best Sleep
Trying to get a good bed is like trying to find a diamond in the rough. The sleep industry, for whatever reason, is like dealing with a used car salesman. It’s hard to know what you’re getting. Below are some ideas to keep in mind when purchasing a bed.
The Bed (options):
- Mattress feel – firm, cushion firm. Plush, pillow top, ultra-plush, twin, full, queen, king, & California king.
- Type – magnetic, tempur-pedic, sleep number, water, gel, etc.
- Box spring, futon, etc.
Purchasing the bed:
- Find a bed that supports both you and/or your partner or pet.
- Find a bet that supports you both lying on your back and on your side.
- Find a reputable dealer that has a gracious return policy, you don’t want to be stuck with a bed you don’t want or like.
- Make sure what you ordered is exactly what you got.
- Your pillow should support your neck so that it stays straight in all positions of sleep – this avoids neck and back strains.
- Find a hotel that has the bed you like, rent the room for the evening and see how you sleep on it.
- Lying on your side with your kneed together is the best for your spine and creates the least amount of spinal stress.
- Lying on your back is the 2nd best position.
- Lying on your stomach creates the most amount of spinal stress.
The sleep environment:
- Keep the room to your ideal temperature (sub arctic to tropical).
- Keep the room well ventilated.
- Remove any distractions – especially TV, computer, Ipod, Blackberry.
- Keep the room well darkened.
- Go to bed every night around the same time. Your body will acclimate and be programmed.
- Get consistent sleep every night – this decreases the stress hormone cortisol. You’ll age better too.
- Find out what your body need. 6-10 hours should be sufficient for most bodies. If you’re having trouble sleeping consult your doctor.
Need help getting to sleep:
- Avoid eating foods 2-3 hours prior to going to sleep.
- Don’t drink massive amounts of liquids especially soda, caffeine, coffee, and energy drinks.
- Prepare for sleep by avoiding last minute chores, computer tasks or confrontational discussions.
- Melatonin, tryptophan and 5-HTP are natural sedatives but avoid habituation.
- Don’t drink milk – it’s like a cup full of needles before you put your head down.