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Are You Sleep-Deprived? Blame Your Bed and Your Mattress

Being too busy to get enough sleep has become a badge of pride for many Americans. People say they know you really need 8 hours of sleep, but they manage to get by with 4-5 hours every night. The Centers for Disease Control said in 2013 that insufficient sleep had become a public health epidemic. Not much has changed since then.

Many Americans are Sleep-Deprived

  • Almost half of all American admit that they don’t get enough sleep, but the majority don’t do anything to change the situation.
  • Slightly more women than men feel they need more sleep.

What is different about the people who are getting enough sleep?

  • Half of those people say their comfy mattress is the reason for their well-rested state.
  • Others claim that going to bed and getting up at the same times every day is important.

Athletes Understand the Importance of Sleep

Athletes realize that sleep is just as important as conditioning, nutrition, hydration and preparing mentally. Getting enough sleep is important for:

  • Improved reaction times
  • Reduced risk of injuries
  • Better overall health
  • Longer careers
  • Improved accuracy and sprint times
  • Improved focus and memory

Turn Your Bedroom into a Private Retreat

The mattress is the star in the bedroom. The bed is the co-star. Everything else in the bedroom is a supporting cast member. If the bed is too small for comfortable sleep or the mattress causes you to wake up with aches and pains, they’re not doing their job.

  • A king, California king or queen sized bed is much better for two adults than a double. If it’s absolutely necessary to choose between a bed that is really too big for the room or a smaller bed, go for the bigger bed.
  • Buy a mattress that gives both you and your partner a restful night’s sleep. The mattress is the most important piece of furniture in the house. A good one is expensive.
  • Choose a bed you love. The bed is all about style and what pleases you.
  • Make the bed and pick up the room. It’s soothing psychologically to walk into a neat room.
  • Don’t watch TV or play with your phone just before trying to fall asleep.

Visit Harcourt Health for great health news, food and drink tips and relationship help. To learn more about the importance of sleep and choosing the perfect bed, visit http://www.harcourthealth.com/how-to-choose-the-perfect-bed-for-better-sleep/.