One of the most common questions patients and reporters ask me is, “What is the best mattress for sleeping?” To me, this question is as helpful and meaningful as, “What car is the best for driving?” A mattress, like a car, is a fairly complex and personal decision. Buyers for both should carefully consider what their needs are and whether or not their product checks the right boxes.
For me, the Tanda Complete Cool mattress checks a lot of boxes. And speaking of boxes, the mattress arrived in a box that seemed impossibly small. I’ve never transported and set up a mattress so easily. Opening up the vacuum-sealed package was like growing my own mattress as it slowly enlarged and assumed its shape.
Aesthetically, the mattress was very sleek and clean looking and had the appearance of being well constructed. As I set it up and threw on some linens (Dri-Tech performance sheets), it was immediately evident that the mattress felt cooler than a standard mattress…much cooler. Having spent some time on memory foam mattresses, cool was unexpected as memory foam mattresses have a tendency to feel quite warm. Tanda’s product combines latex and memory foam properites to create a soft, conforming surface that does not have the marshmallow feel of traditional memory foam.
Most surprising to me was the prolonged feeling of cool I got from the bed. I incorrectly assumed that as the night went on, the cooling effects of the bed would be lost. While this may have had something to do with the bedding I used, I suspect much of the effect came from the mattress. The bed does not transfer movement so cosleepers will be happy. The bed is soft enough for individuals struggling with orthopedic pain to feel supported without the bed causing pressure points for side sleepers.
My thirteen year-old son who always feels hot at night immediately felt more comfortable on this mattress than his traditional box spring. This was evident the first night he tried it out and awoke with his covers still on and in tact.
For the cost, my only concern would be longevity/durability which I have no way of being able to quickly evaluate. Also more information about the sourcing of the materials and hypoallergenic status would be helpful. Otherwise, I am very impressed with the product, so much so that as my daughter moves into her first college apartment, I will absolutely look to acquire her a Tanda bed for her; college is hard and I think sleeping on this mattress will make things that much easier!
Dr. W. Chris Winter, MD
It’s no secret that the New Year starter pack almost always includes a gym membership, eating healthy, learning something new, and spending more time with family. However, as healthy sleep habits are quickly gaining notoriety, shouldn’t sleep be included in a list of New Year’s resolutions?
Sleep is important for a number of reasons. Along with feeling refreshed and well rested, sleep can actually account for keeping the body healthy and alert. It is said that someone can go three times as long without food as they can without sleep . If you wouldn’t starve yourself, you also shouldn’t neglect your body’s natural need for sleep. Lack of sleep can make reaction times slower as well as impair alertness and concentration. Sleep deprivation can also lead to serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If that wasn’t enough, lack of sleep can also make you crave sweets and actually gain weight.
However, in a busy world of balancing work and home, it is difficult to get those well rested 8 hours. Some tips to a more rested sleep include, removing electronics from the bedroom, taking 30 minutes to relax and unwind before bed, making comfort a priority with Tanda , and hoping in bed a bit earlier than usual so that your body can have the time it needs to repair itself after a tiring day.
So let’s add sleep to our New Year’s resolutions!
It’s that time of year where the smallest change in the weather can cause you to have those dreaded seasonal allergies. With reports of longer pollen seasons, allergy sufferers are having a hard time getting to sleep, especially in the spring, whereas in the fall there is ragweed and mold, and in the winter, those pesty dust mites.
What is a person suffering from these allergies to do in order to get some sleep? We have some solutions for you.
Go Hazmat on Your Room
No we don’t mean go about it like it is a radiation hot spot but deep cleaning your bedroom, where allergens like to hide out, is a great place to start.
- Vacuum all the carpets & upholstery, a HEPA vacuum cleaner will help to do the trick
- A HEPA air purifier will help to remove dust particles floating around your room
- Those stuffed animals you had since you were a kid, they need to be washed just like your sheets
- Speaking of sheets, your curtains and bedding need to be washed in 130°+ in order to kill dust mites
Give Your Bud a Bath—a lot
Those cute little pets you have can be walking allergen collectors, especially their fur, from when they are on their walks, playing outside, or just lazing about in the grass. Giving your pets frequent baths helps to reduce how much allergen collects in their fur. Another useful tip, have your pet sleep outside of the bedroom—as hard as this might be, it might help make sleeping easier during your seasonal allergies.
Say No to Sleep Meds
While they might help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep, unless specifically prescribed or told to take by a doctor, can lead to a sleep that isn’t all that great. So instead of reaching for that over-the-counter sleep aid, try our other tips instead.
Have any other tips for allergen sufferers out there? Let us know in the comments below.
- Heart Health
Sleep is directly compatible with a healthy heart. Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones in the body. This leads to an overworked heart sometimes resulting in high blood pressure or even heart attacks.
- Keeps You Thin
It’s true, sleeping well regularly can keep the pounds off. Sleeplessness increases appetite and depresses the feeling of being full. Lack of sleep can also make it difficult to say no to junk food.
- Mood Boost
Not sleeping enough can leave you feeling stressed or frustrated. Long term effects on mood include depression, lower self-esteem, and increased anxiety.
- Increased Productivity & Focus
Getting a good night’s sleep increases short-term memory in adults. Adequate sleep is directly correlated to an improved skill set as well as higher test scores and improved attendance. It makes sense, if sleeping less lowers your immune system and makes you irritable, it may be more difficult to focus and be productive.
- Improves Relationships
Not getting enough sleep lowers libido. But aside from that, lack of sleep makes you more emotional and amplifies negative emotions making it harder to maintain positive relationships.
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