When you lay back and think about how long we spend asleep it’s amazing how little time we give to choosing a mattress. It’s likely the one piece of furniture we use the most. Quality bedroom furniture an investment in your health, your back, your welfare your quality of life and indeed outlook on life. Try getting that payback from a Television set.
A mattress can literally affect your every waking minute, as well as those spent asleep. It’s estimated we spend as much as one third of our lives asleep. And the quality of your sleep has a direct effect on the quality of your life. We spend pretty much all our waking hours either standing up or sitting down. Our back is put to the test at every moment. From the moment we get out of bed to the moment we return to it’s sleepy sanctuary. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a mattress that is not only kind to your back but gives you a restful nights sleep too?
A simple rule of thumb when choosing a mattress is knowing when your existing mattress is past it’s sell by date. If you think it needs replacing, then you are probably right. Ask your body. Has your sleep worsened? If the answer is yes, you may well consider replacing your mattress.
Here are some things to look out for when considering a new mattress.
A 2009 study by The Huffington Post showed that 59 healthy men and women slept for 28 consecutive nights on their regular mattresses, then another 28 nights on new, medium-firm mattresses. They were asked to evaluate their stress levels based on factors like worrying, racing thoughts, nervousness, irritability, headaches, trembling and more. The new beds resulted in a significant decrease in stress, possibly due to the improvement show in quality of sleep and the reduction in back pain as a result of the firmer mattress.
OK, so we could all do with losing a few pounds. Anybody who is looking to lower their weight might well consider purchasing a new mattress as the effect of sleep on a person’s weight is direct. We have lower energy as a result of a bad night’s sleep and are thus reluctant to exercise. We tend to eat more when we are sluggish and consume calorific snacks and drinks to give us the extra sugar rush we crave. This over compensations piles on the pounds. So when you are lacking sleep it’s a lot easier to reach for a coke or a muffin to get you back in action. But that burst of energy will spike and then crash back to earth just as fast.
Have you ever had back pain? If the answer is yes, then you may be sleeping in the wrong position. The pain from a bad back can be self perpetuating. Muscle pain in your back can lead to insomnia. The inability to sleep can lead to a restless night as we toss and turn, which in itself can lead us to sleep in awkward positions, which leads to back pain, which leads to a self-fulfilling circle of discomfort and insomnia. Sleep quality and it’s duration should be considered a vital sign of overall health and quality of life. “Extremely long or short sleep durations are associated with more specific conditions, but for many people who are close to getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, getting just 15 to 30 minutes more sleep a night could make difference in how they feel.”
Allergies and Dust
Over its lifetime, a mattress can and will pick up germs, dust and even ugly little bugs. These bugs are not the cutesy little bedfellows of your children’s nursery rhymes. A mattress can be cleaned and disinfected. But it is very difficult. And by the time the mattress is disinfected, the bugs can have spread to other parts of the furniture in other rooms of the house. The mattress once disinfected will also likely have deteriorated and lost it’s firmness and shape.
A new mattress offers more than just a good nights sleep. The benefits are physical as well as mental. Consider your bedroom furniture as an investment in not just a piece of furniture but an investment in your health and well-being.
If you need any help or have any questions on choosing a new mattress please contact us and we will be happy to help.