How much is a good night’s sleep worth? More importantly have you ever wondered how many years you’ll spend laying in bed over the course of your lifetime?
According to an article published on MSN.com 30 surprising facts about how we spend our time over an average lifespan of 75 years you’ll have lost 26 years of our life sleeping.
Having 26 years of relaxation seems like something Buddhist and Yogi’s would be all about. Do you remember the last time you really got restful, REM sleep?
REM cycles occur in burst of 90-120 minutes throughout the night, which accounts for about 25% of total sleep time in adult humans.
Do you fit into any of these categories when trying to get to sleep?
I try force myself to sleep.
Take sleeping pills.
Do something relaxing like reading.
Work or surf the internet.
Find out how to get better sleep, more REM and more relaxation below !!
Lack of sleep is something moms talk about at the school gates, businessmen won’t admit in boardrooms, and college students take for granted. But what if you could wave a magic wand and get the perfect amount, every night? You’d do it, right?
When it comes to injury recovering and prevention most people know about the benefits of Yoga, how keeping your mind-body and spirit strong are crucial for recovering for injuries as is eating healthy foods that help your body heal.
What if there was another trick, or lifehack that would actual speed up your recovery while cutting down on injuries?
Enter the world of performance bedding.
Ask yourself a few of the following questions and if the answer is Yes, you most likely will benefit from a bed designed for athletes:
Do you like to sleep on your side?
Do you have a bad back?
Does your mattress sag?
Have you rented a furnished place in a ski town with a bed already in place?
Nolah Mattress Review
Knock, Knock goes the UPS driver and alas my new bed has arrived. However one thing has me a bit concerned though, the box is the size of a water heater if not smaller?
How on earth is a performance bed hiding inside this tiny box, and a Queen size at that? I dragged the box upstairs (best with 2 people) and then started the unpacking.
Once out of the cardboard I got my first look at the “mattress’ that had been rolled up into a tight package, just like how you would roll a sleeping bag for a camping trip.
I cut the plastic away from the Nolah Mattress and instantly, almost magically the bed started to take shape.
Within a few minutes the form was there and I though how on earth did this bed go from being stuffed inside a cardboard box to a 3 layer foam bed this quickly. More importantly was it actually going to be comfortable?
Perhaps you’ve heard of memory foam before or maybe pressure relief bedding however the Nolah Mattress company has taken comfort a step farther with the introduction of the Nolah AirFoam™.
Each Nolah mattress is designed to offer maximized cooling and pressure relief that sleeps cooler than memory foam with decreased pressure transfer from the mattress through your back, shoulders and hips.
Honestly, everyone should try one of these beds and I’m not saying that because they sent me one to test, instead I want to talk about how much my life and sleep cycles have changed for the better since unpacking my Nola Mattress.
Let’s just say the first few times you sink into a Nolah bed, it will be heavenly, a feeling that I can guarantee you have never experienced with another bed before.
Nolah is the gift that keeps on giving as not only is the bed super comfortable and supportive it’s actually working directly with your body to find YOUR perfect nights sleep.
Over the past few months my entire sleep patterns have changed for the better.
* I’m actually sleeping in long blocks throughout the night. In the past I would wake up a half dozen times or more. Now I’m sleeping much better and only waking up a couple times a night. (usually to eat and pee)
* I have stopped waking up with a sore back thanks to my Nolah Mattress, and actually as I type this and think about the old bed I had been using, there’s no amount of money you could pay me to go back to a traditional worn out mattress.
* I wake up feeling refreshed.
It takes me all of a half a second to drift off to sleep on a Nolah Mattress, there is no more tossing and turning trying to find that “sweet spot” on the bed, its exactly where you are, however you’re positioned it’s always the perfect nights sleep. That’s what makes these mattresses so incredibly unique.
I was introduced to Nolah via the companies commitment to protecting wildlife. You may be thinking what?
Nolah has teamed up with Defenders of Wildlife to adopt an animal for every Nolah mattress sold. When you buy a mattress you’ll receive an official adoption certificate for your chosen animal, I picked the wolf and have my certificate proudly displayed on the refrigerator.
Talk about giving back and feeling good while getting a great nights sleep. Win-win.
How does free shipping sound to have the mattress delivered to your home?
Or what about a 120 day trail period?
Nolah is onto something here…
They will send you a bed, and if you don’t like it return it and get you money back. The catch is you’re going to LOVE this bed and it won’t ever be returned. Most likely the companies return rate is slim to none.
These mattress are designed for side sleepers and for people that run hot. So if you always sleep on your back the mattress may feel a little soft.
I have yet to experience the sleeping on the mattress when temperatures are below freezing outside, however on hot days and nights the cooling comfort that mattress offers = a really restful sleep without much moving around.
Once you lock into place you may wake up in the same position, the mattress is that good.
Nolah Mattress Pricing
The mattress ranges in size and price:
Twin – $519
Full – $749
Queen – $849
King – $949
California King – $949
$75.00 OFF COUPON CODE – MOUNTAIN
Now that your performance mattress has been dialed in its time to talk about sheets, performance sheets specifically. The days of heading to your local big box store to pickup quality sheets are long gone, especially for anyone that values a good nights sleep.
While researching performance sheet manufactures two brands jumped out from the competition, SHEEX and SOL Organics.
Why are performance sheets important? Or better yet why can’t I just order a set of 1,000 thread count sheets and call it a done deal?
It turns out when you buy sheets with a higher thread count they actually trap more heat. Marketing and gimmicks aside the the perfect thread count is actually right around 300 with a max at 370.
SHEEX Performance Sheet Set Review
Have you ever heard of Under Armour before? We’ve revived a bunch of there gear in the past so when a box of SHEEX Performance Sheets arrived at the office something looked and felt very familiar with the material.
It turns out SHEEX founders Michelle Brooke-Marciniak and Susan Walvius were working as basketball coaches at the University of South Carolina when a brilliant idea came to mind. Why not make a set of sheets that felt like their teams favorite comfortable, breathable, loose fitting athletic workout clothing.
And with that SHEEX was born.
SHEEX is based in South Carolina, so for a brand to be making sheets in a very humid part of the country they better work wonders, and they do. Sleeping on a set of SHEEX Performance Sheets is unlike any sleep experience I have ever experienced and here’s why:
The silky feeling these sheets offer makes me want to spend more time in bed. Remember when you were a kid and you had a favorite blanky, well that’s how I feel about these sheets. They offer just enough warmth, just enough cooling, and are just about perfect.
Another really cool feature of these sheets is how they look out of the washer/dryer. 100% perfect and ready to be draped across your bed. I used the word draped as I have yet to tuck the top sheet in, it looks amazing hanging off the bed and comes out wrinkle free every single time.
The only problem I had with these sheets came for user error. Turns out grape seed oil works amazing for massages, however not so amazing on polyester – spandex sheets.
Twin – $159
Full – $169
Queen – $179
King – $199
Split King – $229
SOL Organics Hemmed Sheets Review
Have you ever dreamed of what it would be like to sleep in a private cabana overlooking the ocean on a small island in the South Pacific? Or perhaps you have spent time at luxurious resort in a warm locale and experience the benefits of organic cotton sheets.
Now you can bring that magic home with you via a set of SOL Organics Hemmed sheets.
Some sheets feel perfectly soft out of the box, however after time and a few wash cycles they can loose that soft feel. SOL Organics is actually the other way around, when I first got the sheets to test I was told to run them through the washer and dryer a few times.
After a few times washing and drying the Hemmed Sheets they were ready to be put on the bed. The pure cotton organic material and feeling was very noticeable from the first second I crawled into these sheets, and surprisingly the wrinkles had all but dispersed making for a very smooth sleeping surface.
SOL stands for Sustained Organic Living, and the company actually stands behind their name. SOL Organics uses Fair Trade Certified organic cotton, non GMO seeds and donated $7.50 from every sheet set sold to the charity you nominate.
Clearly the company has a positive message and is giving back. However I wouldn’t buy something on that alone.
SOL Organics Hemmed Sheets would be best fit for someone living in a warm climate. Better yet if you own a hotel, luxury resort or just want to pamper anyone staying in your guest room, a set of SOL Organics Sheets are a must have.
These sheets are some of the best value that money can buy. My advise is to order a second set so you can always have fresh cool sheets available.
SOL Organics Hemmed Sheets Pricing
Twin – $109
Full – $149
Queen – $159
King – $169
CA King – $179
Hopefully this article has shown you why performance bedding for athletes works. Bedding is easily one of the most overlooked tools in our mountain adventure, beach surf lifestyle quiver. If you play hard, you should sleep well and allow your body the time it needs to heal and recover while you dream up your next adventures or re-live the days highlight real in your mind.
Nolah Matress, SHEEX Perormance Sheets and SOL Organics all provided beds and bedding for this article. I use them daily!!