Ever notice how you feel after a night of little sleep, you aren't as quick to come up with solutions, you are quick to anger, maybe everything seems a little hazy and you cant keep focus. There is a reason for this, and we are going to cover the importance of having a good bed, in the first article of a How To Sleep series. Our brain cannot function properly unless it is given the time to 'reboot', which happens while we sleep. One of the most important factors in our day to day lives is having a good nights rest, and one thing we can do to help make sure this happens is to purchase a good quality bed.

When my wife and I got a new mattress, it was very exciting. I remember lying down on it and feeling totally relaxed. For months I was getting lower back pain every morning when I'd wake up. Within a week of getting the new bed, the pain was gone and it hasn't come back. I find that I get a deeper sleep now, and I am able to get up bright and early (usually around 5:30) without a second thought to the fact I'm getting up so early. Not too long ago, I don't think I could have believed that I'd be getting up so early every day. But now that I am doing it I wouldn't go back to sleeping in, I get roughly an extra 45 minutes of free time every day before I have to get ready for work. Now this isn't just because of the new bed, but having a full nights rest definitely allows me to do this.

Did you know that getting a full 8 hours of sleep will actually reduce your temptations for extra food? I believe that this has something to do with a hormonal imbalance which occurs when you don't get enough sleep. Lack of sleep has also been known to have ill effects on your blood pressure and cholesterol, which can lead to a higher risk of having a heart attack. If you are depressed or go through stages of depression, try to consistently get a full night of rest because it has been found that getting the full amount of sleep will help to relieve some of the depression you are feeling.

Have you ever woken up from a good nights sleep with the answer to the problem you were trying to solve the day before? I know that I have. This is because while we are sleeping our brains will collect and process all of the things that happened during your day. While it is doing this, your subconscious mind will continue to work on your problem even while you are sleeping. And if it comes up with a solution you may wake up to find it waiting for you in your thoughts. I'm sure that I've provided enough reasons to go out and learn how to sleep properly. The first step that we are covering is having a good bed. So let's take a look at buying that bed (if you don't already have the right bed).

When looking for a new bed you have to be willing to spend some money, because if you think about it, you're probably going to be spending 33% of your day (8 hrs), every day, for a very long time on top of it. In my opinion this is money well spent. A bed that you feel comfortable on, and that you can easily fall asleep on is a life saver for anyone who has trouble falling asleep or wakes up often during the night. Even for people who get a full nights rest, a new bed can drastically reduce the amount of times that they switch positions or partially wake up during the night, what this means is a deeper and more relaxed sleep which will make you feel that much better in the morning when you wake up.

Just because a bed is more expensive, doesn't mean that it is the right bed for you. When you are out shopping for a new bed, make sure that you lie down on them, move around, get comfortable and spend some time on the mattress. If you have a partner, then make sure they come with you and both of you lie down on the bed together, you have to make sure that you both can be comfortable in the bed. Try out as many mattresses as you can, because you want to get the one that you feel the most relaxed on. Some people prefer harder mattresses while others prefer softer ones; try them all out and find the one that suits you best. When you've tried all of the options, go back and retest your top 3 or 4 mattresses just to be sure you are getting the best one. I can't stress it enough about how important testing out the mattress is before you buy it. The last thing you want is to spend your hard earned money on a mattress that when you bring it home, makes your sleeping worse.

I hope that I have been able to convince you to spend extra time when buying a new bed to make sure that you get the best possible mattress for you. When compared to the 10 years of use you might get out of it, at 8 hours a day, it really is worth the time and money invested in finding the right mattress. I lived for many years with a 'value' priced mattress, but when we switched to our new 'good' mattress it made a world of difference. I was extremely surprised by the difference it made not only in the quality of my sleep, but also in the elimination of my lower back pain.

Once again, I hope that you have enjoyed the first article in the How To Sleep series; stay tuned in to InfoBarrel for future articles in this series.

This is an original article written by BullishD for InfoBarrel.com, it was published on December 23, 2010.