What is a sleep system and why should I care?
Sleep, everybody does it and probably wishes they could do it more. Getting quality sleep is crucial to both our physical and mental health. Today’s world moves at breakneck speed and is filled with distractions and stressors that impact our health. We have all seen the studies talking about how little sleep Americans which means when we do sleep it is vital to get quality sleep. When it comes to optimizing your sleeping, a comprehensive sleep system will give you the advantage. In this blog I will try and cover the basic components of the sleep system in an overview so that this does not turn into something like a Russian novel in length. Specific components will be covered in greater depth and detail soon.
What is a sleep system? I never thought you would ask. A sleep system is a comprehensive setup designed to offer optimal comfort so that you may better rest and sleep during your precious down time. At the core of this system is your mattress. Mattresses are the starting point for assembling your perfect sleep system. Everyone has a unique body and therefore unique preferences. This is reflected in the incredible variety of mattresses available. The most important thing to remember is to choose the right mattress for you! There are many factors to consider but the most important is that you are comfortable and supported. Take some time when shopping and actually lay on the mattresses. Sitting on the edge tells you very little about how it feels. You do not have to buy the most expensive mattress, but I encourage you to choose the mattress that is most comfortable for you.
After the mattress you must consider the proper foundation in order to support your mattress and ensure it holds up properly. The terms “box spring” and “foundation” are usually interchangeable these days and come and are generally sold in sets. It is usually a bad idea to place your new mattress on an old foundation for two important reasons. First, the mattress may not be adequately supported causing it to sag and deform prematurely. Second, it generally voids your new mattresses warranty which is bad.
An important piece of many sleep systems, and one you should consider, is an adjustable base. These bases are used instead of foundations and allow you to move your head and feet up and down in order to achieve positions more comfortable to your body. They also help you better relax and unwind in bed. It is amazing the difference raising your head and feet a few inches can make. These are particularly helpful to people who suffer from a variety of common ailments including acid reflux, hiatal hernia and more. Again, your sleep system should satisfy your needs and increase comfort. Try one out and see for yourself.
Other accessories should be given important consideration as well, including but not limited to sheets, pillows, mattress protectors, air purifiers and essential oils. Invest in durable and comfortable sheets that regulate temperature and give you the desired softness. No matter how comfortable or expensive your mattress is, cheap scratchy sheets will not help you sleep. The same can be said for pillows. Check out some different styles and find the one the best fits you. Are you a side sleeper? Perhaps a pillow with a cut out for your shoulder that smells of lavender or chamomile would suit nicely. The importance of mattress protectors and encasements cannot be over stated. Their purpose is to keep your mattress clean and hygienic. At the minimum it should be water proof and dust mite proof but also consider getting bedbug proof encasements. Speaking from personal experience, they really do help with allergies. Additionally, they are also important to protect your warranty. Many warranties expressly state that the mattress be kept clean and sanitary. And do not worry, a quality protector will not be felt under your sheets.
The main point of this, if any, is that a one size fits all approach should not be taken. At Blackstone Emporium we encourage you to explore all our options. Find your specific mattress, foundations, adjustable bases, pillows, sheets and encasements. Take a comprehensive approach to your sleep. As my grandfather jokingly used to say, “I was just an average looking man too, until I got my new mattress; see what you have to look forward to!” Get a new lease on life with an optimized sleep system. Come see us and start sleeping better!
Sales Associate and Purveyor of an Excellent Night’s Sleep