Benefits of Adjustable Beds

Adjustable beds have come a long way in the past decade with the help of research and science.  Newer adjustable bed designs help sleepers find relief from a myriad of ailments, pains and problems associated with sleeping on an old mattress and frame.  More and more studies are showing the therapeutic effects adjustable beds can have on the body. Adjustable beds remove the one size fits all approach to sleeping and allows each individual to customize to their specifications.

Common sleeping problems are solved with adjustable beds.  For example, an adjustable bed can improve breathing for lung expansion, alleviate back pain, and even offer relief from acid reflex or heartburn.  The relief from these problems means a better night’s sleep and leaving you feeling more energetic throughout the day.  Below is a chart from orthopedist for a better look on why adjustable beds are beneficial.1

In addition to alleviating pain and discomfort, adjustable beds are great for improving your nightly activities like reading and watching TV.  You can lay with your back propped up and not have to worry about hurting your back.  Adjustable beds are quickly becoming preferred by a variety of consumers for their bedrooms.

The health benefits of adjustable mattresses are evident and directly connected to how comfortable and supportive they are for your body.  Sleeping on your back at an incline allows your body to maintain proper circulation and posture while sleeping.

We are Houston’s adjustable bed headquarters! We have by far the largest selection of adjustable beds in the Houston area.  We have over 70 different mattresses and base combinations to choose from.  Our knowledgeable experts and our vast selection allow you to find the mattress perfect for you!

Fall Asleep Fast

Fall Asleep Fast

                Falling asleep quickly is almost everyone’s wish.  How about a full night of restful and comfortable sleep with no tossing or turning.  How many of you are constantly fluffing that pillow or feel restless when you lay down?  Unfortunately this blog will not answer the age old question of how to fall sleep quickly but we can offer some great advice.23

The first and most basic step is acquiring a comfortable mattress.  There are numerous types of mattresses so it is best to do your research and find the one that fits your preferences.  The days of choosing between a hard or soft mattress are gone.  The home bedroom market is full of different products and materials.  This is why it’s important to do your research as well as view our website.  Why do we say that?  Mattresses For Less just doesn’t pick any mattress to sell.  We do our own research into the product making sure the product works as advertised and that its cost is proportionate with its consumer value.  Here are a few mattresses that have great prices and reviews:

Once you find a comfortable mattress be strict about going to bed on time.  For example, get into bed Monday through Friday at 10:30 pm and envision your falling asleep at 10:45 every night.  Eventually your body will get use to this routine and automatically tell itself that it’s time to sleep.  One other small tip is moving your mobile phone away from the nightstand.  You will be surprised how many people feel flustered that they can’t fall asleep and feel like they need to make use of this time.  They will grab their phone and check their email and social media.  It’s best to leave it until the morning.sert

Restful sleep is within your grasp.  It just takes some new tools and patience.  We can ensure you that once you feel a full night’s sleep you will be glad you spent your time, energy, and money to achieve it.

Lack of Sleep: A Public Health Epidemic

Getting decent sleep at night is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight and mind. It’s important to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night because lack of sleep can affect your health, looks and even your ability to lose weight. When you don’t get enough sleep at night, it doesn’t just make you cranky in the morning, but it can also lead to serious long term health risks.

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get six or less hours of sleep a night have higher levels of inflammatory proteins in their blood than those who get more hours of sleep a night.

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Lack of sleep can suppress your immune system, which makes you vulnerable to infections. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation or when you’re under stress. In addition, infection fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.

Many people have experienced sickly, yellow skin and puffy eyes as a result of missing a few nights of sleep. It turns out that chronic sleep loss can also lead to lackluster skin, fine lines and dark circles under the eyes.

When you don’t get enough sleep your body releases more stress hormones. In excess amounts, this hormone can break down skin collagen, the protein that keep skin smooth and elastic.

Many of us try to sleep as little as possible. While so many things seem more interesting or important than getting a few more hours of sleep, just like exercise and nutrition are vital to staying healthy, so is getting the good night’s rest.

Going To Bed Angry

177702323-smallWe all know firsthand that sleep affects our mood. After a sleepless night you may be more irritable and vulnerable to stress and once you sleep, your mood often returns to normal. The same can go for the other way around too. We’ve all heard the saying “never go to bed angry”. Now research has shown that going to bed angry can have serious ill effects on your health, aside from insomnia and sleepless nights.

Chronic anger increases your blood pressure and heart rate. It also increases the pressure inside your skull, makes your breathing irregular, decreases insulin activity along with multiple other symptoms which can all affect your sleep and cause you to wake up feeling still tired in the morning.

If you’re angry right before bed, it’s recommended to not go to sleep right away, but to stay awake for a couple hours and relax before falling asleep. Research has shown that going to sleep after experiencing negative emotions appears to reinforce or “preserve” them.

In the study, psychologists showed participants disturbing photos (like scenes from a war-torn country) and found that sleep make the participants’ negative emotional memories stronger.

To help avoid going to bed with these negative feelings fresh, try thinking about something positive that happened during the day, or earlier in the week. This will help relax you and allow you to have a more peaceful sleep so you can feel stress free and more rested in the morning.

Effects of Sleep Deprivation

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We all know not getting enough sleep at night can make us cranky in the morning. What we don’t know is how lack of sleep impacts the rest of your body as well. It can affect your health, looks and even your ability to lose weight.

Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down

Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning and lack of sleep can hurt these cognitive processes. It impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem solving. During the night, various sleep cycles play a role in “consolidating” memories in the mind. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you won’t be able to remember what you learned and experienced during the day.

Serious Health Problems

Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at risk for:

– Heart disease
– Heart attack
– Heart failure
– Irregular heartbeat
– High blood pressure
– Stroke
– Diabetes

According to some estimates, 90% of people with insomnia also have another health condition.

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Lack of Sleep Ages Your Skin

Many people have experienced sickly, yellow skin and puffy eyes as a result of missing a few nights of sleep. It turns out that chronic sleep loss can also lead to lackluster skin, fine lines and dark circles under the eyes.

When you don’t get enough sleep your body releases more stress hormones. In excess amounts, this hormone can break down skin collagen, the protein that keep skin smooth and elastic.

Sleep Tips for Night Shift Workers

86492401-smallThe human body is naturally wired to be awake during the day and to sleep at night. However not all career paths offer the luxury of sleep while the sun is down. Emergency room nurses, late night security guards and bakers are all working hard through the night while the rest of us are sleeping.

It’s common that people who work the later shifts don’t get enough quality sleep and are more prone to developing work shift sleep disorder (SWSD). SWSD is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder involves a problem with your body’s 24-hour internal clock. Light and dark help your body know when to be active and when to rest. When these are reversed, your body’s internal clock needs to be reset in order to let you sleep during the day.

There are ways you can help your body get better sleep during the day and feel more active during your shift at night:

Create a Restful Environment

To encourage uninterrupted sleep, turn off or unplug your phone and hang blackout shades on the windows. Schedule appointments and other activities outside of your designated “sleep period”. This includes letting family and friends know to not disturb you during these times of the day.

Take a Short Nap before your Shift

Napping for up to 30 minutes just before working a late night shift can help increase alertness and enhance your performance. Napping also helps quicken reaction time, improves your memory, and helps prevent you from making mistakes in the work place. Keep your naps short though, the longer your nap, the more likely you are to feel groggy when you wake up.

Stick to a Routine

Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day helps promote good sleep. Being consistent is very important, even if this means maintaining your new sleep schedule on weekends and days off.

Make Healthy Life Choices

Eat a healthy diet and include physical activity into your daily routine. If exercise energizes you, plan to work out after you wake up, rather than before you go to sleep. Resist the temptation to use junk food or nicotine to stay awake, as well as avoiding alcohol to help you get to sleep.

If these tips don’t help, consult your doctor or a sleep specialist. Sometimes other underlying factors, such as sleep apnea, may be hindering your ability to get a good night’s (or day’s) sleep.

Health Benefits of Sleep

Getting adequate quality sleep at night is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight and mind. It not only helps you feel healthier and more energized, but it also goes beyond boosting your mood and getting rid of dark circles under your eyes.

Curb Inflammation

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get six or less hours of sleep a night have higher levels of inflammatory proteins in their blood than those who get more hours of sleep a night.

Reduce Risk of Getting Sick

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Lack of sleep can suppress your immune system, which makes you vulnerable to infections. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Cytokines are the proteins in your body that aid cell to cell communication in immune responses and stimulate the movement of cells toward sites of inflammation, infection and trauma. When your body is tired and not getting enough rest, these proteins and the cells used to fight off inflammation and infection are not reproducing.

Avoid Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that being tired accounted for the highest number of fatal, single-car, run-off-the-road crashes due to the driver’s performance – even more than alcohol. Insufficient sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having an alcoholic drink.

Improve Performance

Getting extra sleep can even improve athletic performance. Five swimmers were monitored as part of a study in 2008. They extended their sleep to 10 hours a day for six to seven weeks. At the end of the study the athletes could swim faster and react more quickly.

Many of us try to sleep as little as possible. While so many things seem more interesting or important than getting a few more hours of sleep, just like exercise and nutrition are vital to staying healthy, so is getting a good night’s rest.

Tips for Better Sleep

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How you feel while you are awake can heavily depend on how well you slept the night before. Similarly, your daily routine can also have an impact on the quality of rest you get at night. It is important to experiment with different sleep strategies to see what works best for you.

– Sticking with a sleep schedule, even on weekends, is one of the most important strategies for getting a good night’s rest. Being consistent reinforces you body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.

– It is important to avoid naps if you have regular trouble falling asleep at night. If you must nap, keep it brief (20 minutes or less) and do it early in the day. Any shut eye within eight hours of your bedtime can sabotage a good night’s sleep.

– Regular exercise has been shown to improve sleep quality as long as you don’t work out too close to bedtime. Aim to finish any vigorous exercise 3-4 hours before you go to sleep.

– Avoid heavy foods and big meals late in the day and finish snacks at least an hour before bed.200434115-001

– Managing your stress plays a big factor in getting a good night’s rest. When you have too much on your mind, your sleep is likely to suffer. Before bed, write down what is on your mind and then set it aside for tomorrow.

– Soothing “white noise” can mask undesired distractions such as traffic noise or a partner’s snoring. Using a fan, air conditioner or white noise generator in the bedroom can help neutralize sounds that can keep you up at night.

– The bedroom should be reserved strictly for sleep and intimacy. It is best to take work materials, computers and televisions out of the sleeping environment and avoid activities that cause anxiety and prevent you from falling asleep.

Sleeping Positions And Your Health

177840546-smallHow you sleep at night can play a big role in your overall health. While getting enough sleep is very important, how you sleep also plays a big factor. Different sleeping positions can affect your back, neck and spine as well as snoring, insomnia and sleep apnea. While sleeping on your back with your arms at your side is generally considered to be the best position for your spine health, back sleepers tend to snore more and sleep apnea is strongly associated with this position.

Common sleeping positions:

Fetal position: Sleeping curled up in to a ball with your knees drawn up and your head tilted might be comfortable, but it can unfavorable for your back and neck and restrict deep breathing.

On your back, arms down: This is thought to be the best position for your spine and neck although it is also associated with snoring and sleep apnea.

On your back, arms up: Also known as the “starfish”, this position is also good for your back and may also help to prevent wrinkles and breakouts. While it can also result in snoring, having your arms up can put pressure on the nerves in your shoulders leading to pain.

Face down: While sleeping on your stomach can improve digestion, sleeping face down forces you to tilt your head to the side to breath and put a lot of strain on your neck and back as the curve of the spine is not supported.

On side: When sleeping on your side with your arms down, the spine is best supported in its natural curve. The can help reduce back pain and sleep apnea. The downside? Sleeping on your side can contribute to skin aging and wrinkles due to gravity.

Pillow-Supplemented: Regardless of which sleeping position you prefer, it’s likely you’ll get a better night’s rest with less pain by supplementing your body with a pillow. Back sleepers can put a small pillow under the arch of their spine, side sleepers and place a pillow between the knees and stomach sleepers can place a pillow under their hips.

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Sleeping Under the Stars

As summer comes to an end, and the temperatures become bearable again, now is the perfect time for a little weekend get-a-way for some peace and quiet. You might find that straying from the city lights, and venturing off to a serene place under the starlit sky may be your destination.

Heading out to an environment without clocks, deadlines, chores, and electronics is good for one’s peace of mind, and also gives you a chance to re-calibrate your sleeping patterns that have been tossed around in the midst of the work-week sea.

Being chained to your desk and excessive urgency for electronic gadgets throughout the week are guilty as charged for your lack of sleep. The byproducts of sleep deprivation and daily stresses can result in serious health problems, decrease in production levels, and destruction of  your internal clock.

Research suggests our circadian rhythms have been a mess ever since electric lighting was introduced in the 1930’s. The comforts of modern living and technology disrupt the brains circadian rhythms (your internal clock) and abbreviate the release of natural melatonin, which explains why so many of us have a hard time falling asleep and feeling like going right back to bed as soon as we wake.

The key to resetting your body’s clock is spending some time outdoors with natural lighting. Think about it, the sun goes down, the campfire comes out, a few hours later, your body takes a shift and a new sleeping pattern has been invited. The sun comes out, and you are up preparing for the day, enjoying as much sunlight as possible until sunset. After we have been exposed to these natural cues, melatonin levels are able to rise and fall, suggesting that our brain starts to promote wakefulness or sleepiness. A quiet, countryside mini-cation may be long overdue, it’s time to disconnect from you gadgets so you can experience tranquility and restoration. Just try your best not to “tweet” about it.