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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A good place to sleep and a giveaway!!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Better Sleep Council for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Good Night Sleep Quote
A good night's sleep is one of the best things in the world for so many reasons. But sometimes it's pretty hard to sleep well. Having a good place to sleep is a good start.

Here's  a guide for how to get better sleep . My own tip? When there is a lot on my mind, I do word or math puzzles. Get into a comfortable position, close my eyes, breathe slowly and regularly. Pick a subject like animals, names or colors and work through the alphabet, or try to find as many words as possible in a phrase or longer word. Sometimes I'll draw a manala just in my thoughts, or count in Fibonacci sequence. It works pretty well. That's how I get on top for a good night's sleep.
The Better Sleep Council has a ton of information on their site, including some pretty fun things like what does your sleeping position say about your personality.
Between my back problems, and the fact that my husband is a large man, our mattress needed replacing recently. It had developed a husband shaped dip on his side that was making it hard for me to get really comfortable. My previous mattress was a high quality innerspring mattress. The fault in the mattress was simply that it was time to replace it, time and nightly use wore it out. If your mattress is more than 5 years old, you might need a new one.
So how do you shop for a new mattress?
  • Check out how to buy a mattress.
  • Start with research! There are a lot of types of mattresses out there. 
  • Talk to friends, find out who they trust. As my husband says, you can buy mattresses nearly anywhere these days- but getting questions answered and finding the perfect mattress takes a little more time. You're could spend over 10,000 hours in the next 5 years on that mattress. Make sure it's the right one for you.
  • Ask the questions. What are your issues? Weight, height, how much room you use when you sleep, how it handles heat, and explain what kind of support you like. 
  • Test the mattress using the SLEEP method described on the Better Sleep Council's website.
It turns out that the store that my friends recommended to me is one that links to the Better Sleep Council from their website! So my husband and I went and tried out a lot of mattresses.
Mattress testing at The Mattress Ranch
The person working was willing to answer all our questions and told us to take our time, to take a nap if we wanted to really know how good the mattress was for our sleeping style. He also had a measuring tape handy so if we needed measurements to figure out if we could fit it in our door, he could tell us. He was knowledgeable and super helpful.
So we got our new mattress, and how does it help? Like I said, we got it a few months ago. In that time, both my husband and I are sleeping better. He's woken up and his first words have been "I love our bed." My back, well, that's not going to be completely better, but because of the way our mattress dissipates heat and how well it contours, I'm not waking up in pain as often. My good days start out good.
So think about shopping for a new mattress on Memorial Day.
So the giveaway? There are actually 2!
Get on Top, win $1,000 giveaway like The Better Sleep Council on Facebook and enter the Get on Top Sweepstakes for a chance to win $1000.00
The giveaway on Don't Eat the Paste is for a $50.00 Visa Gift Card.
Open to US residents, 18+
Contest is open from now until May 30, 2014.
To Enter- just leave a comment on THIS post about your sleeping troubles and how a new mattress would help.
Read the official rules right here. Izea will pick a winner, and we will need a way to contact you so make sure you include an email address.

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  1. I toss and turn all night on our 10 year old mattress. A new mattress would stop this and I would get a good nights sleep.

  2. I toss and turn all night long from back/hip aches, I’ve even tried the pillow between the legs and doesn't help lol totally putting a fund together to save up for a new mattress! I think having a new and better mattress would support my body better!

  3. I am a very light sleeper. A new mattress would help because it would support me better.
    alaine74014 at gmail dot com

  4. I have a lot of back pain..a new mattress would really help me sleep better.
    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

  5. my only sleep issue is my kids waking me up too early! i love my mattress but would like an organic one that doesn't leach chemicals

  6. My mattress is really lumpy and I can never get comfortable. I desperately need a new mattress to help my back!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  7. I have scoliosis which causes a lot of back pain daily in my lower back as well as the middle/center where your spine is and also between my shoulders where your neck meets your back - it's awful. This is why I rarely sleep on my back. I am always forced to sleep on my side or my stomach because my current, older mattress is just not cushioned enough for my back - it's painful and uncomfortable. I really do need a new mattress, one that is very soft and has a lot of cushion. I think that would help a lot.
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

  8. I have trouble sleeping due to back pain and our old mattress makes the problem worse. I could use some nice mattress.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  9. My mattress is pretty old - at least 10 years and definitely leaves a lot to be desired. On one side I can actually feel the springs in my back so a new mattress would definitely aid with better sleep and overall better health.
    green-butterflies at hotmal dot com

  10. My mattress is a little bit old and it causes me discomfort when I sleep, sometimes I wake up sore. Choosing a new mattress with the right cushion would provide my body the support needed and it would help me sleep better

  11. My mattress is very lumpy, uneven and uncomfortable. I usually wake up at least once throughout the night and I think a newer, better mattress would improve my overall sleep experience.
    soapstarr01@aol dot com

  12. My health is really affected by my lack of sleep. My mattress is very old and very hard with a dip in the middle despite regular flipping. Thanks to Lupus, Fibro, joint issues, etc. it is impossible for me to get comfy enough to go to sleep. I use a lot of pillows to try and prop myself, but I think a new foam or gel top mattress is the only answer to being able to get some sleep!

    Robin Wilson zuzu.wilson(at)yahoo(dot)com

  13. A new mattress would help back problems so I would feel rested in the morning. Thanks for the opportunity.

  14. A new mattress would be a big help in letting be feel more comfortable when I go to sleep. I toss and turn, and sometimes get up a lot trying to get comfortable on my mattress.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com


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