One of the best things you can do for your health in the new year is sleep! When you aren’t getting enough quality sleep, you risk more to your health than just daytime drowsiness. For instance, if you don’t get enough sleep or only have poor-quality sleep, you are at greater risk for auto crashes (100,000 per year related to sleep) and on-the-job injuries. People without adequate sleep have poorer cognitive processes, and can experience health problems including putting you at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and more.
Make a commitment to get a good, restful night sleep every night this new year. Easier said than done if you don’t have the right mattress or pillows…follow the below tips to sleep well in the new year.
3 Tips to Sleep Well in the New Year
- Choose the Right Pillows – When was the last time you replaced your pillows? If your pillows are more than 2 years old, you need a new set. (Don’t forget your kids pillows.)
- Firm Pillow for side sleeper to support your spine and retain its natural curvature.
- Contour or Cervical pillow like the Novosbed Contour memory foam pillow for side sleeper too, to ensure you aren’t crushing your shoulder while you sleep.
- Medium-Firm Pillows for back sleepers.
- Soft Pillows for stomach sleepers.
- Size Matters when it comes to mattresses. Find a mattress based on your height.
- For your kids, remember that a twin or double mattress is 5″ shorter than other sizes. It is better to go for a twin XL, queen or king for guest that are taller.
- For guest rooms, choose a queen mattress for couples. A “double” mattress is only 54″ wide, giving each person what is equivalent to the space of a crib!
- Figure Out Firmness– Choose the firmness based on your weight and comfort preference.
- For guest rooms, a “one-size-fits-all” type of mattress is a medium-firm mattress like the Novosbed Sonata memory foam mattress
- Medium Firm mattresses are good for those suffering from back pain.
- For heavier folks, a firm mattress is recommended with a thick/dense construction for durability.
Read on about how a mattress has made all the difference with my son’s sleeping issues.