October 24, 2016

Better Sleep

Innersprings and Better Sleep

Anyone who’s spent the night tossing and turning knows the negative effects of poor sleep. Sleep problems have become a modern phenomenon that takes a tremendous toll on our bodies and minds, demonstrated by the unprecedented 50-percent increase in the use of prescription sleep aids among adults under age 45 from 1998 to 2006.

What you may not realize is that poor sleep caused by an uncomfortable mattress robs you of your sleep AND deprives you of your long-term health. Recent studies associate lack of sleep with serious health problems like increased risk of depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Finding the right mattress is more important than ever. Dedicated to helping you sleep well, Leggett & Platt’s innersprings and foundations are ergonomically engineered to give the support and comfort your body needs for a healthy night’s rest.

Four Elements of Good Sleep

Surely you’ve heard of the four food groups and understand that a balanced diet plays an important role in our overall health. The same theory applies to the Four Elements of Good Sleep. If your mattress doesn’t provide each of these aspects, you may be stuck in an unhealthy sleep pattern.

  • Active Support: Allows your muscles to relax in a more natural sleep position
  • Body Support: Provides proper body support; is sensitive to the body’s contours and helps to reduce movement during sleep
  • Weight Distribution: Supports varying degrees of weight with consistent firmness
  • Pressure Equalization: Equalizes pressure points creating balanced support from head-to-toe

Fortunately, all of L&P’s innersprings and box springs are built with these four elements in mind, ensuring that you and your customers get a good night of sleep every night.

Better Sleep and Your Sleeping Environment

Choosing the right innerspring mattress with all Four Elements of Good Sleepplays an integral role in your quality of sleep, however your sleeping environment plays an equally important role. Factors that can alter a person’s sleep/wake cycle can be divided into two general categories: intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic factors are usually associated with medical disorders that require treatment by a health care practitioner. Some of the most common intrinsic sleep disorders are sleep apnea and periodic limb movement.

Extrinsic factors are usually associated with environmental conditions that affect our sleep. There are several tips that sleep experts widely agree can help people deal with extrinsic factors that alter their sleep/wake cycle:

  • Sleep on a mattress that provides proper support and reduces pressure.
  • Sleep as much as needed to feel refreshed and healthy during the following day.
  • Establish a regular sleep time.
  • A steady daily amount of exercise will help deepen sleep.
  • Occasional loud noises disturb sleep even if people are not awakened by them.
  • Sleep in a cool environment. Body temperature affects the circadian rhythm of sleep. Optimal sleep occurs when body temperature is at its lowest level of the day.
  • Hunger may disturb sleep. A light snack may help, but overeating may disturb sleep.
  • Caffeine in the evenings disturbs sleep, even in those who feel it does not.
  • Alcohol may help people fall asleep more quickly, but the sleep is then fragmented.
  • People who experience frustration trying to sleep should get out of bed and do something different until they are tired.