Whether you sleep alone or with a partner, it’s important that you choose the right size mattress to give you as much room as possible.
The foundation is the bottom component of the sleep set. It is constructed of wood and is designed to be a flat ridged surface acting as a platform to place your mattress on raising it up off of the frame or rails of your Headboard / Footboard. It is a non-yielding surface and is ideal for one sided mattresses. Many mattresses constructed of pocketed coils and high tech foams require a non-yielding foundation in order to maintain the warranty and for maximum performance of the sleep set.
Box Springs differ from foundations in that they are made of wood and steel torsion modules that act as a shock absorber for your mattress. Box springs absorb 70% of the initial energy compression when entering the bed and therefore help extend the performance life of the mattress.
Box Springs and Foundations come in several size options to accommodate ease of delivery and esthetics of the bedroom.
Standard Height Foundations are 9 inches tall. Bunkie Boards, which are just a smaller version of a standard foundation are 2 inches tall. There are options for a reduced Height Foundation are 4 inches tall and are recommended for Thicker Pillow Top mattresses. The combined height of your new sleep set may be much greater than your current set particularly if you have selected a Pillow Top. Your new sleep set may be too high for you to get in and out of comfortably and may feel like it overpowers the bedroom. Headboards and nightstands were made to match the height of the mattress set. If your bedroom set is greater than 10 years old, the new set may appear to be too high as it relates to your headboard and night stands. Alarm clocks and phones placed on the night stands may now appear to be too low and out of sight while Ceiling fans may appear too close. For Pillow Tops and Ultra Plush models, we recommend the Reduced Height Foundation option.
The quality of a night’s sleep determines the quality of our waking life. Alertness, energy, mood, thinking, productivity, safety, health and longevity are all linked to the quality of your sleep.
For sleep to be rejuvenating, you should get your sleep in one uninterrupted block of time. Disruptive sleep is not restorative and may cause drowsiness. On average, six hours of solid sleep is often more restorative than eight hours of poor, fragmented sleep. Remember, the quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity of your sleep.
Tossing and turning is a sleep disrupter. Make sure that you have a mattress that provides proper support and the right comfort to minimize tossing and turning, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep through the night.
Here are some common side effects caused by a lack of sleep:
Yes. Studies have found a relationship between the quantity and quality of one’s sleep and many health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression. For example, insufficient sleep affects growth hormone secretion that is linked to obesity; as the amount of hormone secretion decreases, the chance for weight gain increases. Blood pressure usually falls during the sleep cycle; however, interrupted sleep can adversely affect this normal decline, leading to hypertension and cardiovascular problems. Research has also shown that insufficient sleep impairs the body’s ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes. More and more scientific studies are showing correlations between poor and insufficient sleep and disease.
Waking up in the night and not being able to fall back to sleep is a symptom of insomnia. Peaceful thoughts may help to induce sleep more than the old adage of counting sheep, which some research suggests may actually be more distracting than relaxing. Whatever technique you use, experts say you should get up go to another room and engage in another relaxing activity if you don’t fall back to sleep in 15-20 minutes. Reading or listening to music is recommended. Return to your bed when you feel sleepy again.