04 Feb Quality Winter Sleep: Mattress, Temperature, Routine
There are some people who see their sleep impacted to some degree by the changing seasons, and winter is a good example. Due to a combination of shorter days, cold temperatures and a few other factors, some people find it a bit tougher to get the sleep they need in winter — but there are some simple remedies to this issue if you’re dealing with it.
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re proud to offer a wide range of mattresses, from memory foam mattresses to latex and many others — plus numerous sleep accessories and tips to our clients to help them get quality sleep throughout the year. If you’re having issues sleeping during the cold part of the year, what are some recommendations we can make for improving it, starting with your mattress? This two-part blog series will go over several.
Proper Mattress Selection
While certain sleep issues you’re experiencing may actually be due to the season, in many cases the reality will be that you need a new mattress — and you’ve only started noticing it during the winter for some reason. The mattress is one of the single most important factors when it comes to sleep, and for this reason you need to pick the right one to get the most out of your time in bed.
The first thing that needs to be taken into account is firmness level. If you’re experiencing lower back pain during the winter months, chances are it’s due to a mattress that isn’t providing enough support. For these and other important areas of mattress selection, contact our team today to learn more and get expert advice.
Resist the Urge to Crank the Heat
You might be tempted to combat cold outdoor temperatures by ramping up your indoor heat to much higher levels than usual, but this may actually be contributing to poor sleep during the winter. Many people sleep better in a slightly more cool environment, since it makes them more likely to dive right into REM and other forms of deep sleep once they start dozing off.
Conversely, cranking up the heat indoors is going to make it tougher for your body to drop its core temperature after you’ve been lying still for a long time. Research has shown that ideal human sleeping temperatures are between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, so even in colder weather it makes sense to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature where you can get the best sleep possible.
Stick to a Routine
Even though the days are shorter during winter, you should still try to stick to your normal sleep schedule as much as possible. While it might seem easier to binge-watch the latest TV shows instead of heading off to bed early, this is actually counterproductive when it comes to getting quality Z’s.
The body doesn’t care what time of year it is — if you’re trying to sleep, it’s time to sleep, and by skipping out on early bed times you’re only making it tougher to fall asleep when your head hits the pillow at night. It doesn’t take long for these negative effects to start building up, too — consider that getting proper sleep is critical for your brain health, heart health and more.
For more on how to maintain quality sleep during the winter, or to learn about any of our mattresses or mattress accessories, speak to the pros at 2 Brothers Mattress today.