5 Ways to Improve Sleep and Health
Updated: Apr 24, 2019
When it comes to sleep and health we search for the easiest habit to adopt or the quickest fix. But we forget the most important aspect in order to improve these two areas of our lives. At Generations Furniture we strive to not only build a relationship but we also want to help you rest better and feel great! We have put together our top 5 tips to improve sleep.
1. Check the date of when your mattress was purchased.
A mattress is intended to hold up for at least 5 to 8 years. What is with the magic numbers of 5 to 8? This amount of time is when the mattress begins to show wear. The structure is no longer maintaining support and in turn your body and health are suffering. Some signs that it is time to upgrade your mattress:
experience sore muscles
restless sleep from pressure points in various positions
2. Rotate, Rotate, Rotate
This seems like a mundane process and honestly who wants to mess up the dust ruffle that took multiple attempts to make it perfect! But rotating your mattress every 3 - 4 months will allow for even wear. This can help extend to that 8 year mark of the mattress. It also alleviates the body impressions and helps to maintain the flat, comfortable mattress that was originally purchased.
3. Clean the mattress regularly
Spring-cleaning a mattress will help improve sleep, even with a mattress cover! Below is a little concoction that is trusted and has been used.
Lavender Essential Oils (optional)
3 tablespoons of baking soda in plastic bag and if you choose to add the essential oil please add 2 to 3 drops into the bag. Mix evenly. Sprinkle onto your mattress, without mattress cover. Let the baking soda mixture sit for 3 minutes and then vacuum mattress.
This simple process will alleviate any odors and remove any dust that could have gotten trapped.
4. Routine before bed
The rat race of the day is over and having “you” time is so important. Many times pulling out our cellphone and checking the social media outlets is what will put us to sleep. However, did you know that the little bit of blue light from our television or cellphone can interrupt our sleep patterns? Harvard recently did a study and found that blue light can affect our melatonin and our circadian rhythms. This suppression of melatonin can affect our mood.* Having a routine of reading, taking a bath, or listening to music will help for a restful night sleep.
5. Exercise Daily
Each year millions of people make an effort to workout daily. The eagerness to do so stems from goals established. Goals to lose weight, risk the chances of carrying family diseases, or training for an event. Whatever the reasoning, your health and sleep are benefiting! When sleeping your brain goes through various waves of deep to lighter sleep. An article states, “Moderate aerobic exercise increases the amount of slow wave sleep…. Slow wave sleep refers to deep sleep, where the brain and body have a chance to rejuvenate.”** This rejuvenation is so important for the overall health. This time allows the mind to decompress and stabilize your mood. ** Be mindful of the time of day you exercise, some instances that can negatively affect the mind from slowing down.
Health is so important to us here at Generations Furniture. We want you to feel and sleep great! We have more research to share and our trained professionals are always up for questions. In addition to standard mattresses we do offer adjustable bases and mattresses with memory cool gel toppers.
Stop in and see us today for your sleep and health needs!
Blue Light has a dark side. Harvard Health Publishing Letter. (2018, August 13). Retrieved from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/bluelight-has-a-dark-side*
Exercising for Better Sleep.Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. (2019, April 11). Retrieved from: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-andprevention/exercising-for-better-sleep**
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