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  • Better Sleep Tips

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    The sleep set is the foundation for a good night's rest. In order to have the best sleep, it is important for you to make an overall commitment to healthy, restorative sleep. Here are some better sleep tips to maintain a healthy sleep cycle and ensure that you have the best night’s rest:

    1. Make sleep a priority by maintaining a consistent bedtime and wake schedule, with at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Keep the schedule daily, even on weekends. Being consistent will reinforce your body's sleep-wake cycle and help to promote better sleep at night. 

    2. Free your mind at bed time. Create a bedtime routine that is calm and relaxing. You can read a book, listen to soothing music or soak in a hot bath. 

    3. Starting 2-3 hours before bed time, dim the lights in the room and put aside any work or complicated decisions. It takes some time to turn off the "noise". By dimming the lights, your brain is signalled to produce melatonin, which is the hormone that brings on sleep. Create a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool for the best possible sleep. 

    4. Evaluate your mattress and pillow to ensure it is giving you proper comfort and support. If your mattress is 5-7 years old, sagging, or giving you aches, it may be time to consider changing mattresses. 

    5. Insomnia feeds on the smallest of details of modern life, such as the soft glow from a mobile phone or digital clock resting on your bedside table. The short waves of blue light from electronics may interfere with your sleep. If possible, keep work materials, computers and televisions (e.g. sources of blue light) out of the bedroom, or switch them off 2 hours before bed.

    6. Regular exercise has been shown to improve sleep. Exercise regularly, but avoid vigorous exercises at least 2 hr before bed time. Gentle mind and body exercises such as yoga, tai chi, and similar routines are fine just before sleep. You don’t have to be a star athlete to reap the benefits! As little as 20-30 minutes of daily activity can help.

    7. If you sleep with a partner, your mattress should allow each of you enough space to move easily. You should have enough room to stretch and turn comfortably. A queen or king sized mattress is ideal.

    8. Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine when it is near bed time. These stimulants can lead to poor sleep, keep you awake, and disrupt your sleep.

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  • Spring Mattresses: What To Look Out For

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    A spring mattress is the most common type of mattress in use. The core of the mattress is made up of metal springs / coils and acts as the main support for your body.

    Many newer spring mattresses feature individual barrel shaped pocketed springs where the coils are encased in individual pockets. These mattresses offer more contoured support for your whole body and minimises motion disturbance better than connected (continuous or bonnel) springs. A comfort layer is added on top of the coils and can be made from a variety of materials, including high density padding, polyurethane foam and latex.

    Spring mattress ranges in firmness of the coils and the plushness of each comfort layer, so nearly anyone will be able to find a mattress that feels right.

    Whether you are in the market for a new individual barrel shape pocket spring mattress or one with continuous / bonnel springs, these are some key factors to keep in mind for a good nights sleep and to help you select the best mattress.

    1. Coil Gauge

      Coil gauge refers to the thickness and firmness of the coils. It is a misconception and myth that the total number of coils defines a good mattress. While the number of coils is important, the thickness and firmness of the metal the coils are made from is even more important. This is because the coil gauge determines the firmness and overall support of the spring mattress. Coil gauge is commonly measured in quarter increments and the higher the number, the thinner the coil wire and the softer the coil.

    2. Comfort Layer

      You should consider the type of materials used for the upholstered top layer of a spring mattress. While the coils provide support, the comfort layer determines the overall feel of the mattress, providing further comfort and cushioning. Comfort layers can be made from polyurethane foam, natural latex, and memory foam. Always be on the lookout for high-quality materials that conform to your body and are layered for extra comfort, e.g. Natural Latex and Memory Foam.

    3. Size

      Most mattresses are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from Single to King. As most people change positions frequently in their sleep, be sure to choose a spring mattress that is big enough for you and your partner to move freely for an uninterrupted and peaceful night of sleep.

    4. Warranty

      Warranty on spring mattresses cover manufacturing defects, such as a sagging. A good mattress will come with warranty that protects against such defects (e.g. many Magic Koil mattresses include a 10 year warranty). A mattress purchase can be a significant investment. If you spend a third of your life sleeping, it is important that your mattress is covered to last for years to come.

    Each person is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In the same way, no one type of mattress is superior to another. After all, comfort preferences and budget tends to determine the type of mattress you sleep on. However, a spring mattress is likely to be a good choice if you’re seeking an affordable mattress that provides your desired level of firmness. Once you find the perfect mattress, you will enjoy endless nights of peaceful slumber.

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