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How to Fall Asleep Faster– Tips and Tricks for Catching Zs

We’ve all been there. Tossing and turning at night. Checking the clock over and over. Watching the hours roll by, and failing at every attempt to go to sleep. Few things are more frustrating than thinking about how exhausted you’re going to be the following day, while feeling powerless to do much about it.

At Flexabed, we’re all for promoting healthy sleep habits and quality rest with our line of luxury adjustable beds. As such, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for those struggling with how to fall asleep faster. If drifting off to dreamland is an issue for you, try some of these tactics for more effectively going to sleep at night.

1– Try the Military Method

The military method was initially developed to help pilots fall asleep in less than two minutes flat! This trick involves actively and strategically relaxing the body one muscle group at a time. You begin by relaxing the muscles in your face including those inside your mouth. Then you drop your shoulders to release tension, allowing your hands to drop down by your sides. Next you exhale, relaxing the chest. Next your legs, thighs, calves. Then you clear your mind for 10 seconds, imagining a relaxing scene. It takes some practice, but can be a great way to wind down and practice mindfulness at bedtime.

If you're wondering how to fall asleep faster, one way is to avoid electronics for 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed.

2– Manage Lights/Avoid Electronic Devices

Bright light has an effect on the body’s circadian rhythm, which is what keeps people awake and alert during the day. Conversely, the absence of light at night tells the body it’s time to rest. The blue light emitted by electronic screens– like computers, televisions, tablets, and cell phones– interrupts this natural circadian rhythm, making it more difficult to fall asleep and to achieve deep, rejuvenating rest.

Try to avoid screens for 30 to 60 minutes prior to going to bed! Replace that screen time with relaxing music, meditation, or reading to help the mind and body relax.

3– Ignore the Clock!

Checking the time repeatedly while you toss and turn is counter productive. The more aware you are of time, the more anxious you’ll tend to become about losing sleep, which only exacerbates the problem. Try removing any time-keeping device other than your alarm clock from your bedroom, and turning the clock away so you can’t see it from bed.

4– Crank the AC

Your internal body temperature actually plays a key role in your biological clock and sleep patterns. Your body temperature drops after you fall asleep, and a cool, dark bedroom helps to boost melatonin production. Most people fall asleep faster in temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if you’re a cold-natured person, you may want to try this trick for falling and staying asleep at night!

Another tip for how to fall asleep faster is getting the right bed for you!

5– Avoid Caffeine and Carbs

It’s no surprise that the food and drink you put into your body have an impact on sleep. Large amounts of carbohydrates can cause drowsiness; however, after a carb-loaded meal, people tend to sleep for a short time, then toss and turn the rest of the night. Foods with high-fat content actually work better at helping promote restful sleep. It’s best to avoid carbs for at least 4 hours before turning in at night, and caffeinated beverages for about 6 hours prior to bedtime. Instead, try chamomile tea and nuts for a bedtime snack, as the tea contains calming agents and almonds and other nuts are high in fat and protein.

6– Get the Right Bed for You

None of these tips or tricks will do much good if you’re not working with the right bed/bedroom. For this reason, it’s important to ask yourself this question: Are you setting yourself up for success when it comes to falling and staying asleep? Check in about your mattress and bed frame. Are they serving you? If it’s time to upgrade, check out our Flexabed luxury adjustable mattresses and bed frames. They can be completely customized to best meet your sleep needs and preferences so you can achieve deep, restful sleep every night.

 When it Comes to Mattresses, Quality Matters

Hello once again, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Flexabed, you could say that we have a bit of an obsession with beds and mattresses. For over 50 years we have been providing quality adjustable beds and mattresses to our clients and, in our opinion, we have been quite successful in delivering on our promise of outstanding build quality and exceptional customer service. Unfortunately, the bedding industry is in a bit of a transition period at this point in time. Seemingly overnight, multiple companies popped up claiming that they had a better way for you to purchase your mattress, a way that allowed you to order from the comfort of your own home and have your shiny new mattress shipped directly to you. To make the offer even more enticing, they threw in guarantees that you will love your new mattress and, if you don’t, you can send it back after having slept on it for months. These companies have been a disruption to the bedding and mattress world and, more often than people may realize, do not quite deliver on the promises that they make in their advertising. While a bed in a box may be a good option for certain sleepers, we’re going to use today’s blog post to go over some of the reasons that these mattresses may not be the best choice for you. Keep reading below to learn more. 

Don’t Settle For a Less Than Quality Product

When the first companies popped up offering mattresses in a box, consumers rejoiced. Gone were the days of awkwardly laying on a mattress under the harsh glare of fluorescent lights in a local mattress store. Finally, a solution came about that allowed people to pick a mattress that they wanted without having to actually interact with a salesperson (or any person for that matter). 

Companies such as Casper, Tuft & Needle, and Purple use high-powered machinery to squeeze their mattresses down to a fraction of their normal size so that they can be easily shipped to their eager customer’s doorstep. However, there is a dark side to these shipping-friendly methods of mattress delivery. Many of these companies are sacrificing the quality of their customer’s sleep (and the lifespan of the mattress) during the process that it takes to shove a large mattress into a tiny box. Below, we’ve listed a few reasons why forcing a mattress into a shipping friendly container may not be the best idea that the bedding industry. 

Memory Foam Can Become Damaged When Compressed, Folded, and Rolled

Memory foam has quickly become one of the most popular mattress types in the United States and, if you have ever laid on one, you can probably understand why. Memory foam offers a level of comfort that most people have never experienced when it comes to a mattress. However, memory foam isn’t the miracle material that most companies would have you believe it is. When a foam mattress is compressed into a box, the cells that make up the mattress begin to quickly break down, just like they would when a person sleeps on it every night. The problem is, the amount of force that it takes to get a mattress into a relatively small box is much more than the mattress would ever see in a lifetime of use! After the shrinking process, the mattress really has no chance to bounce back until it is unpacked. This can cause such severe damage to the memory foam that by the time it reaches a customer’s door, it has lost the ability to conform to the body, bounce back from pressure, and relieve joint pain – the main reasons that people choose a memory foam mattress in the first place. 

The longer the mattress stays in the box, the more likely it is that the damage is going to be irreversible. While a customer may have just ordered their “new” mattress, they could have actually ordered a mattress that has been compressed in a box for weeks or months. 

Compressed Mattresses Need to Expand Before Use

Almost every commercial for a bed in a box company makes a big deal of the unpacking process. They want to show how easy it is to get the mattress out of the box and how quickly the mattress expands after breaking the vacuum-sealed plastic wrapping. Unfortunately, these commercials do not show reality so much as they show an ideal. Realistically, many mattresses that have been compressed to fit a shipping container need up to 48 hours to properly expand before the company recommends that they are slept on. What’s more, many manufacturers recommend that the customer let their mattress expand in the frame that it is going to rest on, meaning that unless you have a spare bed, you’re out of your normal sleeping spot for at least two days. As a result, most people do not wait the recommended time before sleeping on their newly ordered mattress, which can result in the mattress never fully expanding back to its original state. 

High-Quality Mattresses Can Never Really be Compressed

For the most part, high-quality mattresses come in four varieties: latex, memory foam, innerspring, or a hybrid of the aforementioned materials. Each mattress type has its own flaws: latex is expensive and can be too firm for most people, innerspring mattresses tend to wear out faster than other types, and a pure memory foam mattress can provide a hot sleeping experience and can give people an uncomfortable sinking feeling when getting into bed due to the lack of any underlying support. 

Despite these flaws, truly high-quality mattresses have one thing in common, they can’t be compressed to fit inside a box. A mattress that has been built to truly stand the test of time has a sturdy construction, meaning that compression is just not an option. 

 

We hope that this blog has been informative and that you understand some of the reasons that a mattress purchased off of the internet and shipped to you in a box may not be the best decision for you. Here at Flexabed, we don’t just make all of our adjustable bed bases in house, we also manufacture all of our mattresses. The level of quality that we put into our adjustable bed bases is the same as what we put into our mattresses and we are certain that once you experience the superior quality of our mattresses, you will never consider buying a foam mattress from some internet company. If you would like to learn more about our mattresses, please contact us today and one of our mattress experts will be more than happy to talk to you about the multiple mattress options that we have. Whether you are looking for a traditional innerspring mattress or a hybrid that combines that best of multiple mattress types, we are certain that you will find what you are looking for at Flexabed. 

 

Answering Your Questions about Adjustable Beds

There’s a dedicated page on this website to answer your questions about adjustable beds, but our friendly support staff here in LaFayette, GA, always get new questions posed by Flexabed customers researching our products before buying. Here are a few recent ones…

“Can any mattress be used on an adjustable bed?”

While we’d love to supply every Flexabed adjustable bed user with one of our dedicated mattresses, the truth is that the answer to the question “Can you use an adjustable base with any mattress?” is Yes – with some important exceptions. (more…)

Tips for Choosing the Best Mattress if you have Chronic Back Pain
If your back hurts often, you need a really firm mattress to offer a lot of support, right? Well, not necessarily. The experts say that it’s a personal choice of what feels most comfortable to each individual. The appropriate amount of firmness is a personal preference, just like the “correct” temperature to make a room comfortable.

It’s an important choice since most of us will spend the next several years on the mattress we order from the showroom. Considering how miserable the pain can be from nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, sciatica, and other back pain, the mattress can either be a source of relief or one of the major things that can aggravate these conditions. A comfortable bed can work with pain medication and skilled medical oversight to lay the foundation for restful, restorative sleep. (more…)

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