How To Treat Insomnia

how to treat insomnia
There is a perennial myth and it's that firm mattresses are actually good for your back, and as we learn how to treat insomnia it's worth noting that this myth is also preventing millions of us from getting what we desperately need... Deep restorative sleep.

The firmer the mattress, the greater the pressure on the body against what is in essence a non-yielding surface, and it will wake you up! Most of us are side sleepers and In a vain attempt to relieve shoulder pressure, and whether we are consciously aware of it or not, on a firm mattress we flip from shoulder to shoulder all night long. This constant movement radically disturbs our natural sleep cycle and we wake rarely, if ever, refreshed and ready for the new day. Does that sound like you?

Traditionally, and going all the way back for the last hundred years or so, what was thought of as a high quality mattress was constructed using heavy gauge springs covered in layers of felt and horse hair, and the entire bed was finally clad with sumptuous fabrics some quilted, some not. The better variety's were so rigidly made that they did not sag in the middle. Sagging mattresses then as now, did indeed contribute to recurring back pain. Hence the notion that a firm mattress was better for you. The cheaper these mattresses were the more likely they were to deteriorate quickly. They were the worst, hard and sagging all at the same time. Mattress manufacturers addressed these issues with the advent of deeply quilted Pillow Tops. 
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Designed to 'soften the blow', Pillow Tops,did the job but eventually the loose quilting would create a deep body impression all of its own and we were back to square one.

So hard mattress (lots of pressure but lasts) or soft (great at first but breaks down over time)?

It Doesn't Have To Be That Way Any More!

It's the 21st Century now and things have radically changed in the bedding business. So maybe it's time to think about switching to a modern foam mattress. With this in mind, the next time you shop for a bed you may discover that a whole lot of sleep science has been involved in the development of contemporary spring-less mattresses. The best examples contain highly engineered modern foams that will temporarily contour precisely to your exact body shape while you are sleeping and yet retain their original flat rectangular shape when you are not. No permanent body impressions will remain.

Today you have a huge choice of foam beds with price points from fairly inexpensive to somewhat extravagant. How do you choose? Rule of thumb, ask lots of questions, one of them being "Where is the foam material in this bed manufactured? If the bed contains imported foams they were likely manufactured in China. Frequently Chinese foams have been known to use formaldehyde as a means of curing the finished product. Sometimes you just don't know so I would avoid the 'too good to be true' inexpensive memory foam products and instead choose a bed with its core materials produced in the USA. They will last, cradle you in blissful comfort, and will also have been stringently tested for toxicity and fire suppression.

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