What Do You Wear To Bed?


What do you wear when you go to bed? You may be surprised that what you wear or don’t wear goes a long way to ensure that you get a restful night’s sleep. There is no right or wrong answer, to be sure. It really comes down to preference. What do you feel comfortable wearing?

Hopefully this question doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable. It shouldn’t. Fads and customs may have changed over the years, but the hard reality is that everyone goes to sleep, and most people wear something loose fitting and comfortable. Some people wear nothing at all. Depending on where you are sleeping the choice you make of nightwear could also change. If you’re camping outside you may wear something heavier like sweatpants or even your jeans. If you’re sharing a hotel room with your friends, you may not wish to go au natural. The bottom line is that everyone wants to be comfortable when they sleep. Comfort is key.

In a 2004 survey conducted by the Federal Government, it seems that many of us have very specific opinions about what makes us comfortable when we go to bed. The statistics speak for themselves. Clothing or nightwear worn by American men and women may have changed slightly over the years since this study, but despite changes in style and preference, not a lot has changed in the numbers.

What worn for sleeping Men (%) Women (%) All (%)
Nothing/Nude 31 14 22
Underwear 31 2 16
Nightgown or Pajamas 13 55 34
Shorts and T-shirt 21 25 23
Sweatshirt and Sweatpants 1 2 1
*Something else 3 1 2
No opinion 1 1 1

*Something else includes garments not usually associated with sleeping ie., gym shorts and tank-tops to name a few.

What makes men and women comfortable at least in terms of what they choose to wear for bed is not the same on average. Although men seem to be more comfortable sleeping nude, it seems that many women do not. Whether this difference is based on societal norms or preference is unclear. There are differences in how men and women dress for bed, that’s the bottom line. Whatever the reason, that facts are pretty clear for both. Whatever makes you comfortable and relaxed in getting a good night’s sleep is more important that what is worn to bed each night.

Normally a topic best broached behind closed-doors and in the privacy of your bedroom, American’s have slowly come to terms with sharing their preference for the clothing they sleep in at night. It doesn’t have to be an embarrassing topic. What one wears to bed shouldn’t be a titillating subject, but one that speaks to personal preference and feeling comfortable. All of this boils down to getting a restful sleep experience and feeling comfortable while doing it.

The Path To Better Sleep – Tips and Advice

Tips For Better SleepSleep is a very important aspect of our overall health, mental and physical. In fact, many physicians consider the amount of sleep one receives as important a barometer of health as taking your temperature. Adults and seniors who don’t receive enough sleep are more susceptible to depression, memory and attention problems, and excessive drowsiness. Furthermore, a lack of sleep is also linked to other serious medical conditions such as increased risk of cardiovascular disease, weight problems, breast cancer in women and diabetes.

No matter your age, getting the proper amount of sleep each and every night is essential to maintaining healthy mental and physical capacities. Seniors, especially, need to be mindful of the amount of sleep they get each night in order to help refresh their immune system to prevent disease, allow your body time to repair damaged cells, and improve concentration and memory formation.

How Many Hours Of Sleep Is Right For An Adult?

The requirements of sleep tends to vary from person to person, however, most adults usually require between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to function at their best. A recent study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health and they found that healthy older individuals may require between one and two hours less sleep than younger adults. It’s also very important to not get too hung up on the actual number of hours you spend sleeping, but really focus on the quality of the sleep you are getting. Quality is much more important than quantity.

As a matter of fact, some adults and seniors mistakenly believe they have a sleeping problem because they go to bed expecting to sleep eight or nine hours and don’t. This leads to them needlessly using medications to help them sleep. You must focus on how you feel after you sleep. If you feel refreshed and charged for the day, chances are you sleeping enough. Indications you may not be sleeping enough or have some sort of sleeping disorder are you frequently wake each morning feeling un-rested, sluggish and drowsy throughout the day. These problems should be addressed by a physician or a sleep expert.

How To Improve Sleep Habits

If you are feeling tired throughout the day or drowsy, don’t automatically assume you have a sleeping disorder. First you must examine your sleeping habits as they are more than likely the culprit for your tired days. An environment that promotes poor sleep is a problem that affects a vast majority of us. Also, poor daytime habits can be one of the main causes of sleep problems and low-quality sleep in adults and seniors. Most of us develop our poor habits over our lifetime and develop more bad habits as we age. Fortunately, these bad sleeping habits can be easily changed into good ones and result in improved sleep and improved overall health.

Be Active

 

Get involved in the community and family events. Try volunteering or taking some classes that will help stimulate your activity. Increased activity can help prepare your body for a great night’s sleep.

Exercise

 

When you exercise regularly you body releases endorphins that will help improve your mood and reduces stress, anxiety and depression.

Open The Blinds

 

Exposure to sunlight helps regulate the melatonin levels in your body and your sleep-wake cycles. Aim for two hours of sunlight a day. Try opening the blinds at work or at home. When you settle in to read a good book, move your favorite chair to a sunny spot.

Stay Away From Caffeine, Nicotine and Alcohol

 

Stimulants interfere with the quality of your sleep and should be avoided. Caffeine, obviously, stimulates your body to remain awake. If you must drink coffee or energy drinks, do so sparingly and not before bed.

 

Get A Bedtime Routine

Routines are very helpful in creating consistent, quality habits. When you develop a system, things are likely to go smoothly. This holds true with your sleeping habits as well.

Stick To A Sleep Schedule

 

Develop a schedule for sleep and stick to it. Go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time every day. Weekends too. This gets your body in a routine and prepares your mind and body that it is time to go to sleep and time to wake up.

Develop A Bedtime Ritual

 

Get in the habit of doing the same thing each night before you lie down to go to sleep. For instance, you can take a warm bath to relax, play soothing music without lyrics, or practice relaxation techniques. All of these things will help your mind and body relax and recognize it’s bedtime.

Examine Your Sleeping Area

 
The area in which we sleep each night is often overlooked and is one of the most important aspects, all things considered, of our overall sleep quality. Review each part of your bedroom and how it might affect your sleep. Light, noise, temperature, mattress, pillow, sheets, and pets.

Update Your Mattress

 

The mattress you sleep on can often times be the biggest offender when it comes to disturbances and being uncomfortable during sleep. The average life of a mattress is about 8 years and if yours is older than that, it’s time to replace it. Mattresses For Less is a leader in providing the top name brand mattresses such as Serta, Simmons, iComfort, Comforpedic and Restonic. Mattresses For Less is also the adjustable bed headquarters with the largest selection of adjustable bases and mattresses in Houston, Texas.

 

Be Comfortable

 

Remove extra noise, light and heat from your bedroom. Turn off the TV when falling asleep or remove it from the bedroom altogether. A TV can cause your mind to focus on the show and not on falling asleep. Cover your windows with blinds and curtains to block out unwanted light. Set the air conditioner on a comfortable temperature. Having it too hot or too cold can cause restlessness and disturbance in your sleep.

Again, it can not be stressed enough that sleep is vital to our health. No matter your age, you must gain quality sleep each and every night in order to maintain peak performance throughout the day. So, we hope these tips will aid those experiencing sleeping issues and provide some guidance to help them get back on track and catching some quality z’s.  Don’t forget that an old mattress can often times be the biggest problem to a person’s sleep.

The Health Benefits of Adjustable Mattresses

Did you know that according to the American Chiropractic Association, half of all Americans admit to experiencing back pain every year? It is one of the most common reasons for missed work and doctor’s office visits.  Serious conditions such as Arthritis, bulging discs, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, etc. should not be taken lightly.

Whether you currently suffer from one of these conditions, have any kind of back pain or want to prevent said problems, your mattress is the place to start. A mattress that conforms to your body will provide immediate pressure point relief, allowing for a better night’s sleep and a pain free future. Mattresses for Less is Houston’s adjustable bed headquarters, offering over 70 different mattresses and adjustable bed combinations! Providing brands such as ComforPedic from Beautyrest and Serta iComfort, it’s your one stop shop toward back pain relief.  Both of these brands provide mattresses made of memory foam that deliver more targeted support giving you instant pain relief.

Memory foam mattresses are unlike any other mattresses available today, in that they help you attain an ideal sleeping posture giving you the proper spinal alignment while in bed.  This results in the relief of pain, soreness and body aches by displacing the pressure along the length of your body. The Serta iComfort features a Cool Action™ Gel Memory Foam that not only provides you with the support your back needs, but the cooling touch you have always wanted. Similar to the iComfort, the ComforPedic contains a ventilated edge system with a mesh fabric that provides you with a much cooler, more comfortable sleep. Whether you’re an athlete, pregnant woman, growing child or senior, you will be completely satisfied with the health benefits from these mattresses. Employing some of the most helpful and educated mattress specialists, they are sure to help you find an adjustable mattress and base that will best fit your needs!

4 Steps To A Better Nights Sleep

Sleepy BabyTake a step back and really look at all of the factors that contribute to how you sleep each night. Pressures at work, from family, unexpected challenges, illnesses, etc. Are you feeling cabby? Worn out? We are the worst judges when it comes to our own sleep habits and often times we don’t recognize or even pay attention to the lack of quality sleep we receive each night. So, if you are waking up tired and in pain with a worn down path to the coffee pot, it may be time to take a hard look at your sleep habits and start practicing these steps to improve them and your overall health. It has been proven that sleep has a direct relationship to our overall physical and mental health.

Stick To A Schedule

A schedule is very important to each and every one of our professional careers. It holds appointments, meetings, daily errands, etc. Why aren’t we setting the same ground rules for our personal health? For instance, scheduling time to get in the gym and work on our fitness or scheduling a bed time each night and holding ourselves to it. Understandably, there are times where it’s just not possible lay down and go to sleep certain nights due to an influx of work, or maybe a newborn baby in your life. We get it. But, on the nights where it is possible, give it your best effort to go to sleep and rise and shine at the same time. Even on the weekends, holidays, and your days off. When you practice consistency in your sleeping habits it reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and promotes deeper, more restful sleep. It’s not going to come easy at first, as with any routine, it takes time to perfect. Don’t agonize over falling asleep as you may find it more difficult to dose off. If you can’t fall asleep within the first 15 minutes of laying down, get up and do something relaxing and try again.

Create A Bedtime Ritual

This will help with sticking to the bedtime schedule. As you fall into a certain routine it will help your body and mind recognize that it is getting closer to bedtime and you will find yourself relaxing and it will be much easier to sleep. Do the same things each night before you crawl into bed. Take a shower or bath, read a book or listen to soft, soothing music. These relaxing activities will help the transition from wakefulness to drowsiness and promote better sleep.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable

Believe it or not, being uncomfortable makes it harder to sleep. Shocker, right? Make sure your bedroom, bed, pillows, sheets, blankets, etc. all are as comfortable as possible. Turn the air down. Dim or turn off the lights. Consider earplugs to block out noise or a sound machine to create an ambiance that best suits your needs. Your mattress and pillows are two key components that directly affect how you sleep. These types used are subjective, of course, to the person using them – but here is a guide to help you decide on the right pillow. If you have a partner, make sure there is enough room for both of you to be comfortable. Also, if you have children or pets, make sure to set limits on how often they sleep with you or insist on them sleeping separately.

Manage Your Stress

Stress plays one of the biggest roles in the quality of sleep we enjoy each night. If you’re stressed your mind can wander and focus on all of the things bothering you, the tasks that need completion tomorrow, etc. This does not promote quality sleep. Organize your thoughts before bed. Try making a list of everything on your mind. Putting your thoughts on paper is a great way to release stress and help relieve your mind of everything you need to do. Set priorities, delegate tasks, laugh with a friend, exercise or find a suitable, HEALTHY way to relieve stress.

If you find yourself thinking that your current mattress isn’t up to snuff and it is part of the reason for your lack of quality sleep, Mattresses For Less is here to help. We have a massive inventory of top name brand mattresses in stock including Serta, Simmons, iComfot, Comforpedic, Beauty Rest Black, and Restonic. We are also Houston’s Adjustable Bed Headquarters with the largest selection of adjustable beds and bases in Texas. Visit any one of our 5 Houston, Texas locations so that our trained staff assist you in choosing the perfect night’s sleep for you!