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The Sleep Shop – Be­cause Sleep Mat­ters

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We are all aware that diet, ex­er­cise, stress and phys­i­cal fit­ness all con­tribute to our over­all well-be­ing, but what about sleep? The Sleep Shop has the expertise you need to pick the right mat­tress to guar­an­tee the very best sleep.

The num­ber of health prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with sleep de­pri­va­tion is alarm­ing, with two-thirds of adults not get­ting ad­e­quate or qual­ity sleep. The health prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with sleep de­pri­va­tion in­clude a higher risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, in­creased in­ci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease, in­creased risk of can­cer and weight gain. A lack of sleep is al so a lead­ing cause of car ac­ci­dents.

What should you look for in a mat­tress?

There are many things that need to be con­sid­ered and each per­son is unique. A few things that have a bear­ing on the de­ci­sion are: old in­juries, pref­er­ence, size and sleep­ing ar­range­ment. This is why we fit the cus­tomer to the mat­tress. Is the most ex­pen­sive mat­tress the best? Not nec­es­sar­ily! One thing that is for cer­tain is that the big­ger the bet­ter. On av­er­age peo­ple move 40-60 times per night so there should be some space to en­sure com­fort, es­pe­cially if shar­ing a bed. A stan­dard dou­ble bed is 4’6”, with a cou­ple sleep­ing in it this is 2’3” per per­son, or the same amount of space a child had in a cot. A pocket-sprung mat­tress is op­ti­mal for cou­ples as it re­duces sleep dis­tur­bance and will im­prove qual­ity of sleep for both peo­ple.

How of­ten should you re­place your mat­tress? Over time, a mat­tress will grad­u­ally lose sup­port and col­lect dust mites and al­ler­gens! Re­plac­ing it a min­i­mum of ev­ery eight years is rec­om­mended.

Pil­lows are the sec­ond im­por­tant fac­tor to take into con­sid­er­a­tion. Head size, size of shoul­der to ear, mat­tress firm­ness, sleep­ing po­si­tion, pre­ferred po­si­tion and pre­vi­ous in­jury should in­flu­ence your choice of pil­low. Pil­lows should be re­placed ev­ery two years for rea­sons of sup­port and hy­giene. Sleep hy­giene is an­other im­por­tant fac­tor. This refers to the en­vi­ron­ment in which you sleep: the room tem­per­a­ture should be kept be­tween 16-18°C, with good air qual­ity, rou­tinely cleaned fresh sheets and pas­tel or calm­ing colours are also help­ful. Cre­ate com­plete dark­ness with black-out blinds or an eye mask and keep LEDs, blue lights, TVs and com­put­ers ou t of the sleep­ing area with a pre-sleep rit­ual and wak­ing rit­ual help en­hance the over­all sleep­ing qual­ity.

At The Sleep Shop, we be­lieve that to live well you need to sleep well. With con­sis­tent and high qual­ity sleep, one can ex­pect an in­creased abil­ity to learn, im­proved mem­ory, en­hanced cre­ativ­ity, logic and de­ci­sion-mak­ing. Ad­e­quate sleep also im­proves the im­mune sys­tem, helps fight ma­lig­nancy, pre­vents in­fec­tion, wards off sick­ness, the mi­cro­biome of the gut flour­ishes and there is im­proved car­dio­vas­cu­lar health.

The Sleep Shop is the first re­tailer in Ire­land to have a house chi­ro­prac­tor of­fer­ing a free, no obli­ga­tion fit­ting ser­vice for both mat­tresses and pil­lows. The Sleep Shop is lo­cated on the Dublin Road, Ankers Bower, Athlone. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.thesleepshop.ie or call 086-084 6501 For your chance to win this bliss­ful prize, sim­ply an­swer the ques­tion be­low:

How of­ten is it rec­om­mended you change your mat­tress? Is it: a) 6 years b) 8 years c) 19 years

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