Why Sleep Is Important for the Rest of Your Day

When you’re busy, it’s tempting to simply stay up later to get a few more things done before you turn in for the night. After all, you might reason that you’re not going to be able to sleep anyway with a list of all your undone to-do list items scrolling through your head. Shorting yourself on sleep is not a good long-term strategy, however, if you want to remain healthy. Sleep serves several important functions to keep both body and mind in top shape. Here’s why putting a priority on getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night is a good idea:

Sleeping improves learning and memory: Sleep is an important time for your brain to reset and prepare for the next day. While you sleep, your brain is forming new connections, making it easier to recall information you’ve just learned. A good night’s sleep can also enhance your problem-solving and decision-making skills. More recent research indicates that the brain also sweeps out toxins during sleep. You’ll gain more in next-day productivity by getting a good night’s rest than you will by trying to hammer out extra work in the wee hours.

Sleeping boosts your mood: Missing out on sleep is likely to make you irritable and angry, according to psychological studies. It can also make it harder for you to regulate your reaction if something doesn’t go well. Unfortunately, feelings of stress and anxiety aren’t just a result of sleeplessness—they can also be a cause of it. Many people can fall into a vicious cycle of insomnia and anxiety feeding off of one another. Making an effort to get a proper amount of sleep each night can help promote a more positive, resilient mood.

Sleeping promotes physical health: The hours of sleep are when your body repairs damage to cells. Sleep is also when your body heals your heart and blood vessels and boosts muscle mass. On the flip side, lack of sleep is associated with weight gain. When you don’t get enough sleep, hormonal changes stimulate your appetite, making you eat more. Lack of sleep can also interfere with your body’s ability to control blood sugar effectively. If your efforts to exercise and eat better don’t seem to be paying off, it could be that getting insufficient sleep is unintentionally making it harder to see the benefits.

Sleeping promotes healthy immune function: Your body needs sleep to help your immune system function properly. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to get sick when you’re exposed to a virus.

Making the right amount of time for healthy sleep and promoting it with good sleep habits is essential for getting the most out of your day. One of the most important things you can do is make sure that you literally have the best foundation for sleep by buying the right mattress. IDLE Sleep’s two-sided mattresses use the latest in foam technology for superior pressure relief and temperature control to give you the best possible rest. Find out today which IDLE Sleep mattress is right for you.

Why It’s Important to Flip Your Mattress

A quality mattress is a serious investment. It’s also an important factor in getting the proper rest, so if you’ve taken the time to research and purchase the best mattress, you don’t want to have to replace it any time soon. Proper care of your mattress plays a large role in how long you can expect it to remain in good shape, and flipping it is key to making it last.

Why is it important to flip a mattress? Generally speaking, people tend to occupy the same spot in a bed night after night. If you share your bed with your significant other, you each probably have a preferred side. This means that certain areas of your mattress are put under more stress than the rest of it in the normal course of using it.

With traditional innerspring mattresses, this repeated application of weight could weaken the metal springs over time, making the mattress sag. Thus, the practice of rotating and flipping mattresses was developed. Turning the mattress so that the head becomes the foot (rotating) and/or turning it so the top becomes the bottom (flipping), evens out the wear on a mattress by subjecting different areas of the mattress to pressure each time its position is adjusted. Regularly rotating and flipping it meant the mattress would last much longer without any noticeable decline in comfort.

The principle is similar for foam mattresses. Although there are no mechanical components inside an all-foam mattress that could wear out or break, over time the foam in a mattress will compress, resulting in body impressions and sagging. If the position of the mattress has never been changed since you bought it, those impressions will develop much faster.

Unfortunately, many modern mattress manufacturers have switched to making one-sided mattresses. These are designed to offer a suitable sleep surface on only one side of the bed, rather than both as was standard previously. This makes it impossible to flip your mattress and reduces the alternate positions you can use to distribute wear and tear. If you own a one-sided mattress, you can and should still rotate it, alternating which end serves as the head and which as the foot, to do what you can to even out the use. However, not being able to flip it will reduce the overall lifespan of the mattress as compared to two-sided mattresses.

At IDLE Sleep, all of our mattresses are two-sided. We know that it’s a hassle to have to keep replacing worn-out mattresses, so we give you the means to keep your mattress in top shape for years. For maximum longevity, we recommend rotating your mattress end to end every couple of months and flipping it two to three times per year.

IDLE Sleep is dedicated to producing top-quality mattresses at a fair price. Our American-made mattresses use the latest in premium materials for superior temperature control and pressure relief. If you’re ready to experience a great night’s sleep, it’s time to find out which IDLE Sleep mattress is right for you.

How Do You Know If It’s Time for a New Mattress?

Even the highest quality mattresses don’t last forever. Unlike a carton of milk, however, a mattress doesn’t come with an expiration date that lets you know when it is past its prime. If you’re wondering how to evaluate the state of your current mattress, here are the factors you should consider:

How old is it?

While some mattresses can last up to a decade, if yours is more than 8 years old you should be considering a replacement. If you’re over 40, or if you’ve experienced a significant change in weight since you first bought your mattress, a replacement may be in order even if it isn’t that old, as your body’s need for support may be quite different now.

Is it lumpy or visibly sagging?

Daily use takes a toll on your mattress over time. You may find that the stuffing has bunched up, or there is now a permanent depression in the spot where you regularly sleep. If this is the case, then your mattress has reached the end of its useful life. Sagging in either a foam or innerspring mattress means that it no longer has the support your body needs for comfort throughout the night.

Do you wake up feeling tired, achy, numb, or stiff?

The quality of the sleep you’re getting is even more important than whether your mattress looks okay. If you wake up feeling tired, that can be a sign that you’re spending your night tossing and turning, trying to find a comfortable position. Aches, stiffness, and numbness are also indications that your mattress isn’t offering adequate support or proper give at pressure points.

Are your allergies worse at night?

Mattresses are notorious for harboring dust mites, which are harmless but can be an allergy trigger for some people. These build up over the life of your mattress, so if you find that you’re consistently waking up with itchy eyes or a runny nose, it may be because the level of allergens in your mattress is too high.

Do you sleep better when you’re away from home?

If you’ve found yourself thinking that the mattress in your last hotel was a dream compared to your bed at home, that can be a sign that it’s time for a change. You can test whether or not your mattress is the cause of broken rest by sleeping in another location for a couple of days—even just another bed in your house.

At IDLE Sleep, we know that when you’ve invested in a good mattress, you want it to last as long as possible. That’s why all of our luxury mattresses are two-sided. This design allows you to flip and rotate them to even out wear and extend the life of your mattress. Our premium materials provide superior temperature control and pressure relief to give you the restful night’s sleep you’ve been missing. Find out today which IDLE Sleep mattress is right for you.