Sleep Information Guide + Sleep Tips!

  • By -
  • 31 Oct, 2016

Sleep, Learning & Memory

According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, it is more difficult to take in new information after a night of inadequate or poor sleep and, surprisingly, it is just as important to get a good night’s sleep after learning something new in order to process and retain that information. Also, undisturbed sleep is very important when learning new skills that require motor coordination and performance (athletic skills, work skills)

Sleep & Heart Disease

Poor, or disturbed sleep can result in long-term negative health consequences. Study after study shows there is a high degree of correlation between poor sleep and incidences of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, mood disorders, alcohol usage and lower life expectancy.

Sleep, Performance, and Public Safety

Healthy sleep plays a critical role in all of our lives. Investigators concluded that sleep deprivation played a key role in the nuclear accident at 3-Mile Island, at the nuclear melt-down at Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the Challenger disaster. Doctors that are sleep deprived are responsible for medical errors that result in tens of thousands of deaths each year. Untold traffic accidents each year are a result of drivers that are drowsy or fall asleep at the wheel.

Sleep Deprivation

According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult sleeps less than 7 hours per night. In today's fast-paced society, 6 or 7 hours of sleep may sound pretty good. In reality, it's a recipe for chronic sleep deprivation.

While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more (see box at right). And despite the notion that sleep needs decrease with age, older people still need at least 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep. Since older adults often have trouble sleeping this long at night, daytime naps can help fill in the gap.

Sleep Tips

  • Stay away from caffeinated drinks after 2 pm
  • Don't eat heavily right before bedtime. If you're hungry, try something light like yogurt sprinkled with cereal, or cottage cheese with banana slices, or milk & graham crackers
  • Restrict alcoholic drinks to dinnertime or well before bedtime
  • Don't raise your body temperature right before bedtime (like a hot soak in the tub). Your body needs to cool to a certain temperature to achieve a deep, sound slumber
  • A little stretching or yoga to relax before bedtime may help you fall asleep faster.
  • Swap out bright bulbs in your bedside lamps to lower wattage ones. Dim light signals your body that it's time to go to sleep.
  • Keep your cell phones in another room or far away from you. Invest in an alarm clock so you won’t be tempted to keep your cell phone close.
By - 07 Jan, 2017
  • In either one or two sided models, the construction is as the name implies. Support cores, cushioning layers and quilt layers are assembled and then enclosed with two beads of binding tape.
By - 07 Jan, 2017

Please note, these are approximate sizes. We invite you to visit one of our Northwest Bedding locations to see exact mattress sizes!

By - 07 Jan, 2017
How do you describe to someone the "firmness" of an object? Usually you would make a comparison with some other object, i.e., "as hard as a rock", "as soft and light as a feather". How about just the concept of "firm" itself? It's rather subjective. A lot of consumers have said over the years that "my mother told me to buy a firm mattress". What did she mean? Firm as in "hard", or firm as in "supportive"? There's firm/hard like cement, or there's firm/supportive like the cushions on a new sofa. You would have a hard time dozing off while lying on a cement floor, but you probably, quite often, doze off while lying on the sofa.
By - 31 Oct, 2016
According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, it is more difficult to take in new information after a night of inadequate or poor sleep and, surprisingly, it is just as important to get a good night’s sleep after learning something new in order to process and retain that information. Also, undisturbed sleep is very important when learning new skills that require motor coordination and performance (athletic skills, work skills)
By - 31 Oct, 2016
Talalay latex cores and comfort layers have the most incredible feel of any sleep surface available. It is resilient, luxurious, breathable and incredibly comfortable. Unlike any other sleep surface you've experienced before, Talalay latex is pliable, yet supportive. It responds to your body's curves without that feeling like you're sinking in wet sand as is true with certain memory foams. When you need to reposition yourself during sleep, you can. Latex is resilient, responsive and recovers immediately. You won't have a tendency to wake up "holding on" while the sleep surface recovers its original shape.
By - 31 Oct, 2016
If you're like most consumers shopping for a mattress, chances are you haven't been in the market for 8 to 12 years. Many people have commented that they'd prefer having a root canal rather than go through the hassle and confusion of shopping for a mattress!

By - 30 Oct, 2016
Like all support layers, innersprings control how deeply your body is permitted to sink into the mattress. This is one of the most affordable support cores, so there is no surprise that it is also the most popular. Innerspring mattresses vary in coil count and gauge size, but they basically fall under one of the four categories: bonnell, continuous, offset, and pocket. So, although most mattresses pretty much look the same from the outside, they are all very unique inside. With Innerspring support cores, wire coils comprise the support structure of innerspring mattresses. A heavy duty border wire provides support to the coils to help reduce sagging, so it can better retain its shape.  
Share by: