Monday, January 16, 2012

The Importance Of A Good Night’s Rest- How To Get A Sound Sleep

A good night’s sleep is important for individuals of all ages. As parents of young children will readily attest to, a toddler who has not slept well (and, truth be told, a teenager who has not slept well) can be a nightmare to contend with. This is why many parents try to ensure that their little ones find a sleep routine that works for the family and, best of all, provides restful sleep and a greater likelihood of good behavior. No child wants to go to sleep early and, often, parents resort to bribes—from one more story to the promise of a piece of candy the next day. Something many people may fail to consider, however, is the importance of a bed that the child likes and enjoys.

There are many “fun” beds available for kids—race car shaped beds, bunk beds, princess beds for girls, etc. In addition, many shops sell colorful, themed bed linens that children will enjoy, especially when their favorite storybook or television characters feature! Parents and caregivers should consider not only the aesthetics of a bed but also that it be safe and comfortable as well as age appropriate.

A proper bed is not only important for little ones; restful sleep is just as pivotal for adults as it is for children and teenagers, and this can become particularly true when one is recovering from illness or suffers chronic back problems. Of course, this is also true of anyone who works a stressful job, caters to the kids mentioned above, or particularly needs restorative sleep—no reason is a bad reason to want a good night’s rest. No one is too young or too old to need and want good sleep and, thus, to want and need a good bed on which they can rest successfully.

Some sleep factors are, of course, dependent on variables such as avoiding caffeine, controlling worry, and eating in a way that is nutritionally optimal. However, if one has a bed that is not suitable for him or her, or that is simply not conducive to effective rest, this will interfere with sleep hygiene no matter how tightly other factors are controlled for. Before purchasing a bed and mattress, remember to consider your particular needs—stature, muscular issues, back issues, need for a soft or hard mattress, etc. Also, aesthetics are important, and a bed you find not only comfortable but attractive, and suitable for your house of flat, is important as well.

Choose not just a “good” bed but also bed linens that will help you sleep—they should, for example, be soft, comfortable, easy to care for, and in colors that please you. It is also essential that you choose a bed that is the right size for you and your lifestyle. Remember that, while a bed and mattress might be expensive, you spend a good portion of your life sleeping, and it is thus something well worth investing in.

The article in this guest post was written by Clare Louise. A fulltime British freelance writer who wants to reach the world with her articles!

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