Reconciling Sleep and Image
Choosing the right mattress may be least of the many concerns people have for their lives. A culture dictate that what goes on in one’s bedroom is their private affair and so; whatever they buy for their bed is nobody’s business. However, one’s sleeping lifestyle greatly determines their performance at work or any other place of service, thereby making it an issue of public concern.
We have poured out our energies on public appearance. Our fashion quotient is scaling higher heights. However, we are loosing out on the most basic of our living blocks – better sleep.
Productivity at work is hinged on our concentration and healthy bodies. Human Resource managers outline brilliant ideas on how to maximize potential work places. Some have even won awards for designing illustrous work plans and performance incentives. However, the trends in the work place indicate that none of these ideas has yielded the desired results.
A good night’s sleep, just like proper diet and exercise, is essential to our mental, emotional and physical health. Yet many of us do not get the recommended amount of sleep needed each night to perform our best during the day. Instead, we sacrifice sleep and wake up to the consequences including difficulty in concentrating, irritability, weakened immune system and even higher level of stress.
Better sleep can be as simple as sleeping on a comfortable mattress! The right mattress can significantly contribute to having a good night’s sleep, rest and refreshment. Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause sleeplessness, aches and pain.
In a survey carried out in leading household goods stores, it was observed that people spend more time selecting clothes but little time on other items like mattresses and pillows. Those who were interested in bedding only checked for the conformity of the mattress’ measurements to their bed. On average, it took a person less than 15 minutes to decide on the type of mattress they wanted for their bed and well over 45 minutes deciding the kind of shirt or skirt they wanted to buy.
|A good mattress is key for better sleep.|
While the case above may sound strange to many of us, most of us do not care much about the kind of mattress we buy; after all it is a bedroom item, which no ‘outsider’ is likely to see.
Our welfare comes first. Gone are the days when a mattress had to be hard as a board to be good. One sleeps best when their bed helps them feel cradled in comfort, cosy and secure. Cushioning materials and extra-soft surface treatments create a more comfortable feel. In place of hard mattresses, one needs a firm support that gently supports the body at all points and keeps the spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture. When the mattress is too hard, one can experience uncomfortable pressure and muscle pains when they wake up.
All together, words cannot describe a mattress well enough. The only way to find out if the support and the comfort are right is to lie on the mattress and try. The mattress durability should not be a factor in purchasing, since it is not about how long it lasts but how best it serves your body. A mattress may still be used after 15 or 20 years, but if it is not giving you the good night’s sleep you deserve, it becomes irrelevant.
If you wake up every morning feeling like the night was too short or you didn’t have enough sleep, check out your mattress. Your company’s success could be hidden in the good image you portray at the expense of a sorry-state mattress.
By Antony Odeo
Mr. Odeo is an African Executive Staff Writer
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