No Pressure: Getting a Restful Night’s Sleep

If getting a restful night’s sleep sounds like it would be a dream come true, you’ve come to the right place. In our high stress world, we know we need to properly rest and rejuvenate our bodies at the end of a long day, but restful nights of sleep don’t just happen. If we want a restful night’s sleep, we need to set ourselves up for success by evaluating our sleep environment and our sleep surface.

Sleep Environment


Light/Dark

Throughout the day, the shifting spectrum of the sun’s light regulates our circadian rhythm. Early morning (more blue light) signals us to wake-up, while the shift to the red end of the spectrum in the evening signals our bodies to go to sleep. This means that in the evening, avoiding exposure to blue light is important. Dim your lights and/or install blue-blocking filters on your computer, android systems, or jailbroken iOS systems. You can also get amber glasses that block the blue light. This will help your body know when it’s time to go to sleep and to produce the necessary hormones to fall asleep and stay asleep.

While you are sleeping, the room should be completely dark – especially avoiding those pesky lights from your phone or tablet that may be charging or blinking on your nightstand. This also may mean an investment in blackout curtains or shades. If complete darkness is unsuitable, light up the night with salt lamps that naturally emit a soft orange glow.

Cool/Comfortable

Did you know that your desire to save on your heating or cooling bills may be affecting your sleep? Experts agree that a room that is too hot or too cold can negatively affect sleep. When you go to sleep, your body temperature naturally falls slightly, so a room that is slightly cool is usually the easiest to fall asleep and stay asleep in. If your sleep patterns aren’t ideal, this is another place to scrutinize. If you can’t bring yourself to raise that thermostat in the winter, invest in a heated mattress pad or electric blanket, and during the summer, turn on a fan and ditch all but a cotton or performance sheet to help stay cool.

And of course, it probably doesn’t even need to be said, but be sure to sleep in whatever sleepwear is most comfortable for you

Sleep Surface


While playing with the light and temperature of your house are quick and inexpensive fixes, the biggest sleep factor is not: your mattress. Mattresses are an investment, and we tend to pay big bucks for something that we hope will allow us to sleep comfortably for several years, only to start waking up with stiff necks and sore backs after a few years. In order to find the ideal sleep surface, let’s do a quick comparison of the pros and cons of two of the most common types of mattresses.

Innerspring

Pros:
  • Familiarity— This is probably the mattress you grew up sleeping on.
  • Availability— Available at any mattress department or store, innerspring mattresses have been around for a long time, and it’s unlikely that they will be making an exodus from the marketplace any time soon.
  • Price— Compared to other mattress types, innerspring mattresses are often less expensive.
Cons:
  • Durability— Innerspring mattresses tend to have a below average lifespan, as the mattress and/or pillow top compresses and sags over time.
  • Pressure— Innerspring mattresses do not conform as well to the human body as other types of mattresses creating painful pressure points.
  • Motion— Unless the mattress has individual pocketed coils, you’re going to feel whenever your bed partner (be that spouse or child) moves during the night.
  • Noise— Springs aren’t always quiet, and age can make a mattress “squeak” even more.

Foam

Pros:
  • Availability— Latex and memory foam mattresses are no longer the “new kid on the block” making these mattresses as easy to purchase as an innerspring, and with their small, compressed size, it’s even easier to purchase in-store and drive home in any larger car, van or SUV.
  • Pressure— The main advantage touted by foam mattress manufacturers is the improved ability to conform to curves of the human body, reducing painful pressure points.
  • Motion— Motion is not translated across the mattress.
  • Noise— Foam and the compression of foam is silent.
Cons:
  • Toxic— Some mattresses will have a significant off-gassing period, which could merely be an annoying problem or could be a serious health issue if you suffer from chemical sensitivities.
  • Temperature— Many foam beds retain heat, causing sleepers to “sleep hot.” Additionally, foam is temperature sensitive, meaning that as it warms, it will deform more. This also means that the temperature of the room may have an impact on the firmness/softness of the mattress (colder is firmer, warmer is softer).
  • Motion— While motion isn’t transferred on the mattress, due to the nature of foam, it is sometimes more difficult to move about on.
  • Alignment— Heavier parts of the body naturally sink deeper into the mattress, mis-aligning the spine.
  • Durability— As the mattress ages, the top layers of foam may break down causing indentations, especially under heavier body sections.
  • Price— Most foam beds retail anywhere from $2,000, upwards to $5,000+! Ouch!

If neither innerspring nor foam sound appealing after that comparison, there’s a newcomer to the mattress game.


Purple™ is a new kind of mattress that uses gel to virtually eliminate the cons of traditional mattresses, while amassing all of the pros, and more!

Purple™ started as a Kickstarter campaign. It is built on the partnership of two brothers who, after working together to create high-tech carbon fiber sporting goods and wheelchairs, created Floam™, the world’s lightest weight cushioning fluid. Wanting to revolutionize cushioning at a lower cost, the brothers invented a hyper-elastic polymer in the 1990s, which would eventually lead to the acquisition of over 30 cushioning patents, and the revolutionary Purple™ mattress. Purple™ was developed by actual scientists who love sleeping as much as you do! 

Features You Will LOVE

  • Pressure— While foam mattresses reduce pressure, gel mattresses virtually eliminate pressure points.
  • Durability— Purple™ never develops a body indentation and comes backed with a 10 year warranty.
  • Motion— No motion transfer, and easy to move around on.
  • Noise— Silent.
  • Temperature— Gel is temperature neutral.
  • Alignment— Smart-comfort grid is soft where you want it and supportive where you need it, which means excellent spinal alignment.
  • Non-toxic— Purple™ is green; there are no toxic chemicals, all manufacturing products are recycled and packaging is recyclable. The base is Certi-PUR-US polyurethane foam.
    • Made without ozone depleters.
    • No PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEPS (“Tris”) flame retardants.
    • Is mercury, lead and other heavy metal free.
    • Contains no formaldehyde.
    • Made without phthalates regulated by CPSC.
    • Is Low VOC.
    • Made in the USA!
  • Price— The Purple™ Bed cuts out the middle man to save you money, making the mattress affordable for many budgets.
    • 100% free shipping! Always!
    • You have 100 days to decide that you love your Purple™ bed; if you don’t, simply return it for a full refund!

See Purple in ACTION!

Your body is chock-full of delicate “pressure points” that need to be supported by a mattress in order to properly align your body. However, you shouldn’t have to be forced to compromise comfort for support. Did you know that the Purple bed can, literally, cradle a raw egg without breaking, while withstanding thousands of pounds of pressure?

Check out this video to see it in action!

From one mom to another:

My husband is what I like to call a “fish flopper” when he sleeps. He doesn’t gracefully roll over, instead, he completely lifts up his body and flops it back down onto the mattress, typically rousing my slumber in the process. After sleeping together on the Purple™ mattress for the past two months, we both wake up more rested, and happier. I’ve struggled with lower back pain since breaking my tailbone a few years ago, and the Purple mattress really has helped my back feel better, and I don’t feel “sore” in the morning, because I’ve had a proper night’s sleep on a supportive mattress that keeps my spine aligned. The gel is soft, and extremely comfortable to sleep on- especially since I can now hardly feel my sleeping partner’s movement (aside from the grunt/snore that usually accompanies the flop.) I also love how the mattress is non-toxic, so I can rest easy having my children join us in bed without inhaling harmful chemicals. My son is due to transition out of his toddler bed soon, and I fully plan to purchase a Purple™ mattress for his bedroom, because I love the high quality and comfort, at an extremely affordable price point.  – Megan, Daily Mom Editor


You can have the good night’s sleep that you’ve been longing for. It’s not an impossible dream. It just takes a bit of effort and some planning ahead to take the pressure off for a restful slumber. 

Want more information about natural sleep surfaces? Check out The Importance of Choosing an Organic Mattress.

Photo Credits: The Memoirs of MeganDani 
Thanks to Purple™ for sponsoring today’s post. Opinions expressed are solely our own.

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Stefani

Stefani was raised in California; with her husband hailing from South Carolina, they've settled in the middle and are now raising three Texans. She loves classical homeschooling, great books, period dramas, modifying recipes, simple living, deep thinking, and cuddling up with her family to watch silly YouTube videos.

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