How much sleep do you usually get?
If you're like many Americans it probably isn't enough.
In this edition of health matters --Dr. David tells us the secret to getting more sleep may be getting rid of your tired old mattress.
I struggled to get a good night's rest for years. Finally a sleep study diagnosed serious sleep apnea. My CPAP mask now insures I wake up each morning feeling refreshed.
But a recent study confirmed that as many as one third of us aren't so lucky. They aren't getting the bare minimum of seven quality hours a night. Many people are lying awake simply because of what they're lying on... a lousy mattress.
"Actually lie down on it and put your feet up on it."
Stan Goodman has been helping customers find the right mattress for almost three decades.
"You've got to have good support and you've got to have proper blood flow. If you omit either of those two things the body won't rest well at night," says Stan Goodman from America's Mattress
Thanks to today's innovative designs good support doesn't mean you have to feel like you're sleeping on the floor.
"People have the idea that if a bed is not rock hard it's not good for you. that's totally incorrect," Goodman adds.
Quality Mattresses offer plenty of support no matter the firmness.As for maximizing blood flow, Goodman recommends a 15 minute test drive.
"You start to feel the shoulders hurting and the hands going numb... the hip stinging that means it's too firm for you."
Lack of sleep can lead to a myriad of health problems. heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, memory loss, and a variety of psychological issues.
"Nothing else in your home will affect your health as much as your mattress set will."
And when you get it home rotate it 180 degrees every six months, the support and comfort will last longer. Think of all this as an investment in your health. If you're sick of being tired all the time why not ditch your tired old mattress instead. I promise you'll feel better in the morning.