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Invest in Your Rest with Your Tax Rebate

This Year Invest Your Tax Refund In A New Mattress

The average tax refund in 2016 is expected to be $2,900. If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans anticipating a refund in the coming weeks, let me suggest an investment that can actually improve your quality of life; this tax season, invest in your rest.

The research is clear and extensive: sleep is critical to good health. Research has shown that healthy sleep habits have benefits for diet and nutrition, weight loss, energy level, skin condition, heart health and much more. Obviously, a good quality mattress is an important part of getting a good night's sleep.

Signs You Need To Get A New Mattress

We recommend purchasing a new mattress if:

  • You wake up with aches and pains that dissipate throughout the day.
  • Your arms or shoulders fall asleep throughout the night, or you wake up tossing and turning.
  • Your mattress shows visible signs of wear and tear, such as sagging or the sides breaking down.
  • You feel the coils when lying on your bed.
  • You hear noises/creaks on your mattress when moving around.
  • You roll toward the middle of the bed at night, or you easily roll off the edge of the bed.
  • No matter what the temperature in your bedroom, you always seem to feel too hot in bed.
  • Your mattress is more than 8 years old -check the tag to determine the age of your mattress.
  • You've outgrown your current mattress size or are in need of a larger one.

(Tip: If you're an expecting parent, check out these tips to sleep for pregnant mothers!).

Use The Mattress Budget Equation To Know How Much To Spend

Budget is an important part of the mattress purchase decision. With a newly deposited tax refund, this could be your season. Remember, this is an investment in your quality of life, your health and your well-being. You are worth it!

1 Day's Salary X 8 Working Days = Budget For Your Mattress

The higher the quality, the better the comfort, support and durability. However, it's important to choose a model that suits your needs and your pocketbook. We recommend the "8 days of pay for 8 years" model: Take one day's pay and multiply it by 8. That's how much you should spend on a mattress. (And with Memorial Day sales coming up, the timing is right.)

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Mattress Firm Sleep Consultants Work Within Your Budget

Your sleep consultant at Mattress Firm will work within your budget to find the right mattress for you, from length to width to firmness to adjustability. We take pride in helping our customers sleep better so they can live better.

A new mattress can't do the job alone. Practicing the habits of good sleep hygiene - and sticking to them - will ensure that you will get good sleep every night. It's time to invest in your rest.

Invest In Your Bedtime Routine

A bedtime routine is a series of quiet, calming activities that are performed in the same way and at the same time every night leading up to bedtime. Activities like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, listening to calming music, or reading are all great ways to prepare yourself for a good night's sleep.

You'll want to avoid bright lights during and after your routine, including light from televisions, smartphones and computers. Avoid excessive physical activity before bed as well.

Invest In Your Sleep Schedule

For adults, a full night's sleep is typically between seven and nine hours, but everyone is different. So, how do you figure out how much sleep is best for you? If you don't have any other sleep problems (e.g., sleep apnea), you should wake up feeling refreshed in the morning after a full night of sleep. If you have to drag yourself out of bed or need coffee to stay awake, you may be experiencing sleep deprivation.

Invest In A Comfortable Sleep Environment

A comfortable, quiet sleep environment is something that is often taken for granted. Excessive noise, warmer room temperatures, or an old, uncomfortable bed can all prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Noisy roommates? Consider using ear plugs. Can't find the right temperature for your room? Try keeping the room temperature on the cool side (low 70s Fahrenheit) with a light blanket. And if your mattress is old and worn, it may be time to find a replacement.

Invest In Your Sleep Health

Substances like caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can all be sleep disruptors and should be avoided around bedtime. Many medications can cause insomnia, and common medical disorders like allergies, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, heartburn, and other aches and pains can also disrupt sleep. Check with your doctor to determine if a medical problem or a medication may be the cause of your sleep issues.

Invest In Your Sleep Sanctuary

Don't spend excessive time in your bed doing work or watching TV. The bed should be reserved for sleep. You want to condition your mind to think about sleep when you walk into your bedroom, not about the latest assignment from work.

Whether or not it's time for a new mattress, be sure to invest in your rest this tax season and beyond. You will be glad you did, every morning for years to come.

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