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Tempur sleep guide

How to get a better night’s sleep

When talking about a healthy lifestyle, many people often mention exercise, food and reducing stress, but tend to forget the benefits of a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential for your mental, physical and emotional health.

During sleep, your muscles, immune and nervous systems restore themselves, and the part of the brain that controls emotions, memory, mood, social interaction and even speech and decision making, recover from the strains of of the day. If you don’t get enough good quality sleep you will have difficulties waking up, and suffer from lack of concentration and feelings of moodiness, irritability and anxiety. Sustained sleep deprivation can also lead to metabolic problems associated with serious conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

At TEMPUR®, we take your sleep seriously and we’d like to offer some advice to ensure that you get the best quality sleep each night, so that you can wake up fully revitalised and ready for a new day.

Tips to improve your sleep

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CONSIDER YOUR BED AND MATTRESS
Pressure points cause tossing & turning. A pressure relieving mattress can greatly reduce tossing and turning.
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SLOW DOWN BEFORE BED TIME
Reducing your pulse rate by listening to soft music, relaxing and reading. It also helps to avoid bright lights and loud music in order to relax properly and enjoy your sleep.
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WRITE THINGS DOWN THAT WORRY YOU
By making notes you get things off your mind and do not worry that you will forget them. This makes it much easier to relax.
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OPTIMISE YOUR SLEEP ENVIRONMENT
Pay attention to small details in your bedroom such as light (eliminating as much as possible), temperature (not too hot or too cool) and sound (no noise except soothing music). Other contributing factors include your bed linen (always choose pure cotton) pyjamas (loose fitting pure cotton is best) and electrical devices in the room (reduce the use of TV’s and tablets).

PREVENT NECK AND BACK PAIN

Back pain affects up to 80% of people at some time in their lives, and back pain sufferers often have great difficulty sleeping well. Working conditions, day-to-day stress and lack of exercise have all been cited as reasons for back pain. Poor mattresses and pillows can indeed also cause or aggravate back pain.
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The best way to improve ergonomics is to choose the right pillow and mattress. The wrong pillow size and/or form can cause or aggravate neck and shoulder problems. An unsuitable pillow can lead to disturbed sleep with increased tossing and turning. In addition, an old, worn out mattress can aggravate back problems and will spoil the quality of your sleep. One third of your life is spent sleeping, so it is important to invest in a mattress which offers the correct support and comfort.

The mattress and pillow should support your body in its natural position, allowing it to rest and recover from the day’s activities. This means that the pillow and mattress should adapt to the spine’s natural contours in order to help the muscles relax. If you have musculoskeletal disorders that require medical treatment, we suggest that you talk with your physician or therapist about the types of sleeping ergonomics that would support your treatment and about pillows and mattresses suitable for you.

SNORING

Snoring is often not seen as a major issue for sleep quality, and sometimes more of a laughing matter. But snoring can be a serious problem and can disturb or even ruin sleep of both the snorer and his or her partner. Snoring can also lead to several serious illnesses. If you want to take your night as seriously as your day, snoring is an issue to be addressed.

Why do we snore?
Snoring is normally a result of a narrowing of the airways, and several physical factors can cause it. Alcohol, obesity, sedatives, smoking and other stimulants that make muscles relax can also cause snoring. You should always contact a professional medical to get advice on snoring, especially if you suspect that you suffer from severe snoring. Snoring can be a serious medical condition that needs to be treated by professionals!
How to avoid snoring
If you suffer from a lighter snoring condition, you can try to avoid alcohol, smoking and sedatives, especially right before going to bed. You can also try out an anatomically correct pillow that supports your head, neck and spine correctly. A study executed for Tempur-Pedic by Preston-Osborne Marketing Communications and Research showed that The OriginalPillow by Tempur® reduced snoring and improved the sleep of both the snorer and the partner significantly.
TAKE YOUR NIGHT AS SERIOUSLY AS YOUR DAY!