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To most of us, Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are just the latest in gaming technology. The kind of gadget reserved for getting terrified from zombies in your living room or feeling like you’re really skiing down a massive mountain. It’s just not the kind of product that would suggest a sleeping aid. Yet there’s a new VR attachment that claims to do just that – get you to sleep and reduce your anxiety levels.

The accessory itself is called Kortex and it attaches on to the VR headset’s strap. Here it stimulates our brain into producing more endorphins such as melatonin for a good night’s sleep and serotonin, which helps with mood balance. The stimulation will also help lower the level of cortisol, which is the body’s stress hormone. Which, all combined, should help you to sleep better and feel better mentally too.

VR-Headset.pngProduced by Fisher Wallace, the device works by using low doses – no more than 2mA – of pulsed alternating currents, and it’s these that will stimulate your brain. These doses are low enough that most people will feel nothing, although some people might feel a slight tickling or tingling. But when do you use it?

Well the device itself clips onto your VR headset – it works with VR headsets such as Samsung Gear VR, the ZEISS VR ONE Plus and the Google Daydream VR – at the side of your head around the temple. The makers suggest using the device at least once or twice a day for around 20 minutes while you’re playing with your VR headset. It’s thought that after just 10 minutes you’ll already be feeling much more relaxed. The Kortex also comes with a game, Land’s End, already installed.

Of course, purchasing a VR headset and a Kortex is a very expensive solution to your sleeping woes – indeed the Kortex itself will cost you around £250 when it gets released this summer. Unless you’re a great collector of gadgets, you might want to explore other means to improve your sleep first.

Sleep trouble can arise from several factors including health, stress and even the condition of your bed at night. Before resorting to expensive gadgets, you should try to find the cause of your sleep problems first.

Before doing anything look at your bed and mattress. Your bed is possibly the most important piece of furniture you own. After all, we spend nearly a third of our lives in bed.

Do you feel tired without over exerting yourself? Perhaps the reason is your mattress is causing you poor quality of sleep.

So what are the tell tale signs that your bed and mattress needs replacing:

Typically, most mattresses will need replacing after 7 to 10 years’ use. There are of course exceptions to this. Our experience, when asking customers how old their bed is, is that they are years out. They invariably believe their bed or mattress is several years younger than it is. Tip - write the date of purchase on the mattress label.

If your mattress feels and looks lumpy and is plain uncomfortable, you need a new one. Is the mattress tick starting to fray and show signs of wear? Can you feel or see the springs through the cushioning?

old-mattress.pngIf you experience poor quality sleep and are woken throughout the night with aches and pains or wake up in the morning feeling achy, it’s fairly obvious your current mattress is not doing its job.

Do you come back from staying at friends or relatives, or have you been on holiday and return feeling rejuvenated?  You feel like you’ve had the best night’s sleep for a very long time. If so, it’s seriously time for change.

Changes of circumstance necessitate new beds. Just married? You might need to upgrade from a double to king size. If you have children, you might need to consider a super king size bed. Generally, in terms of bedding big is better. The more individual space you have will certainly improve sleep quality.

And don’t forget that as children grow, they will outgrow their beds.

There are hundreds of different mattresses out there. Do your research and find a mattress that works for your body. For the best selection and advice visit the Big Brand Beds showroom in Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0AD.

We have a great range of sprung mattresses, pocket sprung mattresses and memory foam mattresses to view online today.

Of course, it might be something else that’s contributing to your bad night’s sleep. You should also look at your health and daily habits. Being overweight, eating late and drinking alcohol regularly can all lead to interrupted sleep. As can using technology before bed as it interrupts your melatonin levels.

Try to look at your personal situation first to improve your sleep. If nothing seems to work, try contacting your GP as it may be an underlying health problem. 

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