One Third Of Your Life

by Randy Murray on July 4, 2012

You spend a full third of your life in bed.

Or you should.

Sleep and rest are vital, critical parts of a peak performing life. I frequently fall short of my full third and I almost always regret it. I feel better, perform better, when I sleep fully and well.

It is with this in mind that I implore you to carefully consider your sleep technologies.

We of the internet debate computers and tablets and phones ad infinitum. We devote sites, blogs, entire movements to the best way to acquire, configure, and use these devices. But we spend very little space and time talking about the technology that we use the most: beds, mattresses, and bedding.

The mattress is the key. Think for a moment about how much you’ve spent on your current computer equipment (twenty years ago I would have asked about stereo equipment). Did you spend half that much on a mattress? A third?

What are you sleeping on?

Here are a few things to think about:

  • A mattress has a shelf life. Used daily, it becomes a collecting sponge of body sweat, skin, and dust, often doubling or tripling its weight. Most should be replaced every ten years, twenty for some of the newer high tech mattresses.
  • A good mattress will support your body and allow you to rest and heal. Too hard, too soft, or sagging mattresses contribute to aches, pains, and breathing problems.
  • The mattress that you sleep on is probably seriously outdated technologically. New materials and manufacturing methods apply to mattresses as well as electronics. And wait until you try an adjustable bed! They’re not just for hospitals anymore.
  • Flat isn’t the only way to sleep.

We just purchase a new bed and mattress. I’ll offer a review after I’ve slept on it a few more weeks. What I can tell you is this: it’s heavenly. And the new adjustable platform makes it better than a recliner to watch TV or read in bed.

Is it time for you to reconsider your sleep tech?

The One Third Of Your Life by Randy Murray, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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