The ability to get adequate amounts of undisturbed sleep will have both an instant and long-term effect on your wellbeing. However, one of the biggest problems affecting this ability is the old, uncomfortable or damaged mattresses many of us are sleeping on. If you’re starting to forget when you bought your mattress, it might be time to throw out the old and invest in a high-quality mattress to improve your overall health.
Conditions your mattresses could be causing:
Snoring is caused when the upper airway passage right at the back of your mouth becomes partially restricted. The best way to prevent snoring is to keep your head and body well supported while you sleep. When mattresses get old they sag as the springs start to go, they get laden down with years of dust and sweat and their initial firmness dissipates. A new, medium-firm mattress will keep your spine well-aligned and evenly distribute your body weight, all of which will help prevent snoring.
Old mattresses run the risk of becoming a haven for allergens, sweat and dust that trigger allergies. Allergies cause congestion and swelling in the throat, disrupting your sleep and can lead to snoring. An old mattress weighed down with dust can negatively impact asthma sufferers and cause symptoms to worsen. Dust, sweat and allergens are one of the main reasons why it is recommended that mattresses need to be changed every 6 or 8 years.
The less comfortable you are on your mattress while you try to sleep, the greater the chance that that sleep is disturbed throughout the night. A lack of good, undisturbed sleep adversely affects the part of your brain that controls speed and accuracy. It can also affect your ability to retain information the next day, form new ideas and even pull knowledge together from different parts of the brain.
Believe it or not, the amount and quality of sleep you get can impact your weight. Drowsiness often leads to turning our backs on regular exercise and healthy cooking, which will directly impact your physical health. Studies have confirmed that when you don’t get enough sleep, your levels of leptin (which plays a key role in making you feel full) drop. So, when you’re tired, you think you’re hungrier, which makes you start to crave high-fat and high-calorie foods.
What to look for when looking for a new quality mattress
Start with good support
The best mattresses keep your body well supported with no discomfort or pressure on the hips, shoulders, ribcage or ankles. A quality mattress will conform to the curve of your spine, keeping it well aligned with the rest of your body and distribute your body weight across your frame. All of which will help ensure a good night’s sleep.
Ensure your mattress suits your individual needs
When it comes to mattresses, one size does not fit all. There are now multiple types of mattresses that offer a range of benefits depending on your exact support needs. Ask an expert about pocket sprung mattresses, memory foam, latex and coil spring to ensure you get the support you need while sleeping and don’t forget to compromise if you will be sharing the bed with a partner.
Mattresses to benefit health
There are a wide variety of mattresses that can help with specific sleep issues. For those who suffer from night sweats, asthma, allergies, eczema or are just a very light sleeper, a therapeutic mattress will help you get a proper night’s sleep. If you or a loved one suffer from mobility issues, back pain, aching joints, poor blood circulation or insomnia an adjustable bed can provide a solution to get a good night sleep.
A better night’s sleep starts here
A good night sleep can improve mental health, normalize the immune system, regulate your weight, improve happiness and reduce stress levels. This starts with finding a quality mattress to provide support, comfort and ensure you sleep soundly throughout the night.
With over 30 years providing expert sleeping solutions for customers across the country, The Natural Sleep Company can help you find a mattress to suit your needs. You’ll find a host of great solutions and advice on quality mattresses on our main blog and our team of dedicated experts are standing by to help you in any way they can.