10 Signs It’s Time for a New Mattress

A good tomorrow starts with a sound night’s sleep. Before you head off to dreamland, make sure your current mattress isn’t actually a sleep expert’s nightmare with these tips.

It doesn’t look right

The most obvious sign that you need a new mattress is that it doesn’t really look like a mattress anymore. Rick Maynard, the spokesperson for Stearns & Foster, recommends looking for visual cues when changing your sheets. If it’s uneven or sagging in certain areas, that’s a pretty good indication that it is no longer providing the support you need when you sleep and that it’s time for a new mattress. These are the things you should know when shopping for a new mattress.

It’s noisy

Your bed shouldn’t be loud, even when you’re tossing and turning. If you hear grinding metal or can feel displaced springs, it means that the foundation of your mattress isn’t strong anymore.

It smells funny

If you wash your sheets every week and something still doesn’t smell right when you’re falling asleep, it could be a sign that you need a new mattress. Think about how many hours you spend in your bed. Over time it collects a lot of unpleasant bacteria and fungi. Also, if your room is damp, it could develop mold. Making these little changes can help you sleep better in just one day.

It’s old

Maynard says that modern mattresses last for about eight to ten years. Not only does your mattress lose support over its lifetime, but it also accumulates oil, moisture, and dead skin.

You feel older than you are

Support issues aren’t as obvious because you can’t always see them. “Your body will tell you that there may be an issue,” says Maynard. “A lot of things that people attribute to getting older—aches and pains—can normally be credited to the age or quality of their mattress.” Watch out for these other things that can happen when you sleep on an old mattress.

You see creepy crawlies    

The second you see any signs of bugs in your bed, it should motivate you to get a new mattress. Many people don’t realize that bed bugs aren’t the only thing they need to worry about. Older mattresses are a haven for dust mites—they feed off of the dead skin that builds up in your mattress. According to a study by Ohio State University, the typical used mattress may have from 100,000 to 10 million mites in it. Yuck! Check out these secrets that bed bugs don’t want you to know.

You don’t take care of it

To prolong the life of your mattress, you can flip or rotate it a few times a year. Doing this will help the bed to wear down evenly. However, for higher quality mattresses such as Stearns & Foster or Tempur-Pedic, you don’t need to rotate them.

You sleep better when you’re not home

Another sign that you need a new mattress is if you find that you get a better night’s sleep on the couch, in a hotel bed, or in a friend’s bed, says Maynard. Your bed, not in front of the TV, should be where you can comfortably get a full eight hours of sleep. These are other bedroom items you need to replace more often than you thought.

You have bad allergy or asthma symptoms

A buildup of dust mites in old mattresses can cause allergic reactions such as a runny nose, sneezing, and an itchy nose, mouth, and throat. If you find that your allergies don’t go away even when the pollen levels go down, it’s probably time to think about investing in a new mattress.

Your body has changed

As you get older, your body will need to be supported differently while you sleep. To help with pains, your bed should get firmer as you get older. This all depends on the individual though; whether they sleep on their stomach, side, or back. When going to pick a new mattress, Maynard suggests bringing your pillow and actually laying on the different beds in the position that you sleep in every night. Don’t just test the bed by sitting or pushing on it with your hands. Next, find out how to choose the best mattress for every type of sleeper.

Originally found on www.rd.com






Daylight saving time 2018: How it affects your sleep, and tips to adjust to the extra hour

When does Daylight Saving Time officially end

November 4 at 2 a.m., most of the country will move from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to Standard Time (ST).

Does this happen everywhere in the country?

No. If you live in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and most of Arizona, your clocks will stay the same. For the rest of you –- enjoy your bonus hour.

Why do I feel out of whack?

Janet Kennedy, PhD., clinical psychologist and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor, says the best strategy is to switch to the new time right away — stick to the clock.

“Some people gain an hour of sleep the first night whereas others wake earlier because 6 a.m. feels like 7 a.m. Regardless, stick to your usual schedule and do not go to bed early the following night. Avoid napping and extra caffeine, which can make it harder to fall asleep at the ‘right’ time,” Kennedy said. “It can take up to a week to fully adjust, so don’t be alarmed if you feel sluggish in the meantime.”

Daylight Saving Time is just an hour. Can an hour really affect your sleep that much?

“Absolutely — we are creatures of habit! Transitions to new schedules take time. Even a change of one hour can make a difference,” said Rebecca Robbins, Ph.D., co-author of “Sleep for Success,” and a post-doctoral research fellow at NYU School of Medicine.

Her research identifies strategies for improving sleep and health.

“Resist the urge to sleep in on Sunday and instead keep your normal bedtime the night before the time change then wake up — perhaps without an alarm — on Sunday and start your day by walking outside,” Robbins added. “It will likely be early, but getting up and going about your day will help you adjust to an earlier schedule of sleep and wakefulness.”

Shouldn’t I use this hour to catch up on much-needed rest?

Probably not. The best example of this is “sleeping in,” the weekend temptation we all face without the need to rise early for work or school. It comes with the trap to “catch up” on sleep.

But this is a myth, Robbins says.

“If we delay our bed or rising time by even one hour our body goes into transition mode, trying to transition to a new time zone,” Robbins said. “The best way to recover from insufficient sleep is to keep your sleep schedule as consistent as possible. If you wake up at 6 a.m. during the workweek, you can sleep until perhaps 6:45 a.m. on the weekends but not much longer.

“Then pay back your ‘sleep debt’ with a power nap or better yet a siesta, which is a nap that is 90 minutes in duration in the afternoon,” Robbins continued. “This will allow you to recover from cutting sleep short during the week without negatively impacting your sleep schedule.”

I have little kids. They’re not gonna sleep an extra hour, are they?

Children are acutely aware of changes to their sleep schedule. They will likely keep you honest and wake you up at their normal time!

What this means for parents is that it will be important to resist the urge to stay up a bit later. Keep your regular bedtime, put the kids to bed at the regular time, and wake up at your regular time.

Winter’s coming. It’s going to be darker when we wake up. How do we deal with that?

“During winter months we have evidence that we sleep longer. In some ways, this could be viewed as hibernation of sorts,” Robbins said. “Without access to sunlight, our bodies have less ability to fully understand when it should be alert and when it should be tired.

“To ensure your circadian rhythm remains intact, go outside when the sun is out as often as you are able, and optimally first thing in the morning. This will trigger the alert phase of your circadian rhythm, then an afternoon walk — even if it seems to be gray outside — will help your sleep and wake phases stay intact,” Robbins added.

Look on the bright side, Robbins continued.

“Colder temperatures can bring about a cozy atmosphere. Develop winter habits with your family that center around lighting candles or a fire and spending time together off of screens,” she advised. “This can offer tremendous health benefits that may counteract the drawbacks of less sunlight.”

What other sleep advice do you have about this annual event — setting our clocks back?

“With the change of seasons … consider a bedroom refresh,” Robbins added. “Is your bedroom cozy and optimized for rest and relaxation? If not consider refreshing your mattress, pillows, or sheets.”

Originally found on abcnews.go.com

9 Symptoms & Signs of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a nasty and uncomfortable problem. Signs and symptoms of bed bugs can be hard to detect at first, and even trickier to treat. To the untrained eye, bed bug bites can be confused with those of other biting insects.

Here are nine easy signs help you know if you have a bed bug problem.

    People don’t often consider bed bugs until they’ve left their mark. The appearance of flat, red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters is a key sign of bed bugs on humans. Bed bugs can also leave their bites in straight rows and, while they don’t spread diseases to humans, their bites are quite irritating and scratching them can lead to bleeding and infection.
    Bed bugs are most often found in the bed, where humans spend most of their nights. It makes logical sense for bed bugs to be most active at night while humans are in bed with them. Should you find yourself developing those itchy welts while laying in bed sleeping (or trying to sleep), it’s likely bed bugs are the problem.
    Bed bugs tend to feed on exposed skin such as that on your arms and shoulders, which you may tend to leave uncovered while sleeping. This is different from, say, fleas and chiggers, which tend to bite around the ankles.
    The first sign of a bed bug problem is obvious: the bed. After bed bugs feed on humans, they’ll leave behind blood stains resembling small rust spots. These will usually be found near the corners and edges of the bed. Bed bugs also shed their skin, or molt, several times as they mature, so you may find their oval brown exoskeletons during your search.
    A strong, unpleasant, musty odor like that of a wet towel is another common bed bug symptom. Bed bugs release pheromones, and when in large numbers, the smell can be quite strong. Should you find your bedroom smelling like a dirty locker room, you may want to perform an inspection.

    Remember, bed bugs aren’t confined to your home. They can be found wherever you sleep, including hotel rooms.

    Here are some quick inspection tips to help you avoid a serious problem, whether on the road or at home:

    Strip the mattress and box spring and thoroughly inspect the corners and seams. Use a magnifying glass and a flashlight. You’re looking for rust-colored, reddish-brown blood stains and/or small brown ovals (molted bed bug skin).
    After searching the bed, it’s time to move to the rest of the room. Check anything upholstered, including chairs, couches, curtains and the edges of the carpet. Look in and behind dressers, underneath the bed and if possible, behind the headboard. Always be on the lookout for the signature reddish-brown spots.
    Bed bugs can also cling to clothing, which is how they can travel and spread so adeptly. Be sure to look in your closets and check your clothing thoroughly. Bed bugs on clothes means bed bugs on humans.
    As stated above, one way detect bed bugs is their smell. The scent of their pheromones can be quite strong. It’s often described as a musty odor.

Since it’s possible for people to go for long periods without being aware they have a bed bug infestation, knowing the key bed bug symptoms and how to find these pests will go a long way in combating them.

Originally found on  terminix.com

9 Tips for Buying a New Mattress

A new mattress is an important purchase and deserves some thought beforehand. Not only is a quality mattress fairly expensive — on average, around $1,000 for a traditional spring mattress and over $1200 for memory foam – but it also plays a very important role in your life not only during nighttime sleeping hours, but even while you’re awake. After all, a supportive, comfortable mattress promotes a good night’s sleep, which in turn helps you function better during the day both mentally and physically, and also wards off many chronic heath ailments. So if you’re in the market for a new mattress, it helps to be armed with knowledge before heading off to the local mattress store or clicking the “Buy now” button online.

1. Know Your Size

You don’t necessarily have to stick with the same size mattress as the one you are replacing. Perhaps you bought a king back when the whole family piled into bed for Sunday morning cartoons and fun, or you were sharing your bed with Rex, your St. Bernard/great Dane mix. But now, the kids are older and your new dog is a corgi. You can gain quite a bit of bedroom space by downsizing to a queen or full mattress. Or maybe you’re moving out on your own, and it’s time for something bigger than a twin. Think about your current lifestyle before heading out to shop. Of course, changing mattress size means you’ll need a new bedframe, or at least a new headboard. This could be a great time for a bedroom makeover.

2. Try Before You Buy

Yes, it’s awkward, but yes, you really do have to lie down and give the mattress a try before you plunk down your credit card. There’s no substitute for this step – so stretch out fully, curl up in your favorite sleeping position, roll from side to side, sit up as if you’re reading in bed, and sit on the edge of the mattress to get a feel for its firmness. And if you share your bed with a partner, they need to try it out as well, preferably both of you at the same time. Ideally, you should spend at least ten or more minutes trying out each mattress you’re considering.

If you are planning on buying a mattress online, you should still go to a brick and mortar shop and give the model you’re considering an in-person audition.

3. Ask About Returns and Trial Periods

Even though you tried the mattress in the store, the real test comes after an entire night – or more—spent sleeping on it. That’s why most mattress dealers give a “comfort trial” period. Usually around 30 days, this is a window wherein you can return the mattress if it doesn’t end up being as comfortable as you’d hoped. Be aware: many stores charge a restock fee if you exercise this option, however. Still, a trial period is crucial, especially if you are buying the mattress online.

4. How Firm Do You Like It?

The mattress industry does not have a standardized measurement of mattress firmness. This means one manufacturer’s “firm” could be another maker’s “extra firm.” So use these descriptive terms as a guideline, not an absolute. This is another reason why it’s so important to actually try a mattress before you buy.

Also, don’t assume that a bad back means you need an extra firm mattress, or that a softer mattress will be more comfortable. Most people sleep best on a mattress that is somewhere in the middle, but closer to firm than soft.

5. Pillow Top: Yes or No?

Pillow-top mattresses are very popular these days, but the fluffy comfort adds quite a bit to the mattress’s cost and isn’t always necessary. Keep in mind that a pillow top is likely to go flat long before your mattress gives out, especially if you are heavy. Conversely, if you are very light, your weight might not be enough to fully engage the support of the mattress through the pillow top, leaving you achy in the morning. Instead, consider buying a standard mattress and adding a thick mattress topper for that luxurious feeling.

6. Know Your Options

There are several types of mattresses out there, but the most common three are traditional innerspring, memory foam, and hybrids that combine the two. Adjustable air mattresses, such as Sleep Number, are also fairly popular.

Each type of mattress has both pros and cons, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with them before heading out to the store. Very briefly:

  • Innerspring mattresses are the most common, and typically the least expensive. They provide good support and a wide range of firmness measurements, and are romance-friendly. On the downside, they aren’t tremendously durable.
  • Memory foam mattresses are fairly expensive, but are excellent for cushioning sore joints or aching muscles. They can be hot, however, and are not very romance-friendly.
  • Hybrid mattresses have springs with a foam overlay. A good hybrid mattress provides the best of both memory foam and innerspring models, but an inferior hybrid is likelier to give you the worst of both.
  • Air mattresses allow you to customize the firmness just the way you like it, and many allow both bed partners to tailor their half of the bed to their preference. You’ll pay a price for this convenience, however, at the cash register.

7. Skimp on the Foundation

If you have a platform bed, you won’t need a foundation (some people still call them the box springs out of habit), but if you don’t have a bedframe and don’t want your mattress on the floor, you’ll need a foundation to raise it up. But there’s no need to spend a lot of money on what’s basically a wooden box covered with fabric. If your old foundation is still in good shape and you’re buying the same size mattress, you might not need a new one at all. If purchasing a new foundation, ask to substitute a lower-priced model for the one typically sold with your mattress.

8. What About Buying Online?

It might seem risky to buy a mattress online, but it’s becoming a popular option. There are lots of reasons for this: no need to deal with a pressuring salesperson, a wide range of choices, access to luxury brands, better prices and avoidance of sales tax, to name just a few. Still, there are undeniably some downsides as well: you can’t try the mattress before you buy (unless you’ve managed to try out the same model in a brick and mortar store before buying online), returns are a huge hassle, you’ll need to dispose of your old mattress yourself, no salesperson assistance and no chance to negotiate price.

Therefore, if you’re going to buy online, you need to do your research, choose a reputable site, and make sure the return policy is impeccable.

9. Have a Generous Budget

A good mattress is not cheap, but good health and a positive mood are priceless. While you should never go way beyond what you can afford – after all, a new mattress doesn’t do you much good if you can no longer afford to pay your rent – this is one time where it pays to splurge a little. You’re going to spend around a third of your time on that mattress, so make those hours count. Isn’t it worth cutting back on unnecessary expenses, at least for a little while, if it means you can drift off to the land of Nod easily and comfortably, then wake up feeling great? Yes, a good mattress is that important.

Modern Minimalist Bedroom Ideas – 7 Tips for a Decluttered and Mindful Space

Originally found on sleepadvisor.org

The minimalist movement has gone from trend to mainstream. And when it comes to the bedroom, adopting this style can transform your room from a cluttered storage area into a peaceful sanctuary that reflects your style.

If you’re thinking of a bedroom overhaul, you might not even know where to begin. If your current vibe is shabby chic, country cottage or hodgepodge hand-me-downs, you might be thinking that you have to get rid of everything and buy all new stuff. That’s rarely the case as you’re about to see.

This decorating style isn’t just about your furniture and decorations. It also involves balancing natural light and open spaces to create a functional area that reflects your personality. Every item in your bedroom will have a purpose, and you’ll see that with a little guidance, it’s not hard to figure out what to keep, what to let go, and what you may need to buy.

People often think that this style is expensive, but in this article, we’ll share our top minimalist bedroom ideas that will transform your space without breaking the bank.


Minimalist Room Styling & Ideas


Getting rid of clutter is the first and most crucial step in a minimalistic journey. Countless books have been written recently about the best way to declutter and minimize belongings.

Perhaps the best in the field is Marie Kondo’s book called, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The premise of this book is that you do away with anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” To employ her famous Kondo Method, you would put everything you own in a pile, and sort every item one by one. Donate, sell or trash anything that you don’t cherish.

Another tip to decluttering is similar, but it doesn’t employ the emotional “joy” aspect, which some people may find to be too woo-woo. Instead, it takes a more logical and pragmatic approach. Look at everything you own and ask yourself if you would buy it again. If you like it and it’s useful, the answer is most likely going to be yes. However, if it’s something you wouldn’t spend money on again, then toss it.

Use a Simple Bedframe or Go Frameless

In a bedroom, the bed is often the focal point of the room. An ornate bedframe is the opposite of minimalistic, so to achieve this style, get something that is streamlined and simple. This one thing will go a long way in making over your bedroom.

If you’re concerned about expenses, ditch the frame altogether and just use a box spring with the mattress, so your sleeping surface is off the floor.

Bring in Natural Light

Bright light makes a room appear larger and more open. If you have white or light-colored walls, the effect is even more pronounced. Some purists recommend ditching curtains so that you have one less thing in the room, and you also get the added benefit of extra light, but if privacy is a concern, keep your curtains but allow them to remain open as often possible during daylight hours.


Less is more when it comes to art on the walls. If you’re a collector, then move most of your work to other parts of the home or rotate your most loved pieces so you’ll always be seeing something new. Ideally, only one or two walls at most in your bedroom should have art.

It probably goes without saying that you should take down any posters, or cluttered bulletin board collages. If you’ve got photos that are sentimental, frame them and put them in an organized fashion on one wall or put them all in a photo album and browse through it whenever you want to be reminded of those memories.

Accent with a Houseplant

Nearly every inspirational room you see on Pinterest or Instagram has a houseplant. A touch of green adds a hint of character and a pop of color. A plant is like the finishing touch or a garnish. It brings everything together.

Avoid wispy or shedding plants. Instead, get something with bold, big leaves that are mostly monochromatic. Our top choices are parlor palms, snake plants, rubber trees or plants, or a fiddle leaf fig (you have our top list of plants that are perfect for bedrooms here).

Incorporate One Drawer Furniture

You don’t need cavernous dressers with endless drawers. You’ve already decluttered, right? Instead, opt for a single chest with minimal drawers. By this point, you should be able to fit most of your clothes in your closet, and you may add some additional storage pieces in that space as well.

The goal of a minimalist bedroom is to minimize, remember? But if you find you can’t part with enough items to stow everything out of site, your closet is your new best friend.

Use Shelves

Shelves are helpful for organizing but don’t go overboard. Too many shelves, especially when they’re filled with items, will only add to the clutter and defeat the minimalist look. Opt for a couple of accent shelves on a wall that has no art or get a statement piece that creates a mood for the room.

Ideally, choose floating shelves rather than a standalone unit because it will look much cleaner and more modern.

Why Choose a Minimalist Room?

Easy to Clean

Without all the knickknacks and stuff to move around, you’ll find that cleaning, dusting and vacuuming all become so much easier! And if unexpected company comes over, you don’t have to perform a desperate 30-second act of cleaning to make everything look neat and clean. It most likely will be that way in its natural state.

Easy to Rearrange

Now that there aren’t twelve pillows on your bed and endless mountains of books and souvenirs, you’re likely to find that everything is pretty much in its place. If you do happen to have a busy week and dropped a few items on the floor or let a mountain of clothes piled up on a chair or at the foot of your bed, it’ll take just a few minutes to put those things away.


Too much stuff out in the open is stressful. While some people thrive on clutter and chaos, most people admit that a streamlined space is what makes them feel at ease. When you look around a minimalist space, you can’t help but feel at peace and that everything is right with the world.

Less Cost

Although minimalist décor looks expensive, it’s usually the opposite. There’s less stuff, and that’s always a cost-cutting measure. We think the reason it looks expensive is that it’s understated and elegant. Remember, you can achieve this look with some simple furniture and by getting rid of stuff. This is the opposite of pricey!

Easy to Find Things

No more piles, stacks, and mountains of miscellaneous clothes and items mean you’ll probably know where things are most of the time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a small room have a minimalist design?

Yes, definitely. The only challenge you might face is lack of square footage, but that can be overcome with careful planning. If your bedroom is small, opt for furniture that is lower to the ground to create the illusion of vertical space. Keep your walls white, and that will also open up the room. Going frameless for your bed also means you won’t have an extra piece of furniture taking up precious space.

You’ll have to be more disciplined with your approach to parting with unnecessary items because you won’t have enough space to keep a lot of stuff and achieve this look, but if you keep these guidelines in mind, you will enjoy a beautiful room in no time!

What is the modern minimalist room style like?

There are different interpretations, but a universally accepted truth is that less is more. A modern minimalist room will have neutral colors and bright whites, though you’ll often see a pop of color. For example, you may notice that the bedsheets, walls, and shelves are white, but that there’s an orange vase on the bedside table.

Modern rooms that utilize the minimalist style are always bright. It’s almost as if they defy the laws of darkness because they’ll look illuminated even if there aren’t large windows. Again, having a lot of white helps achieve this modern look. Furniture is often low to the ground as well. Gone are the days of large, ornate dressers, giant vases, and families of furniture.

One tip to achieve a modern look is to find one piece of furniture or an accessory that embodies this style. It may be a special lamp or a piece of art. Whatever it is, if you keep everything else neutral, you’ll see that this piece creates the style of your room.

What is the approximate budget for a minimalist room décor?

Budget varies widely! It can be as cheap or expensive as you’d like it to be. In fact, it could even be free, or you could make money by doing this! How you ask? Well, if you’re getting rid of stuff, you may be able to sell it and use the funds to buy the things you need.

Or, once you get rid of unwanted items and organize everything, you might find that you’ve already achieved the look you want.

If you find that you do need furniture, the best deals are online, and many companies now offer free shipping. In many cases, you’ll be able to get some pieces for just a couple hundred dollars.


A bedroom should be a sanctuary that we enjoy coming home to at the end of a long day. By adopting some of these minimalist bedroom ideas, we think you’ll find that you love this space even more!


​5 Surprising Signs You’re Sleeping On A Bad Mattress

Originally found on prevention.com


Some mattress-related issues are hard to miss. If you climb out of bed every morning with a sore neck or back—yeah, you should probably look into an upgrade.

“Firmer mattresses tend to be better for chronic pain because they provide adequate support,” says Michael Grandner, PhD, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

But while that’s true generally, Grandner says the right mattress for YOU depends on many different factors—like where you experience pain, your preferred sleep position, the thickness and firmness of your pillow, and a whole lot else. His number-one piece of advice when it comes to choosing a mattress? “I recommend something with a good return policy,” he says.

You can spend all day reading mattress reviews. But until you actually sleep on the thing for a week or two, you won’t know if it’s a good fit for your needs.

With that in mind, here are some surprising warning signs that you should be thinking about a new mattress. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s probably time to replace yours.

You wake up with a stuffy nose.

Dust mites are microscopic insects that feed on mildew-degraded house dust. If you have dust, you have dust mites.

Many people are allergic to these tiny bugs. In fact, they may be the most common cause of year-round allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Dust-mite allergy symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and an itchy mouth or throat, the AAFA reports.

If you wake up with those symptoms, your mattress may be to blame. A 2010 study from German researchers found people who started sleeping on mattress toppers that reduced the presence of dust mites and mildew enjoyed a 43% drop in allergy symptoms.

Along with washing your pillowcases and sheets at least once a week to rid them of mites and other allergens, buying an allergen-blocking mattress could also help, the research suggests.

Your libido is low.

A non-existent sex drive is one of the sneakier signs that you’re not getting good-quality sleep. And both night sweats and sleep disturbances—caused in some cases by a too-warm sleeping environment—are linked to a loss of libido, finds a 2007 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The American Sleep Foundation recommends adjusting your thermostat so your bedroom is between 60 and 67 degrees. Buying a mattress (and cooling sheets or pillows) that helps keep you from overheating at night is another good way to safeguard your ZZZs—and your sex drive.

Your skin doesn’t look (or feel) so hot.

Poor-quality sleep is associated with a surge in stress-related hormones like cortisol, shows a study in the journal Sleep Medicine Clinics. More research shows this uptick in cortisol and the systemic inflammation it causes can promote wrinkles, a loss of skin firmness and elasticity, dull skin, and itchy skin conditions like eczema.

Old mattresses may be one cause of poor sleep and stress. A recent study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found the average person’s mattress was 9.5 years old, and that a switch to a newer mattress both improved sleep and lowered stress.

While the study authors say there’s not enough research to show that one type of mattress is ideal for every sleeper, their experiment linked improved sleep quality with new medium-firm mattresses that featured foam-encased springs.

It takes you an hour or more to fall asleep.

One measure of sleep quality is something sleep researchers call “sleep onset latency”—or the amount of time a person lies in bed before finally drifting off.

While you may (rightfully) blame your inability to fall asleep on things like your bedtime smartphone habit, or your messy room, a too-firm mattress may also be to blame, shows a 2015 study in Sleep Science.

That study found that when a group of elderly people switched from a “high firm” mattress to a “medium firm” mattress, the average time it took them to fall asleep fell from an average of 67 minutes to just 21 minutes. Measures of neck and back pain also dropped more than 50% after the study participants slept on the medium-firm mattresses for four weeks, the study shows.


What’s The Link Between Sleep And Personality?

Originally found on dreams.co.uk


Your personality controls your behavior, temperament and reactions. Even if you’re super laid back in the day, you may still have sleep troubles at night….

Your personality controls your behavior, temperament and reactions. Even if you’re super laid back in the day, you may still have sleep troubles at night. If you suffer from insomnia, it can sometimes feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. It’s often difficult to pin down exactly why some people struggle to sleep so much as there are so many factors to consider. So, why are sleep and personality connected?

A changed person

We’ve all woken up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning, but studies have shown that consistent sleep deprivation can actually change your personality. Even one night of disturbed sleep can make you less able to control your emotions according to a research carried out at Tel Aviv University. They concluded that when we lose sleep, our brain cannot decipher between what’s important and what isn’t. It means we take trivial things to heart when we would usually ignore them.

This is because the part of the brain responsible for emotions – the amygdala – is impaired when our sleep is ruined. It becomes disconnected from the area of the brain that is partially responsible for decision making – the medial prefrontal cortex. The disconnection of the two makes it very difficult to regulate our feelings. So, even the most chilled person could become an ogre or a sobbing mess after a bad night’s sleep.

Types of personality and sleep

A 2017 study recently published in Brain Sciences investigated the relationship between insomnia and personality type. They tested 2,089 participants with a questionnaire that deciphered their personality traits and the severity of their insomnia. The participants were then sorted into personalities: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness and neuroticism.

The research showed that neuroticism had the strongest links and severity of insomnia. Unsurprisingly, people with a neurotic personality type are prone to depression, anxiety, mood swings and emotional instability. The study also showed that neurotic participants were more likely to have their lives negatively affected by insomnia and have overall sleep troubles including difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep and waking up early.

People with a highly conscientious personality reported trouble staying asleep but said this did not affect their daily lives. Again, this is understandable as conscientious people are planners, self-disciplined and attentive.

Openness and agreeableness were somewhat related to insomnia severity but extroversion had no correlation.

So, if you fall into the neurotic or conscientious personality brackets, it’s likely that you are prone to suffering with insomnia more than others. The research also concluded that understanding how personality affects sleep could be a huge step forward for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It’s thought that it could help the way therapists approach individuals based on reactions and behaviors usually associated with their personality.

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