All About Beds
Things you never thought to ask about
How important is a good bed to your quality of sleep?
A person spends more time in bed than on any other piece of furniture
in the house. Since about a third of one's life is spent sleeping (an average
of 220,000 hours in a lifetime), it is absolutely essential that the bed helps
promote a good night's sleep. Can your old bed pass this test?
- Is your cover soiled, stained or torn?
- Does the surface look uneven?
- Do you hear creaking or crunches when you turn over?
- Are you fighting your partner for space?
- When you roll over does the bed wobble or sway?
- Does the box spring look uneven?
- Is your mattress or box spring more than 8-10 years old?
- Is it hard to get comfortable falling asleep?
- Do you wake up with aches and pains?
- Do the new beds you try feel much better?
If your bed didn't pass this test, here is a short course on
bed-buying: (No cheating - this is going to affect the REST of your
- Don't buy a cheap mattress. It pays to buy the best you can afford.
- When purchasing a bed, don't just feel it with your hand- you must
lie down in your favorite sleeping position for a few minutes.
- A mattress does not have to be as thard as a board to be good for
you. We now know that a too-hard mattress may create uncomfortable pressure on
shoulders and hips.
- Do your research. A king-size inner spring should have a minimum 450
coils, 375 coils in a queen, 300 in a full double. Foam mattresses should have
a minimum density of 2 lbs per cubic feet.
- Look for quality on the outside: the surface will look and feel
- Don't buy a bed that is too small. If you sleep with a partner you
need a queen or king size bed to allow for the 40-60 tosses we all do each
night. A standard double bed only allows each partner about the width of a baby
- Don't put a new mattress on an old foundation. A mattress and
foundation are engineered to work together as a sleep set. The foundation, or
box spring, acts as a giant shock absorber, taking a lot of the nightly wear
- If you share the bed with a partner, include him or her in the
decision making. When two people have different sleep styles, the bed can turn
into a battleground, putting a strain on the relationship and robbing both
partners of the sleep they need. Varying bed times, differing noise and light
tolerances and wind-down activities can be a source of conflict at bed time.
Sleep aids, such as eye-shades, earphones, and high intensity reading lights
can be helpful. One way to reduce night-time disturbances is to sleep on a
king-sized bed - this allows room for comfort. Or, two twin size mattresses can
be fastened to a king-sized headboard.
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