Guest blogger, co-owner Chris Chamberlin
Originally published June 2009
According to The National Sleep Foundation, experts recommend a range of seven to nine hours of sleep for the average adult. However, as anyone over fifty will tell you, older people wake more frequently through the night. Yet our nightly sleep requirement remains the same regardless of age. Nights of interrupted sleep can result in sleep deprivation, which can lead to physical and psychological problems.
Naps planned as part of a regular daily routine can be useful in promoting wakefulness and make up the sleep debt caused by a restless night.
No time for naps? Consider changing your mattress. Sore hips, shoulders, and back pain can be caused by an uncomfortable or worn-out mattress. A new mattress, preferably an organic mattress made with 100% natural latex, can relieve pressure points and help you get more deep REM sleep.
Chris Chamberlin is co-founder of The Clean Bedroom and a freelance writer. She has numerous articles published on www.organic.org and other media outlets focused on organic bedroom furnishings and green living.