Sleep Better, Perform Better
You’re not at your best at work, home or at play if you’re
spending each night tossing, turning and trying to get comfortable.
The National Institutes of Health reports that losing even an hour or two of sleep for a few nights can
make you function as ineffectively if you haven’t slept at all in
two or three days. When you’re sleep-deprived, you’re more
likely to hurt yourself or others while driving, working around heavy
machinery, taking care of people or working on an assembly line. In addition,
a good night’s sleep is important in maintaining optimal health;
researchers have even linked lack of sleep to obesity.
To get the seven to eight hours of sleep that the NIH recommends for healthy
adults, you should avoid heavy meals within a few hours of bedtime, stop
drinking caffeine at least eight hours before you plan on hitting the
sack, and try to maintain a regular sleeping schedule.
But we have an additional suggestion. We’ve had many customers at Showman
Furniture Store in Maryland tell us how getting a new mattress has helped them establish better sleep
habits and feel more rested when they wake up each day. So we thought
we’d share some answers to questions that our customers often ask
when they’re checking out our wide selection of
How do I know if it’s time to replace my mattress?
The Better Sleep Council (an organization representing the mattress industry)
suggests getting a new mattress if:
- You’ve had your current mattress for seven to 10 years or longer.
- You’ve found that you slept better on another mattress (at a hotel,
- Your mattress has sags, lumps or other signs of overuse
- You consistently wake up feeling sore, stiff and achy
What kind of mattress should I get?
Mattress selection used to be pretty easy, but now they come in a wide
variety of types, materials and sizes. At
Showman’s Furniture, we’ve chosen to carry the Serta brand mattresses because of their
quality and durability. Serta mattresses come in three basic styles:
- Innerspring (coil) mattresses, which consist of a spring zone and a comfort layer
- Latex foam mattresses, which use a latex foam core instead of springs for support
- Memory foam mattresses, which are denser than other mattresses and have
a visco-elastic foam core
The feel of the mattress top is defined as soft (pillow top), plush and firm.
The mattress that’s right for you will depend on your personal preferences,
how long you want your mattress to last and your budget. (When you’re
trying to figure out how much you want to spend, remember that a mattress
that costs $1,000 and lasts for 10 years will cost you less than three
cents a night. Isn’t a good night’s sleep worth that price?
How should I test a mattress?
Don’t be shy! Although you may feel awkward about taking off your
shoes and stretching out on a mattress in a showroom to give it a test
run, that’s really the only way that you’re going to get the
feel for what you prefer. Serta suggests trying several different sleep
positions and paying close attention to back support and your comfort
at hips and shoulders. If you’ll be sharing a bed, bring your partner
with you so that you can both try it out. That way you experience how
well the mattress supports both of you.
Do I need a new mattress foundation?
Yes. A mattress and its foundation (or box spring) are designed to fit
together and work together to provide optimal comfort.
The Better Sleep Council cautions that buying a mattress without its foundation may affect the
Getting a good night’s sleep on a comfortable, supportive mattress
can change your outlook on life; it really does make a difference when
you wake feeling refreshed and recharged. If you’re ready to get
those benefits, come and talk to us about your mattress options at our
Maryland furniture store.