Smart, Budget-Conscious Ways To Sleep Well
(The following is a guest blog post composed by Dylan Foster, a writer and contributor to the website Health Well Wise.)
When it comes to your health, the way you sleep – or, more specifically, the mattress upon which you sleep – has more weight than you might expect. From online discounts to proper mattress care, there are ways to sidestep the issue of poor sleep and reap the benefits of a good night's rest without spending a fortune.
It’s important to understand how, exactly, your mattress can affect your health. First, your mattress is a haven for dust mites, which feed off of dead skin. These spider-like creatures live on your mattress, even if you are an absolute clean freak. Dust mites can trigger asthma, allergies, chest pain, and other respiratory issues. And it’s not just your lungs that suffer when you have an aging or inadequate mattress. A non-supportive mattress can cause back and neck pain and can contribute to night sweats and insomnia.
If you want to sleep well but can’t invest in a $5,000 mattress, keep reading for tips and tricks on how to banish a bad bedtime budget.
Vacuum Your Mattress
Those dust mites we mentioned earlier have an unlimited buffet that you replenish each night. You can scrub and exfoliate until you’re raw, but you’re still going to lose hair and skin cells. A lot of debris builds up on your mattress – even if it’s covered. You don’t have to spend $300 or more on a vacuum, either. You can find discounts by using Amazon promo codes and coupons. Amazon carries a full range of both upright and handheld vacuum cleaners for less than $100 online (see below).
Buy at the Right Time
According to NerdWallet, there is a right time to buy a mattress. Late winter and early spring are the prime times to save money, especially if you’re willing to consider a display model directly off the showroom floor. Holiday weekends, and especially Memorial Day and Labor Day, are often filled with discounts of 20 percent or more. You can also find additional savings and online deals through major retailers to help cut down on the cost of a new mattress.
Ignore Marketing Claims
Clever marketing can mean the difference between $1,000 mattress and a $5,000 mattress, even if they’re made of the same materials. Bedrooms & More, a family-owned furniture store in Seattle, explains that the modern mattress business is all about shareholder bottom lines. This is why Good Housekeeping and Consumer Reports have changed their recommendations to purchasing a new mattress every five to seven years instead of the 15 to 20 our parents enjoyed. Regardless of price, there are certain features, such as wool, cotton, and natural latex, that can have a positive impact on the comfort and longevity of your sleeping surface. Extra thick padding and “no flip” mattresses may be popular, but they aren’t necessarily better.
Your Sheets Matter
More than just your mattress, the linens you lay on and under can make a difference in your ability to sleep well. If you wake up ache- and pain-free but in a puddle of your own sweat despite lowering the thermostat, consider adding breathable cotton sheets to your bed. However, before you invest, make sure to read reviews and compare products.
In addition to poor sleep, back pain, and breathing problems, lying down each night on a bad mattress can up your stress levels and promote snoring, which makes it hard for anyone within earshot to snooze. If these issues aren’t enough, consider that an old mattress and the associated sleep deprivation can promote obesity and may lead to a weakened immune system.
Sleep is not something you want to mess around with. And if you want to get your best sleep, it’s time to pay attention to your mattress. But you don’t have to spend a month’s salary to upgrade the comfort level of your bedroom. Shop for deals, and when you do bite the bullet, take good care of your mattress and you’ll enjoy higher quality rest and overall better health.
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