Think about climbing into bed after a long hard day’s worth of work, study, or other business. There’s nothing quite like it. Fresh sheets, comfortable pillows, a good book and a nice big cup of Milo. Ah, you can almost imagine yourself there now, can’t you? Sleep is so important for so many things that it can’t be overstated. However, did you know that the quality of your mattress can directly impact your quality of sleep? Let’s take a closer look.
Poor Quality Mattresses
Regardless of whether you purchased your mattresses online or in a store, it’s important that you get one that works to your sleep needs. To start with, a bad mattress is difficult to get comfortable on, meaning that you’re likely to spend too much time tossing and turning and trying to make it bearable before drifting off into that restorative sleep that we all need.
Secondly, sleeping on a bad mattress can cause all sorts of pain conditions – from neck pain to shoulder and back pain. This makes getting through the day more tough, only to return to the source of the discomfort when you settle down for the night!
A Great Mattress Helps You Relax
Science is great, right? You trust it? Then believe us when we say that science tested the impacts of different quality mattresses on back pain, sleep quality and stress levels and found that a good quality, medium-firm mattress provided improvements in all three areas! The less stressed you are, the less likely you are to develop chronic health conditions down the line, including high-blood pressure and heart disease.
My Allergies Are Playing Up!
Yes, you could be allergic to your mattress. Dust mites can settle in your bedding and wreck all sorts of havoc with your respiratory system, especially if you’re already susceptible to asthma or other breathing conditions. You can buy hypoallergenic mattresses, or invest in some mattress protectors that help with these conditions. Also, frequent washing of linen in hot water will help, too. Not to mention that you need to be able to breathe easy to drift off to sleep at night.
Is your mattress too soft? A mattress that is too soft offers poor sleep ergonomics, meaning that your quality of sleep with be negatively impacted. Although you may get to sleep okay, your deep sleep cycle, where you get rejuvenated and restored, will suffer meaning that you may end up sleepwalking through your waking state and losing productivity and efficiency.
Unfortunately, the same thing applies to a mattress that is just too hard. Your sleep will suffer and so will your waking hours. This is especially true for those that prefer to sleep on their side, as an overly hard mattress will not adapt to the contours of your body. This forces your body to conform to your mattress, as opposed to the mattress conforming to you.
Try and Test
The points above are why it’s always suggested to try and test any mattress that you want to buy. Spend a good half an hour laying on it in the store and see how you feel afterward. You want to feel comfortable, yet supported. Luckily, if you’re buying online, many vendors offer a three-month money back guarantee. Also, read some reviews if you’re buying online.
To Sum it Up
A poor-quality mattress that is either too hard or too soft will impact your sleep ergonomics, which in turn will impact how you operate in your waking hours. Bad mattresses can cause pain conditions, while a great quality mattress will you help unwind and relax and be ready for that next busy day. Be careful if you suffer from allergies, and try and test a new mattress before you commit to buying one. After all, you’ll spend a third of your life on it!