Mattress No Longer Relegated To Bottom Of Shopping List

Updated: Feb 17

DrLullaby's founder, Lisa Medalie, PsyD, DBSM is a guest on this NPR talk/article, giving tips to try for a good night's sleep before going out to buy a new mattress.

But for Dr. Lisa Medalie, who works at the University of Chicago's Sleep Disorders Center, a new mattress is pretty low on her recommendations for her patients.

"I kind of go with, if it ain't broke don't fix it," she says.

If a mattress is uncomfortable, she says replacing it can lead to a better night's sleep and hunting for a mattress with adequate support makes sense.

Often, however, she says there are other ways to find that elusive restful night. She says try these tips first:

  • Avoid heavy and spicy foods three hours before bedtime.

  • Exercising regularly can help with sleep, but avoid exercising within three hours of sleep.

  • Cut off caffeine eight hours before sleep.

  • Turn off electronic devices an hour before bed.

  • Keep the bedroom temperature low.

  • Use white noise to cut down on ambient room noise.

  • If it's taking 30 minutes or more to fall asleep several times a week for months, consider visiting a sleep clinic.