Better Sleep Guide
SOME SHOPPING 3MUSTS2 WHEN BUYING A MATTRESS
don1t have to be hard as a board to be good for you, although some
people prefer a firmer sleeping surface. Today mattresses are built
with new cushioning materials that offer you a plush feel on top
with the core providing you with the necessary support for your
To check if your mattress offers appropriate support, lie on your
back and try sliding the flat of your hand under the small of your
back. If the mattress is too soft you will have difficulty getting
your hand underneath; if it is too hard your hand will move freely
beneath you as there will be a space between the mattress and your
spine. When your hand fits snugly under the small of your back and
the mattress then you know that this will allow your spine to rest
in its natural 3s2 shape.
Check that the bed is wide enough to fit you comfortably. Sleep
studies show that we turn between forty and sixty times a night
and that we require room to move freely so that we don1t wake up.
Couples should select a queen or king-size mattress to ensure that
both individuals have enough space to feel and move comfortably
when sleeping. When shopping for a new sleep set remember: Experts
recommend that if you sleep with a partner you should allow enough
space for both of you to move easily during the night.
Refers to how long support and comfort will continue. Like all products,
mattresses and foundations eventually will wear out and you won1t
receive the same support and comfort as you did when the sleep set
was new. That is why you need to evaluate your set at least twice
a year. Don1t look to the warranty to tell you how long to keep
your sleep set. The warranty protects you against product defects
and workmanship mistakes and not the gradual loss of comfort and
MATTRESS SIZE DIMENSIONS:
King 782 x 79.52 Queen 602 x 79.52 Full 542 x 74.52 Twin 392 x 74.52
*All dimensions may vary by +/- 1/2 inch Matching Sleep Sets. Mattresses
and foundations are engineered to work together. Mismatching sets,
putting a new mattress on an old foundation or adding a board between
the mattress and foundation can actually interfere with comfort
and reduce the useful life of the mattress and foundation.
Buy only quality made products with all new materials. Shop for
the best value and not the lowest price. The market offers a wide
range of prices from the budget priced twin sleep set to the ultra-premium
king sleep set. Bottom line you should spend the most you can
afford. Your bed is an investment and you1ll be spending at least
one-third of your life sleeping on it.
The Sleep Doctor
James B. Maas, Ph.D., is a pioneer of sleep research at Cornell
University. He is also the recipient of the American Psychological
Association's Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Maas has appeared
on TV programs such as NBC Nightly News, ABC's 20/20, the Today
show, and Good Morning America and has been featured on The Oprah
Winfrey Show. Dr. Maas offers these sleep tips from his book entitled
Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind For
Peak Performance. The 3Golden Rules of Sleep2 from Doctor Maas
Get an adequate amount of sleep every night. Identify the
amount of sleep you need to be fully alert all day long and get
that amount every night.
Make up for lost sleep as soon as possible. Pay back your
3sleep debts2 in a timely fashion.
Establish a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same
time every night and wake up without an alarm clock at the same
time every morning including weekends.
Get continuous sleep. For sleep to be rejuvenating, you should
get your required amount of sleep in one continuous block.
Dr. Maas1 10 Sleep Strategies
1. Reduce stress as much as possible.
2. Exercise to stay fit.
3. Keep mentally stimulated during the day.
4. Eat a proper diet.
5. Stop smoking.
6. Reduce caffeine intake.
7. Avoid alcohol near bedtime.
8. Take a warm bath before bed.
9. Maintain a relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom.
10. Establish a bedtime ritual.
(3Power Sleep2 is published by Villard Books, a division of Random
House, Inc., and is available in book stores nationwide.) Sleep
Better. Live Better. A good night1s sleep is a necessity not a
luxury. Sleep plays an essential part in preparing your body and
mind for optimum performance. Research shows that even a slight
loss of sleep can have a significant impact on our mood, productivity,
communication skills, and general health. Are you getting enough
sleep? If you1re getting less than eight hours of sleep each night,
or if you fall asleep instantly, or need an alarm clock to wake
up, you could be one of the 63 million people in North America who
are moderately to chronically sleep deprived. According to sleep
experts, if you want to be in a good mood, fully alert, mentally
sharp, creative, and energetic all day long, you may need to spend
at least one third of your life sleeping. Your sleeping brain is
highly active. As you sleep, your brain is performing important
physiological, neurological and biochemical tasks. These tasks are
crucial to your overall health, as well as your ability to remember
and organize your thoughts. The one third of your life you spend
sleeping restores, rejuvenates and empowers you to perform at your
peak and enjoy the two thirds of your life that you spend awake.