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BED. . a place where most of us spend more than 1/3rd* of our lives – most of us never give a thought on how one should sleep, how comfortable the Bed needs to be, it’s size, height, density, all are mostly ignored.

*Note: 1/3rd = average sleep/laying time, in a life span of 50-60 years;

Sleep is that period of time, when the body is given time to rejuvenate, to try and cope of what was lost during the day’s work; according to a Japanese Scientist – during the sleep, the body is almost dead – so more no. of hours that one sleeps, one’s life span increases – well this may be a myth – but the fact remains, Sleep is very important and thus what you sleep on becomes one of the Most Important factors;
How a Bed needs to be, is completely dependant on specific individual(s), using the Bed, however general guidelines shall make sure you sleep well, and wake-up healthier;

Listed below, are just a few points, worth consideration, while buying Beds or getting them manufactured:
1. SIZE: Most Important factor – make sure the Bed is of right size – if one is taller than an average human – he/she should not feel shy (out of place) to ask for a longer bed – this should be as simple as asking your tailor to keep the trouser length longer; if the Bed is Not long enough – one may either end-up sleeping with folded legs, which will disturb the Blood flow to the end of the toe, due to bent knees – or one may get a sprain in the neck, in order to keep the legs straight;
2. WIDTH: Suite yourself – like the length, this too is one of the important aspects – especially when it’s about two people sleeping on a bed – be it a couple or siblings or anyone for that matter – if the Bed is too narrow – one may enter into a mid—night argument on “how much space, you occupy”. Contrarily, if the Bed is too wide – especially for married couples – this may be one of the reasons, for lack of communication; on an average, a person requires a dimension which is equal to one and half times of one’s body width – this allows one to sleep flat and/or turn sideways comfortably;
3. HEIGHT: Not a primary factor, yet height of the bed plays a good role on how you feel while sleeping or how you wake up; a low height bed may look very trendy, but may cause a disturbed sleep due to height ceiling above – a Tall sleeping height, is good for sleep, however if one, by any chance, falls off the bed – chances of injuries are higher; an optimum height for a bed (including the mattress) is 450-500mm (18”-20”); having said the above, it is worth noting that, a low height bed is good for a bedroom with lower height;
4. Choice of Mattress: This choice shall decide on how you would spend rest of your day – a mattress that spoils one’s posture while sleeping, may give a back-ache for the day or a permanent issue; select a Mattress which is not too soft (sink-in types) – these type of mattresses may give one a very bouncy and exciting feel (the Tuck-in type) – however shall spoil the back posture by making one sleep in an concave position; again a too hard mattress will not be comfortable and may give you sleep deprivation; there is no norm for this, but one needs to select what best suits him/her; few countries like India use Woollen Mattresses, which are very healthy – however need revamping every year – while coir mattresses are unhealthy and may attract bed-bugs – however artificial fibre mattress from a good brand is sure to be ergonomically designed;
5. Pillow: similar to Mattress, the Pillow too needs to be of one’s choice – a huge variety of pillows are available – from the one made of Feather to woollen – soft tuck-inn types to hard-rock types – ergonomic ones to specially designed ones – pillows which support the neck & spine well and give comfort to the ears & head should be suitable; some people also use two pillows for their comfort adjustment;
6. Material: Coming back to Beds – one needs to make sure that his/her bed is made to last – available in market, are beds, which look very attractive (in looks & price) however may last only for couple of years; then there are beds which start Squeaking in few months; also beds which are very sturdy (made of Metal) however aesthetically do not give the warmth, one requires, one his/her way to bed; olden days Beds used to be made of Wood – with great workmanship and high quality Joinery – keeping them user friendly, attractive, sturdy and long lasting – today one may still opt for a bed which is made with wooden frame (carcass) with a finishing surface of choice – since a Good Wooden Bed is hard to find and may ‘Bore A Hole’ in the pocket;
7. Have you heard, your parent’s (or may be Grand Parents) wishing you “Sleep Tight”, when you go to sleep – ever wondered what they meant? Well, very few of us know that ancient times, Beds use to have Poles on all four corners, with strings attached to them – this was done to make sure that the Bed covers are kept stretched and Tight, when one goes to sleep – by pulling the strings one would adjust the tension on the bed sheet; this would make one sleep ‘Tight’;
8. There were those beds, too available, which had a Net around it – suspended from the top-centre – this was done for a Collapsible Net – not only keep privacy, but to make sure that the mosquitoes away;
9. Placement: the Bed needs to be placed on a stable surface, like the floor – do not go for beds with castors as a permanent solution – this may cause a nuisance, in case of any activity on the bed, which requires a lot of moving or shaking; also one must make sure that all legs are levelled well – one would not prefer a diagonally rocking bed – which is also noisy; use of PVC Buffers shall take care of the undulations on the floor;
10. Avoid Beds with Sharp Corners – remember that there are chances of hurting yourself or your loved ones, during a visit to the washroom in deep sleep;
11. Also avoid any type of gimmicks to the beds – a designer Bed with a poking headrest – may look very good but will discourage sitting posture; a bed with a cantilevered edge, will disturb the seating position, especially when one just wakes up – plus this again just ads to looks and doesn’t serve any purpose;
12. Beds with back lights are a good idea – not just for aesthetics – but for possible reading-before-sleep;
13. Beds lit at the edge below – too create good mood (if lit not Too Bright) and also act as a foot light;
14. Shape: Last but not least, Round & Oval Beds look very good but then need to be large enough to be used – i.e. circumscribed around the needed rectangular space;

The above list may be long but is yet not exhaustive – H3 Synergy has put in a lot of research, so a to provide a simple guideline to a layman – one may add to our ideas and knowledge, by commenting on personal experiences and feedbacks;
Never the less, H3 Synergy hopes the information makes a healthier difference in your life – watch this space for more – until then “Sleep Well”

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