August 15th is National Relaxation Day! We could all use a little more R&R in our busy lives. Of course, taking true time to relax means doing more than just lounging around. To reap the full benefits, you need to commit to activities that calm and rejuvenate you.
And one of the best ways to relax? Letting your body rest in a comfortable mattress that properly supports those well-deserved Z’s. We’re breaking down the science behind quality sleep and its immense impact on relaxation. Plus, how to choose a mattress designed for better, more rejuvenating rest. Making small upgrades for deeper rest today can lead to better health and happiness long-term.
The Importance of Quality Sleep for Total Relaxation
We all know sleep is crucial. But researchers are still uncovering just how vital it is for physical health, mental wellbeing, productivity and more. Adults need between 7-9 hours per night. Yet, 35% of Americans get less than the minimum according to studies. Chronic sleep deficiency leads to a myriad issues:
- Impaired cognitive function
- Lack of focus
- Higher long-term risk for medical conditions
- Decreased immune system function
- Increased stress, irritability, and anxiety
- Greater chance of weight gain and obesity
Catching up on weekends does not fully reverse the effects. Ongoing quality nightly sleep is key. When you are well rested, your mind and body recharge for peak relaxation. Just as exercise improves health, sleep is essential ‘recovery time’ for optimal wellness.
The Right Mattress Provides Optimal Relaxation
How do you ensure sound sleep night after night? Start with the foundation – your mattress. You spend about a third of your life sleeping. Shouldn’t those hours be comfortable? Yet, many slog through nights on worn-out beds. A sagging, uneven mattress makes quality rest nearly impossible.
Upgrade to a mattress designed for all-night support and pressure relief. The materials and construction directly impact sleep quality and relaxation by:
- Cradling pressure points to minimize tossing and turning
- Keeping the spine properly aligned to prevent back pain
- Promoting air circulation and cooling for body temperature regulation
Choosing the Ideal Mattress for Restful Relaxation
Which mattress is right for you? Ultimately it comes down to personal preference, but here are a few factors to consider for relaxation-optimized sleep:
Mattress Type – There are so many mattresses to choose from, where do you even begin? Is a pillow top the best construction for you? How about an adjustable bed? Compare materials like memory foam, latex, hybrids that blend the support of an innerspring and the feel of memory foam. Understand your sleep position and individual needs. Try out mattresses for yourself to determine which ones work best for you. For more tips on selecting a mattress, check out this previous blog post.
Comfort Level – Everyone perceives comfort differently. At The Original Mattress Factory, we have a large selection of feels, ranging from very hard to very soft, so that you can find one that suits your needs the best.
Quality Support – A quality mattress should support your body, allowing it to relax. Support is provided through the innerspring or foam core, so make sure they are high quality and built to last.
Know When It’s Time for a Bed Upgrade
Have you noticed your current mattress sagging, feeling worn down, or causing aches and stiffness? Is there metal sticking out the sides? Those are sure signs a replacement is due. Experts recommend getting a new mattress every 8-10 years. At some point a mattress will lose the support and feel that you initially liked, and it will be time to start your journey towards getting a new one. Look for these red flags that might indicate it’s time for a new mattress:
- Discomfort – waking up with soreness in joints or back
- Your body has indented sections in the mattress where it sinks or sags
- You don’t feel fully supported and it is causing you to toss and turn at night
Give yourself the relaxation you deserve. Invest in a quality mattress from The Original Mattress Factory that suits your sleep needs and reap the wellness rewards for National Relaxation Day every day. Here’s to deep, restful nights ahead!
National Library of Medicine
The Extraordinary Importance of Sleep by Susan L. Worley
Written by: Chris Gardner, OMF Marketing