There’s almost nothing more important for the human body than sleep. According to research, our body needs sleep to feel mentally rested, recharge all of its systems, and stave off disease.
Of course, there are countless old wives’ tales on how to nod off and sleep straight through the night. Never take naps. Only sleep on your side. Drink warm milk before bed. With so many methods, how do you determine what’s true? Well, according to neurobiologist and Head of Sleep Research at Emma – The Sleep Company, Dr. Verena Senn, it might be best to start with the basics. Yep, we’re talking about your mattress.
You spend one-third of your life sleeping, so there’s absolutely no excuse for skimping on a high quality-mattress. It sounds obvious, but a good mattress has been proven to increase sleep quality and reduce back discomfort. And, according to Sleep Foundation, you should be replacing your mattress after six years.
“Sleep is a natural mood booster. When you get adequate sleep each night, you wake up being the best version of yourself, giving your mind and body the time it needs to recharge and wake up feeling refreshed. Think of gettng optimal sleep (at least 7-9 hours a night) like recharging a battery. When the battery is fully charged, it has the positive energy and motivation it needs to perform well in all areas of life,” explains Dr. Senn.
Known as one of the world’s leading sleep brands, Emma boasts a diverse team of scientists and engineers working to deliver cuttng-edge sleep technology to help you get your best sleep ever. So, to help you live that life, we’ve broken down the type of Emma mattress you should look for, depending on the issues bugging you between the sheets.
You’re all about comfort: Foam
Ergonomically designed for all types of sleepers, foam mattresses are a great option for the majority of sleepers as they keep their shape and supportive qualifies for a long Wme. Engineered specifically for Aussies and CHOICE’s Top Scoring Mattress for 2021, the Emma Comfort mattress boasts one layer of Airgocell Foam (motion-isolating and moisture-wicking) and HRX Foam (ft. special zoning technology to support the proper alignment of your hips, shoulders, and spine).
You need support: Hybrid Foam + Spring mattress
Emma’s most premium mattress is the Emma Diamond Hybrid. A favourite for people who experience back-pain and crave for the extra support, this medium-soft mattress has four layers that keep your body at the opWmal temperature and spread the pressure load across the mattress. With diamond and graphite particles plus low rolling-resistant foam, the Emma Diamond Hybrid allows you to have a deeper, more restful sleep.
Unsure of which type of mattress is right for you? Emma offers a 100-night home trial and 10-year warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the right choice for the perfect night’s sleep.
Some more great sleep tips
According to Dr. Senn, sleeping less than 8 hours a night, or worse 6 hours, has its downfalls: our body tires 10-30% more quickly than usual, our muscle strength decreases, our oxygen levels are reduced, and we can get injured more easily. Try these tips to sleep better and awaken your best:
1. Have a regular bedtime routine
2. Adopt sleep hygiene practices
3. Do not lie in bed awake
4. For some people: exercise at least 30 min./day but no later than 2-3 hours before bedtime
5. For others: exercise at least 1 hour a day but no later than 2-3 hours before bedtime
6. Do not take naps after 3pm
7. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcoholic drinks, at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
8. Avoid large or heavy meals and drinks late in the evening
9. Give yourself time to relax before going to bed (not by watching TV)
10. Keep your bedroom dark, cool and free from any electronic devices, such as phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, etc.
11. Take a hot bath, cuddle with a loved one or make yourself comfortable in a fluffy, warm blanket before bed
12. Last but not least: Invest in a comfortable, high-quality mattress, pillow and bed linen!
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