When it comes to maintaining good health, there’s a plethora of articles and guides out there about the right foods, the right vitamins, the right stretches, etc… but there’s one thing that many of them forget to mention – and that’s sleeping on the right mattress.
Your mattress plays a huge part in helping you get more sleep. A great mattress carries several benefits: from helping you drop off at night, to properly aligning your spine in order to prevent injury, etc…If you have the wrong mattress you could actually be doing your body some serious damage. Think about it – you spend around 8 hours a day asleep – that works out to about a third of your lifetime!
As you can see, the benefits of getting the right mattress are clear to see – so with that in mind here are few things you need to think about before you close your eyes and go to sleep tonight.
Sleep is essential
How many hours of sleep do you get each night? Some of us need 10 hours, some just four or five, but most health experts say we need around 7-8 hours of sleep daily. As such, when searching for a mattress, it’s a case of finding one to fit your use. There is no one type of mattress or bed that works well for everyone – it’s all a matter of preference. What works well for one person may not work well for others. Your first step in choosing a mattress should be to visit the store and try it out for yourself – wear thin clothing like your tracksuit to get a real feel for it, and try several sleeping positions.
There are two main factors which go into making up a good-quality mattress – support and comfort. Support is the inside workings of the mattress such as coils and springs. There should be enough coils and springs inside the mattress, to provide adequate support and allow for the natural curves of your spine. Comfort is the padding on the top of the mattress itself – it can be thick or thin. When you go to the store bear this in mind – press down on it and see how easy it is to feel the inside support.
In general, a firm mattress gives your spine more support. This is because, as your spine is curved, a firm mattress provides support at all points and keeps it in the same body position as if you were standing straight. This is known as ‘pocket springing’ – a good example of these types are dreamworld mattresses. However, if the mattress is too hard, it can cause aches and pains in pressure points such as your hips. If you prefer to sleep on your side you may also feel more sensitive to a firmer mattress.
Memory foam mattresses are designed to relieve pressure on painful joints, but are usually more expensive than firm mattresses. This is because they are made of a padding material that molds to your body. However, as they are affected by temperature (it molds to your shape as it warms up) it can make it difficult to move and you may feel hot in summer. Yet they can be perfect for people who suffer from poor circulation. A good example of these type are myers mattresses.
If you are buying a memory foam mattress, relax into one position and then move into another. How easy was it to do? Was it easy or did you struggle? You don’t want to feel trapped at night as your sleep will suffer terribly – particularly in the winter when the memory foam will be harder.
Coil mattresses are the cheapest type of mattresses. Made up of individual springs, they move as one – giving your body a universal support from head to toe. The higher the coil count, the firmer your mattresses will be. However, if you sleep with your partner, you are more likely to be disturbed if they tend to move around at night. As these coils wear out more quickly than pocket springs these mattresses can sag in the middle – meaning you’ll only end up rolling together!
So is it time you bought a new mattress to help you sleep better and maximize your health? Well when you wake up tomorrow morning, think about how well you slept. Could you have done with a few more hours? How does your back feel? Do you have any lower back pain? If you can’t stretch and get rid of it within 15 minutes it’s probably time you thought about a new mattress. Your health depends on it!