November is National Sleep Comfort Month!

| November 4, 2012 | 9 Comments

Little boy in bed with parentsNovember is National Sleep Comfort Month. The importance of getting enough sleep at night cannot be understated; as moms, we’ve gone through enough sleep deprivation to know that we all need sleep in order for our bodies and brains to function properly. A sleep debt, the term for the build-up of fatigue that occurs when you lose too much sleep, can really affect your health and well-being. In order to sleep well, it’s important that you can sleep comfortably. One of the biggest culprits in causing poor, uncomfortable, unrestful sleep (once the kids are sleeping through the night!) is an old, worn out mattress. If you find yourself waking up tired and achy every morning, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. Here are some tips to help you choose:

  • Do your research. You can start online. Look for sites that provide information about healthy sleep and healthy spines, but don’t sell beds or mattresses. Try or You can also talk to your doctor. This is a particularly good idea if you are under care for any kind of condition that causes back pain. Though your family doctor is probably not a sleep expert, he should be familiar enough with you and your needs to give good advice.
  • Firmer isn’t always better. You need a mattress that provides firm support, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be hard. You should be able to find a mattress with firm support that also feels comfortable. Comfortable is decided by your own personal preference. According to research, the best mattress for sufferers of lower back pain is a medium-firm mattress.
  • Pillow top, or not? Pillow tops aren’t ideal for everyone.  For people who don’t weigh a lot, the pillow top tends not to do a lot of good, because their weight doesn’t compress the foam enough to reach the supportive coils underneath.
  • Make sure you go big enough. If you’re sleeping with a partner, then you should go for a queen-sized bed, at minimum. If you regularly have a child or two joining you for all or part of the night, consider a king or even a California king, if you can afford it and if it fits in your bedroom.
  • Test it out. Spend a good 15 minutes, at least, lying on a mattress before you choose it. Don’t be embarrassed and don’t let any pushy sales people rush you. This is a big decision, and you need to take your time with it. Whatever mattress you choose, you’ll be spending every night with it for years. Take your time.
  • Ask about guarantees. Some brands, like Tempurpedic, typically offer a money back guarantee. Ask about that before you buy one. You should also ask about comfort guarantees. If the store offers one, find out what it involves: is it a money back guarantee, or an exchange policy? How long do you have? While you’re at it, be sure to check the terms of the warranty.

When you buy your mattress, be sure to pick up some kind of waterproof mattress protector as well. Stains are likely to void your warranty, and chances are that at some point, a kid will end up in your bed and might have an accident. Remember that the most important thing is that your mattress is comfortable and supportive. Don’t feel guilty about splurging, if that’s what it takes; if mama ain’t happy, then nobody is, and a lack of comfortable sleep can make you anything but happy!

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  1. Sleep is easy way to build healthy body, fresh mind, powerful brain, high quality emotion, and impressive character. Sleep not about quantity, as much rest in bed, but sleep about quality by relaxing all part of body. thank you

  2. Jose Tuason says:

    Good read. Sleep is important.

  3. Ana Cláudia says:

    i love sleep (a)

  4. L. says:

    I think I need a new mattress and this gives me some great things to consider before buying one.

  5. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    I was interested in the information about what to look for in a bed. I am looking for a new mattress and will go with your information.

  6. Lori Trezza says:

    We bought a new bed last year and it was the best purchase ever! It’s a pillow top very plush mattress and I fall asleep very quickly with no tossing and turning like with our old mattress. I feel so much better now that I get a good nights sleep.

  7. Shani says:

    Well to make sure a matress or pillow is comfortable- you have to test it out right?Better start sleep-testing Lol!I woudln’t complain.:)

  8. Sleep is so important for so many reasons… especially that sleep helps restore and heal the body from what we put it through each day.

  9. Bella T. says:

    I didn’t know that November was National Sleep Comfort Month. These tips are so helpful, especially since we’re looking into buying a new bed. After a year of sleeping on a worn down, uncomfortable full size bed, we’ve realized how important sleep is. lol

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