Extensive research shows a quality night’s sleep affects our physical health, emotional well-being and longevity. Conversely, a poor night’s sleep leads to irritability, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The importance of a good night’s sleep can’t be underestimated, and it’s fairly simple to achieve by following the advice below.

A great night’s sleep starts with two things:

  1. The proper amount of sleep
  2. A comfortable mattress with the proper support

The Proper Amount of Sleep

Individuals who get the correct amount of sleep each night tend to live longer, healthier and happier lives. Sleep repairs the body and produces protein molecules that are vital in fighting infection, pollutants and infectious bacteria. Plus it helps us maintain the proper weight, improves memory and lessens the chance of mood disorders. Although the proper amount varies from person to person, the sleep requirements by age are a good indicator of how much sleep you need each night.

  • Babies (Ages 0 – 2 months): 12 – 18 hours
  • Infants (Ages 3 – 12 months): 14 – 15 hours
  • Toddlers (Ages 1 – 3 years): 12 – 14 hours
  • Young Children (Ages 3 – 5 years): 11 – 13 hours
  • School-Aged Children (Ages 5 – 10 years): 10  – 11 hours
  • Teenagers (11 – 17 years): 8 – 9 hours
  • Adults: 7 – 9 hours

Choosing the Right Mattress

Since every person’s body is different, it’s important to take the time to find a mattress that is perfect for you. Visit Connell’s in Mt. Vernon and Newark and we’ll help you find the proper mattress for your back, bedroom and budget. Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses specializes in a variety of sleep solutions, including Simmons Beautyrest, Tempur-Pedic and the cool Serta iComfort mattress!

If you wake up with a sore back or have trouble getting to sleep, your mattress may be saggy. Although a firm mattress may be the solution, it may not be perfect for you. A plush mattress may also provide the support needed to to counter a saggy mattress. But it’s always necessary to test out a new mattress before you buy it.

Take the time to lay down on it and don’t rush into a decision. Try out several different types and compare the comfort levels. And be sure to wear comfortable clothes so you’re relaxed and can enjoy your experience choosing a comfortable mattress.