Posted by Ranganath
You’ll often hear that you need to choose a good spring mattress or memory foam mattress, that you need to get a new one every 8 years or so, vacuum it from time to time and try to put on clean bed sheets once every 7-10 days and so on.
While all these things are certainly true, there isn’t nearly enough talk about the effects an uncomfortable bed can have on your life. Think about it, we spend about a third of every day, or at least we should, lying in bed, so there are quite a few important reasons for choosing the best mattress that you can.
1.The wrong mattress can cause aches and pains that stay with you
How many times have you woken up feeling soreness in your neck and back or a tightness in your shoulders? A lot of athletes and fitness enthusiasts will often go through a rough training session without experiencing any discomfort, only to get cramped up and sore after what was supposed to be a relaxing night in bed. You can get a mattress for back pain - medium firm back support mattresses works best for most people, just like it did for Goldilocks - and combine it with a good natural goose down pillow for added neck support.
2.Waking up, tossing and turning can prevent your brain from fully resting
While some people who wake up 2-3 times a night still manage to get roughly 8 hours of sleep, or make up for it with a nap, but to get enough REM sleep for your brain to fully recharge you need uninterrupted sleep. If you can’t make it through the night without getting up at least once, you need to look for a better mattress and pillow - look at different materials like latex or memory foam to find what works best for you.
3.A good mattress will help you reduce allergens
Modern mattresses incorporate hypoallergenic materials and can be very easy to clean – you just go over them with a vacuum cleaner and change the sheets – thus significantly reducing the amount of allergens that can have you wheezing, coughing and scratching.
4.The right balance of support and softness makes you fall asleep quicker
The body needs to be comfortable if we want to get the rest we need, and a lot of people spend anywhere between 20 and 60 minutes trying to find a comfortable position, while their mind races and bad thoughts start to creep in. Your body needs a balance of support and softness if you want to go to sleep within minutes, so combining a spring mattress or any extra firm mattress with a thin layer of tempur on top can give you the best balance.
5.Being constantly sleep deprived can cause you some serious problems
Going through a week with only 5-7 hours of sleep a night will slowly wear you down and cause your energy levels to drop and blood pressure to shoot up. Your mind becomes sluggish and you become very irritable, possibly experiencing headaches or losing focus. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect your physical and mental health, as well as both your professional and personal life, so you need to make sure that you never go for more than one night with less than 8 hours of sleep. As you can see, choosing the right mattress – be it memory foam, harder or softer – is a fairly important decision, so don’t rush it. Spend some time finding the mattress that works great for you, and it will definitely pay off in the long run.