I want to share with something that changed my life a couple of years ago. I had been sleeping on [namebrand] mattress for just about 5 years. It was good, but the 5 years had taken its toll. I went mattress shopping and tested the big brands and was budgeting for something around $2,000. It seemed excessive but a healthy night's sleep is important to a great day.
For months I read reviews, compared brands and model differences between stores and was getting more and more uncomfortable in my aging mattress. So, I jumped on Amazon and found a $280 12-inch foam mattress just to get me through a couple of months. It came in a small-ish square box and looked ridiculous after unpacking.
Three years later and it's just as comfortable -- I don't need to replace it but a wallet-friendly price of $250 I just might. Even if I replaced it every year it would cost less than keeping that $2,000 mattress.
If your back is bothering or you've noticed some sag in your mattress, I urge you to try it out. Regardless, if you've been sleeping on a mattress for 5 years it is definitely time to start shopping around.
The expense of a brand new mattress may be prohibitive for some but a fresh pillow can also make a world of difference. But you should definitely get the pillow that is right for how you sleep.
For side sleepers, try out AERIS Contour Pillow ($47). For stomach sleepers, check out the Bluewave Bedding Ultra Slim Gel-Infused Memory Foam Pillow ($43).
But my favorite pillow is the Beckham Hotel Gel.
Air purifiers do improve your sleep. These devices can purify the air by trapping 99.97% of down to 0.3 microns airborne allergens such as dust, dust mites, pet hair, pet dander, mold spores and lots of bacteria that can cause congestion and keep you up at night. Who can sleep with these symptoms: congestion, stuffy noses, sneezing, sinus headaches, and shortness of breath?
Air purifiers produce slight white noise as well, which can contribute as a sleep aid.
We sleep best in a cool and comfortable environment, where fresh air plays a big role.