Sleep 101


For the Health of it!

Everyday, we work, exercise, eat, and have mental stress which wears on our bodies. If we do not get good sleep to rejuvenate our body, it can lead to many health issues. We all know that a body needs exercise and a healthy diet, BUT just as important as those two needs, we need good sleep. This is the time when our body is built back up and our brain is refreshed. It is recommended that we get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.

Americans typically are only getting about 6 1/2 hours on average, and we are at an all time high of health issues such as cancer. Many studies have linked the lack of sleep to be one of the causes for our deteriorating health. Did you know…in lab studies, scientists are able to give a rat cancer by depriving it from sleep! Wow! Scary stuff!

Sleep can boost your immune system, prevent cancer, aid in weight loss and reduce stress. So, if you do nothing else for your health, try getting a good night’s sleep. It’s easy, you can even lay down on the job!

How to Sleep Better

A dark room allows you to sleep better, along with a cooler temperature. The correct support for your body is very essential to enjoying many hours of uninterrupted sleep. First, the size of the sleeping surface is important. Always try to purchase the largest mattress size that will fit in your room. Did you know that if two people are sleeping on a full size mattress, each person has the same amount of space as they had in a crib!

That is not enough space for an adult to lay on their back with support under their arms. You are then required to move to your side, which causes pressure points to your shoulder and hips. Pressure points are the main cause of tossing and turning. If you find yourself tossing at night, it is time to come try some new mattresses.

Mattresses are made in a variety of support systems along with several types of foams to give extra support to soft and pillowy. Trying the mattress by laying on it for 10 minutes helps you understand if the feel will support your body comfortably. So, take some time and try the different styles to see which design offers the best feel.

There are a variety of mattress styles today. Some mattresses are made with just foam, synthetic and/or specialty foams, while others are a combination of foams and steel springs. At TriCity Furniture, we will always give you the inside story on each mattress‘s construction.

Serta mattresses are 100% constructed in Michigan. Each bed is made of American components, designed to give years of comfortable sleep. Most styles offer a firm, plush, pillow top and euro top design so that you can get the exact comfort and support for your body.

These styles vary in the amount of padding that is added above the spring or foam core interior. Mattress manufacturers can easily change the interior components of a mattress to vary the cost. Do not be fooled into thinking a $399.00 Queen mattress set will last as long as a $999.00 set. The quality and longevity of these sets will definitely be different!

Innerspring mattresses offer different spring units with variable coil counts from 200 coils up to near 2000 coils. The higher the number does not necessarily mean the bed will give you better support. The number of coils in combination with the weight of the steel spring is key. The border construction is also important, since we sit on the side to get in and out of the bed. Foam encasement of the spring unit offers support to the edge to give you support the full width of the mattress. The encasement also does not allow the edge of the bed to weaken after years of use.

There are a lot of details that could confuse an individual when picking out a new mattress. We don’t want you to be confused in any way. We will tell you the details and help you find the best bed which will give you the best sleep for the best price. We don’t use a fancy computer system that selects a mattress for you. We often hear how these systems make you lay differently than you normally sleep, or assign the most expensive mattress for individuals. You know you body and we know our mattresses. We will walk you through the process! Don’t stress! Remember stress is negative and we want your health to prosper starting NOW!

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