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You Can Discover Your Best Sleep Style On Your New Bed

You have got a new bed and you expect it ease you off from any discomfort you had earlier during sleep. Your mattress is definitely important; it’s your sleeping style or sleeping position that is equally important to ensure you a good night sleep.

Everyone has a preferred sleeping style. This is how naturally your body is positioned on the bed to get the maximum comfort. You should know the different styles and their attributes; so you may like to reposition yourself on the new bed for a most satisfying sleep. It is not possible to recommend the ideal sleeping position; you have to discover your best sleep style yourself.

On Your Back

Best Sleeping StyleSleeping on your back is good for your overall posture. Your head, neck, and back are aligned properly. In fact, in this style, if you sleep with your arms on the sides, it gives your body the optimal position. Your body weight is spread over the maximum surface of the mattress. This also keeps your diaphragm open for normal breathing.

However, the gravitational pull on your body is also maximum on the lower back which becomes curved. The attached muscles are stressed and after some time, you automatically turn to take a new position for relief.

A little variation gives you a starfish sleeping style. Here you sleep on your back and your hands are stretched upwards outwardly. They say it delays wrinkles on your face.

A medium firm mattress is best suited for this sleeping style.

On Your Stomach

This is perhaps the most popular sleeping style. However, this does not support the natural “S” curvature of your spine. In this style, your body is not sunken in the mattress but actually, it lies floating on it. As the lower back does not get support, you may have back pain and also a neck crick because your head remains twisted for a long time. Your diaphragm is also under constant pressure and restricts breathing.

Swimmer’s position is a little variation this style where one of your legs is drawn upwards. This relieves the pressure on your diaphragm and also reduces twist on your neck.

A comparatively firm mattress gives you the most comfortable sleep in this style.

On The Sides

When you sleep on your sides, your spine is in its natural curve and your hands are down. There is minimum stress on your body, however, there is no spine support and the total burden is taken on your shoulders, arms, and hips which are under constant pressure. Because of reduction in blood flow in these areas, you may get burning sensations in those body parts in the morning.

You will need a softer mattress to feel comfortable in this sleeping style.

Whichever position you sleep in, you are bound to change it sub-consciously according to your body comforts. Your body is trained in itself to sleep in a particular position. However, in case you have had uncomfortable sleep, you can discover on your new bed your best sleep style now.

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Can There Be A Lunar Effect On Your Sleep?

Lunar EffectA change in our sleep in itself has a large impact on our day- to-day working life and also on our mental and physical health. You know the various reasons that affect our sleep like your bed, the room environment, your stress level etc. You may, however, not be knowing one particular thing which can disrupt your sleep on its own and you do not have any control on it. The moon cycle, latest research says, can be your culprit.

Since ages moon is believed to be affecting human behavior in various ways. They call it the lunar effect. In recent years, the complex relationship of the moon phase with your sleep has been a major subject for research. After a lot of work, scientists have found evidence that there is surely a connection between your sleep and the lunar cycle.

Man And The Moon
It does not make any difference even if you sleep in a completely dark room fully curtained and without a window to allow practically no light even in a full moon night. The experiments were conducted in the year 2000 on a large no of people in various age groups and on both males and females. Their brain activities were also closely monitored by EEG.

The aim of doing this large scale experiment was to find out and establish if at all there is a relationship between the moon phase and sleep patterns of human beings. Interestingly none of the subjects or even the investigators were told about finding a relationship between the lunar cycle and human sleep aspects. So the experiments were fully subjective and unbiased. A large amount of data was tabled to draw conclusions.

An intriguing sleep pattern was observed during 3-4 days around a full moon i.e. before, during and just after the full moon. During this period people were found to take a bit longer time to get into sleep and also woke up little early than their usual time. They also complained about shallow sleep and didn’t feel fresh in the morning. Their melatonin level was found to be almost 30% on the lower side.

This melatonin is a sleep related hormone secreted by tiny pineal body situated in our brain. It governs your internal clock and plays an important role in your sleep habits. In children, it is supposed to be on a higher level than an adult and as you grow old, its level decreases.

Finding The Reason
Scientists have, however, not been able to establish how this actually works. Is it the moonlight or is it the gravitational pull affecting sleep? Moonlight does not seem to be the right answer as the experiments were conducted in dark rooms completely eliminating the moonlight. They are also not sure about the gravitation pull as it can have only negligible impact on the human brain. It is for the science yet to establish it.

So in case you are not able to sleep properly, you can just look outside your window to find if the moon is full or near full to bring forth the lunar effect. You cannot blame your bed or your room or your mood all the time.

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Your New Mattress – Give It Some Breathing Time

New MattressesIt’s good to get a new mattress. You must have done a lot of research, enquired many sources, looked for options and then finally settled for the one you thought the best for you and it is now delivered. You have had enough of the old one; so you keep it aside or dispose of it and are excited to use the new one. All you want is that it should give you the comfort you expected from it. Like many other things you buy like your new shoes or your new car, you need to give them some time to get going before they start giving you the expected performance.

Give It Some Time To Settle
The first and foremost thing you should understand is that your newly bought mattress is not going to do the miracles for you from the very first night. The first few days’ usage may not be very pleasant and leave you sore. You may feel like sleeping on a firmer uncomfortable surface. This is because you were accustomed to your old softened mattress. The new one needs some time to settle to respond to your body requirements. It’s normal, so you should have the patience for a few days, may be a fortnight or so before it starts giving what you expect.

Indentations
You will find some indentations or depressions in the mattress in the initial days. This is not a manufacturing defect. You have just started to put the pressure of your body on it and its padding begins to form shapes. These are the projected zones of your body that have put more pressure on the mattress causing these depressions. It’s good; the mattress is responding to your body contours. You keep on sleeping on it and the depressions will slowly fade away. The mattress adjusts to your body and gives you the maximum support and comfort.

New Bed Smell
When your mattress is new, you get a new bed smell. This is because of the freshness of the material used in making it. Usually, the mattress is packed immediately after it is made; so the plastic wrappers trap the smell and when you open it before placing on the bed, you get the new smell. There is no need to worry and this smell will dissipate away very soon.

Higher Bed
You may feel your bed a bit higher when your mattress is new. This is a little thicker and that is why you feel the difference in height. With the passage of time, it will even out with your body weight.

In order to get your new mattress getting used to you quickly, you need to do a few things. You should use it daily though initial few nights may not be very comfortable and keep you tossing and turning. Another thing you should do is to rotate it regularly so that it comforts you on all sides. This will also enhance its life. Have a little patience with the new mattress and it will give you the peace of mind you wanted.

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Personalize Your Mattress For A Good Night Sleep

Good Night SleepNothing can be more satisfying than using something specially made for you. It’s a special feeling that gives you immense happiness. You can just check how many of your belongings you have customized and how much you enjoyed and felt pampered using them. When you can customize so many other things, then why not your mattress?

Your mattress stays with you almost one third of your life considering average 8 hour sleep daily. It rejuvenates you for the whole next day. You might have yourself experienced sometimes how difficult the day was if you could not get a good night sleep the preceding night. Therefore it is imperative that mattress, the most important item on your bed must take care of you when you are asleep.

How do you get the best mattress for yourself? How do you personalize your mattress? You must remember, a mattress that is good for your friend may not be good for you or vice versa. You are different, so you deserve a mattress specially made for you. Good news is that it is possible!!

How To Choose Your Personalised Mattress?

• You must have a mattress befitting you bed. The first thing you should look for is you sleeping habit. How you sleep i.e. on your back, on your stomach or on your sides; this will determine the relative hardness or softness requirement of the mattress.

• Your body weight and contours also play an important role. They call it IDL or Indentation Load deflection which gives you the feel of the mattress; how firm or soft it feels when you lie down on it. If you want a soft bed to sink your body in it for extra comfort, you can get it with a hard base to support your body weight.

• Your personalised mattress should take care to efficiently support the “S” curve of your body or the spinal alignment during sleep; else you keep tossing and turning on the bed whole night. This is very important for a quality sleep.

• You must see that your mattress is able to ‘breathe’ properly. It should have enough space in between the layers for free passage of air. Sufficient airflow is required to regulate the temperature of the mattress and consequently your body. You should not be sweating during sleep.

• Quality of material of the mattress and its workmanship play a key role in the compatibility of the mattress to your specific needs and its long life. There are different qualities of foam, latex, cotton, fibre etc they use in mattress. You must enquire and ensure that your get the right proportion of materials in your mattress.

Your good night sleep will not be pricking on your pocket. You should know that you do not have to spend a lot; it will take some of your time and effort but the final cost may give you a pleasant surprise. Considering the direct benefits you get from a personalised mattress, you will be happy that you didn’t go for a readymade branded one.

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Get Rid Of These Bizarre Sleep Disorders

Sleep is as important an activity for living beings as any other life-saving activity like eating, drinking, breathing, moving etc. It’s the relaxing time and gives an opportunity for the body and mind to recover and rejuvenate. In fact, sleep is the one activity that decides how active you will be the next day.

For human beings, sleep is more than that. It affects your mood and your mental alertness. Physically it determines your preparedness, your posture, and general health conditions. On an average, a normal adult needs 8 hours sleep every day. However many do not get it adequate due to some sleep disorders. To an estimate, around 12% population suffers from one such disorder or the other. Let us examine some commonly occurring ones.

Suffering from sleep disorder

Insomnia
Inability to fall asleep or frequently waking up in the night is called insomnia. This is one of the most common syndromes and can be chronic or acute in nature. Under chronic conditions, you are not able to sleep properly for months together. In extreme cases such as narcolepsy, you feel sleep-deprived all the time. You are not able to sleep in the night and whole day you feel drowsiness and lack enthusiasm. More than 10% people suffer from insomnia in varying degrees.

Sleep Apnoea
Sleep apnoea is a disorder wherein the breathing is interrupted or slowed down significantly during sleep. Though this happens for few seconds only at a time more often than not, this sleep apnoea is followed by loud snoring and subsequent waking up. It may be repeated many times during the night.

Sleep Walking
In sleepwalking, you just wake up and start wandering. This is a mental status when your consciousness level is extremely low but physically you are more active. Apart from walking you may also be involved in other activities like talking, cleaning, driving etc. This is dangerous and you may hurt yourself.

Hallucination
During sleep or just before you reach sub-consciousness sometimes you experience strange things. You may hear strange voices, see animals or strange people or feel lost. You want to shout, you want to run away. You try it with your full energy but you cannot and suddenly wake up sweating. This is sleeping hallucination coupled with sleeping paralysis.

Sleep Eating
You may be conscious enough to choose your food while awake; however, in this syndrome, you wake up in your sleep and start eating strange things which you may never do otherwise. You may indulge in high-calorie food like chocolates, butter etc or sometimes even strange things like soap.

You will find all the above and some more sleep disorders at a glance in an infographic. A lot of research has been done on sleep disorders and it is still going on. Major reasons identified are anxiety, mental stress, jet-lags, medication, drink before sleeping, health conditions and even genetics. Treatment varies from sufferer to sufferer depending on the problem and its degree. However, if you maintain some basic sleep hygiene, you will find a remarkable reduction in your sleep disorders.

Make your bedroom environment sleep worthy with no TV in bed, no noise, no sharp light there. Intake of alcohol, caffeine or nicotine must be avoided. No argument, no emotional discussion before sleep. Just try these simple tricks and very soon you will forget you had any sleeping problem.

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