The secret to a good night’s sleep

Posted at 4:38 AM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 05:38:33-04

It has been over a month since the daylight savings time changed and people are still trying to get adjusted. Maybe it is not the time change.

If you are struggling to sleep you are not alone. More than 60 million adults have sleep disorders. We checked in with mattress retailer Mattress Firm to find out the secret for a good night’s sleep.

"The secret to getting a great night’s sleep, first and foremost, is the right sleep products. Innovation and technology is rapidly changing in the mattress industry, and it’s important that you keep up. Purchase new products fairly often, more than you may realize, to get the best night sleep possible," said Mattress Firm Executive Christopher Dunn.

For many people, the lack of sleep can make them desperate, and lead them looking for solutions.

"People come in daily asking for all sorts of things. Acid reflux, sleep apnea, we talk about adjustable bed bases, snoring, neck discomfort, and alignment. We talk about new pillows, and I think consumers are desperate for solutions," said Dunn.

And when it comes to a mattress, it’s not always every-size-fits-all, and adjustable mattresses can make a world of difference.

"I think a big change in the industry is adjustable bed bases. They offer more relief to circulation, acid reflux, and they can certainly help with lower back pain. If you don’t have those things then adjustable bases are a life-style change," said Dunn.

What about the pillows? They should not be overlooked.

"We spend a 1/3 of our lives on our mattress. So it is really important that it offers you the proper support. If your mattress is not firm and supportive, it is time to replace, and the same as your pillow. If your pillow is not firm and lost its support and the ability to offer you proper neck and spinal alignment, it is important that you replace," said Dunn.

Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours between the sheets a priority. 

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and a panel of 18 experts combed through more than 300 studies to identify the ideal amount of time a person needs to sleep according to their age:

  • Newborns (0 to 3 months): 14 to 17 hours of sleep
  • Infants (4 to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours of sleep
  • Toddlers (1 to 2 years): 11 to 14 hours of sleep
  • Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): 10 to 13 hours of sleep
  • School-aged children (6 to 13 years): 9 to 11 hours of sleep
  • Teenagers (14 to 17 years): 8 to 10 hours of sleep
  • Young adults (18 to 25 years): 7 to 9 hours of sleep
  • Adults (26 to 64 years): 7 to 9 hours of sleep
  • Older adults (65 years or older): 7 to 8 hours of sleep