How Your Mattress Affects Your Sleep
Ten years ago, researchers did a study that involved 59 men and women in optimal health sleeping for 28 nights straight on their usual mattresses, followed by 28 nights on new and unused, medium-firm mattresses. They were told to assess their stress levels based on things like racing thoughts, nervousness, trembling, etc. The study revealed the new mattresses brought about “a noticeable decrease in stress possibly from the resulting improvement in sleep quality and reduction of pain arising from to the firmer mattresses.
Mattress allergies are at least dust mite-related. Those microscopic creatures eat the dead skin cells you shed naturally, a lot of which can be found on and even inside your bed. As many as 20 million Americans couldn’t stand these nasty bugs, particularly those with respiratory conditions such as asthma. Regular washing of sheets and pillowcases in hot water helps to remove dust mites. Then use a slipcover to control the mites traveling from the bed to your pillows and linens. Of course, you have to clean the mattress itself, and this can be done effectively with a vacuum.
There’s no clear cut definition of what makes a mattress’ softness or firmness. For a 300-pound person, for example, a mattress may come as soft, while for someone who weighs half lighter, it may come as firm. You may encounter fancy terms like “ultra-plush,” but the only know to really know what that means is if you lie on the mattress. There’s little proof as well that a mattress’ firmness will have an impact on your sleep. It’s just all about your comfort in the end. That said, be sure to spend no less than 20 minutes “test-driving” a mattress before you take it home.
If you notice a spring or a hole with stuffing sticking out, it’s obvious you need to get a new mattress. But that’s not all of the reasons to should consider going to the store. If sleep has become harder to come by at home, you might have to make an investment, especially if you feel better rested after after sleeping somewhere else.
As The Experts Say
Experts are all united in saying that the bedroom should only be used for sleep and sex – otherwise, your brain will not stop thinking of work even as you lie in bed, and that makes it increasingly more difficult to get your z’s. Electronics surely must not mix with you and your mattress, especially the blue light they emit, which can throw your brain’s natural bedtime mechanism in disarray, keeping sleep at bay. If you’re serious about improving your sleep, you have to start with your habits.