Did you know that mattresses have an average lifespan of 10 years before they begin to lose their effectiveness and negatively impact your night’s rest? However, even before your mattress wears out it could be affecting the way you sleep in some surprising ways.
- 1. Motion Disturbance
Do you wake up every time you or your partner turns over? The problem is how your mattress is absorbing the motion disturbance. Mattresses that have wide-spread inner springs and little foam padding at the surface mean movement effects a larger surface area. If you’re a light sleeper, try a mattress with a deep layer of memory foam or smaller individual springs that will immediately adjust to minute movements and absorb shock.
- 2. Allergies
If you suffer from asthma, sinusitis, or other allergies, they could be aggravated by your mattress choice. Dust-mites are common (and indeed invisible!) mattress visitors and can irritate existing allergies or even cause new ones. They’re part of the spider family and live in areas that are high in shed dead skin cells. This can disrupt your sleep quality by causing allergic reactions or wheezing. Choose mattresses that are naturally hypo-allergenic to prevent dust-mites and reduce allergy triggers. Mattresses that include materials such as latex or which have been treated with an allergy barrier can help prevent dust-mites and allergens from entering your mattress.
- 3. Spinal Support
Not only should may your mattress springs cause motion disturbance, they may also be unable to adequately support your spine. Mattresses vary in their number and arrangement of springs, but for the best support you should choose a mattress which has springs consistently & frequently located throughout to adjust to your body weight. The Natural Sleep Company use patented Spinal Zone technology that combines individual pocket springs with light rods, to ensure that your back is always properly supported.
- 4. Firmness Level
While mattress support & firmness are not synonymous, if your mattress is too firm or too soft it will not support your body correctly. The ideal mattress should mould to your body while supporting it. It should be soft enough to allow your body to reach a neutral position, with your spine gently curved, yet firm enough to support your skeletal structure. If your mattress is too firm then your pressure points will be clearly felt, disrupting your sleep with discomfort. If it’s too soft then it will not support your back adequately, causing you to wake up with back pain.
- 5. Temperature
Your mattress, and the materials used to make it, can affect your temperature while you sleep. Experts recommend that the best temperature for getting quality sleep is 18.5 degrees Celsius. Natural materials such as latex & lambswool help to regulate your temperature during the night, preventing you from getting too hot. If you find you are waking up because of the cold, a memory foam mattress may be a better option as they mould to the shape of your body and have insulating properties.
We at The Natural Sleep Company hope that you’ve found some useful information to help you consider the way your mattress may be affecting your sleep! For more expert information on sleep & related issues, browse our previous blog posts or visit our Facebook page.