International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 56 - Page 65

DUX has blended the science of sleep with advanced technology to achieve the ultimate bed for rest and recovery that can offer up to an extra 10% more deep sleep. A mattress that is too soft forces the spine into a hammock-like position, whereas one that is too firm puts the spine at an awkward angle, creates uncomfortable pressure points and inhibits circulation. By contrast, DUX beds are based on rigorous scientific research and continual testing to create the optimum balance of comfort and support. In sleep quality tests, scientists recorded electrical brain activity via EEG readings when sleeping on a DUX bed and comparable models. Those in a DUX bed reached deep sleep faster and remained there for approximately an extra hour longer each night. Stressful busy lives can affect sleep patterns, but the benefits of sleep should not be underestimated say the experts at DUX. With over 80 years experience in the science of sleep, they have come up with ten top tips for deeper, better sleep. Some refreshing ways to destress bedtime and improve your sleep environment include: • Remind yourself that sleep is not a guilty pleasure, it’s vital to good health and wellbeing • Avoid caffeine and keep alcohol to a minimum as bedtime approaches • Maintain a balanced diet – fluctuating blood sugar levels can trigger early waking • Light candles or spray an aromatherapy mist – lavender is especially soothing • Set a regular bedtime and try to stick to it, even at weekends • Darken the room to help your body produce more melatonin, the sleep hormone • Replace tired out-of-shape pillows with ones that fully support your head • Lie on your back and practice some simple meditation exercises: breathe deeply in and out and concentrate on your hands slowly rising and falling on your abdomen, then visualise your body relaxing, bit by bit from the tips of your toes to the top of your head • Keep a notepad by your bed to jot down any anxieties and deal with them tomorrow – keep worries away from the bedroom • Invest in the best bed you can afford – you will spend a third of your life here, so it’s well worth finding one that’s just right for you.