When a Good Mattress is Important for Getting Good Sleep

August 31, 2009

in Sleeping Tips

There are many factors that go into a good night’s sleep. Your sleeping environment is the most essential to sleeping well. The room that you sleep in must be free from noise, free from bright lights, free from clutter and have a comfortable bed. A comfortable bed involves clean sheets, the right type of pillow for you and just the right mattress.

A good mattress is essential to a good night’s sleep. What qualifies as a good mattress? The optimal mattress will offer comfort in the form of proper cushion and recoil, while providing firm enough support for a person’s back, legs and neck. The best mattress will distribute a person’s weight evenly so that you won’t wake up sore. This comes from the firmness of the mattress. While a great deal of people seem to prefer a very firm mattress, scientific research has been inconclusive due to the differences in every person.

How long does a mattress last or when should I buy a new mattress? The life of the mattress is  reliant on whether  the mattress is used everyday or for guests only, the quality in which the mattress was created, along with the weight and sleep patterns of the user. Taking all of these things into consideration , the average mattress should be replaced every 5-7 years.

When shopping for a mattress, doctors recommend that you purchase a mattress that supports the natural ‘S’ curve of your back while allowing you to completely relax. You should spend anywhere from 15-30 minutes ‘trying out’ a mattress. That’s right. Lie down in the middle of the mattress store and  turn over just like you were sleeping. Now don’t do this quickly. It takes your body 15-30 minutes to relax, so lay down and wait for relaxation to happen.

Keep in mind that there are many types of mattresses. There are traditional coil, air, latex and memory foam. A good mattress is not made up of all the bells and whistles, nor is it the most expensive. It is the one that fits your needs and your body. The one that offers support and evenly distributes your weight. A good mattress allows you a deep, restful sleep so that you can wake in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated not groggy, sore, achy and tired.

Keep in mind, when you’ve eliminated the stress from your bedroom and eliminated any other issues that might be interfering with your sleep patterns, it’s time to look at getting a new mattress. If you’re mattress is over 8 years old don’t try to justify keeping it.  A good mattress equals a good night’s sleep which equals better health.

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Brandon August 13, 2011 at 8:21 am

I’ve been sleeping on a thin mattress that lies right on the floor, and my loved ones have been getting at me to buy a nice modern mattress. Although I probably will give-in eventually, I would like to see some factual information in a well-written essay published by an authority on sleep science. Most of the world’s people do not sleep on what most of us Americans would consider a mattress. Instead they sleep on homemade beds, a bed-roll, carpet, or dirt floor. This article reads just like all the mattress company’s ones; nothing to back up its claims, and (no offense) it’s riddled with incomplete sentences and bad grammar which makes it all the less convincing.
My main question is whether or not a modern mattress will really benefit my health like the mattress salesmen say. I know that some claims they make are obviously untrue, but I just want to see an article or two that will give scientific credibility to these claims. There are a lot of other factors that contribute to healthy and rejuvenating sleep. I have an open mind, but I’ve yet to see anything that really convinces me that a new/modern mattress will make me sleep and feel better, especially in the long-run.

Regards from Cape Cod, MA


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