They key to a good night’s sleep begins in bed. Start by selecting a mattress and pillow that are comfortable and suit your needs.
“I think I’m getting too much sleep these days,” said no one ever. In fact, Canadians rank among the top five nations that are sleep deprived. This lack of sleep can have lasting consequences according to the Canadian Sleep Society. “Insufficient sleep, even on a single night, has a number of immediate consequences including lower alertness, negative mood, reduced motor and visual acuity, longer response times, and impaired attention and memory.” The long term, cumulative effects of chronic insufficient sleep (reduced sleep over days and weeks) are even more startling. They include weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. So, getting a good night rest should be a priority for everyone. The first step to getting a good night’s sleep? Investing in a proper mattress.
The bed: Over the past five years, the bed-in-a-box trend has taken over the mattress market, and leading the pack is Casper, with a 100-day trial period, free shipping and ten year warranty. CSL tested the classic Casper 4-layer foam mattress, pillows, and frame.
The mattress: Those with body pain will immediately notice the equal distribution of weight, gently sinking into the foam. Testers that slept on their side noticed that the foam allowed the body to gently rest in the mattress comfortably, without added strain on the hip and shoulder areas. Motion transfer (if you sleep with a partner), is minimal so that one person shifting during the night had little effect on the overall sleep of the other person.
Pillows: As Goldilocks would know, finding a bed that’s just right is hard to do. Whether your bed feels too soft, or too hard has a lot to do with your pillow. Casper pillows combine the best of both worlds with a pillow-in-pillow design that is both supportive and soft.
Added Bonus: Have you have ever awoken in the middle of the night to an elevated body temperature? The Casper solves this through the comfort foam layer (made of latex-like foam), located above the memory foam which can trap body heat.
Must-Have Sound Sleep Accessories: The Mattress Protector – a waterproof guard against dirt, spills and wear. The Box Spring – essential as a stable surface to support the mattress.
This original healthy living article first appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of City Style and Living Magazine