Choosing a right mattress is very important for a good sleep. Good sleep is very important for your health.
Why Is Sleep Important?
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.
Mattress and Good Sleep
Low-quality, uncomfortable mattresses have been linked to sleep discomfort and pain, and chronic pain can prevent quality sleep. Those who struggle with sleep deprivation may suffer from a sour mood, slower metabolism, and impaired immune function . Fortunately it’s not all bad news. While mattresses can hinder sleep quality, they can also improve it. Better “bedding systems” (a fancy way of saying “things you sleep on”) have been linked to decreased pain and discomfort, especially in women. Quality sleep on a good mattress may also help decrease stress. The long and short of it? A bad mattress can contribute to poor sleep quality, while a good mattress can improve it. Given that the average person spends about one third of her or his life sleeping, it’s worth investing the time (and money) to find the right mattress for you.
What should I look for in a mattress?
When buying a new mattress keep the following points in mind:
- Type: There are different types of mattresses including innerspring, foam, flotation (water beds), and air mattresses. While innerspring mattresses may offer more variety in terms of firmness and support, many people find the other types of mattresses just as comfortable. The best type of mattress is the one that offers you the most support and is the most comfortable for you.
- Foundation: The foundation, often called a box spring, is also important. The box spring absorbs stress and weight for the mattress. The correct foundation can extend the life of the mattress; therefore, try to purchase the box spring designed to go with your mattress. Using no foundation, old foundations, or mixing mattresses and box springs can negatively affect the level of support and the durability of your mattress.
- Firmness: It is not necessarily true that firmer is better. A mattress that is too firm does not support the body evenly, tending only to support the body’s heaviest parts. A mattress that is too soft sags and prevents the spine from maintaining proper alignment. Neither situation allows your muscles to rest, as they must work throughout the night to find a comfortable position and maintain correct posture.
- Comfort: When shopping for a mattress make sure you take the time to try it out. Lie down on the mattress positioned how you usually sleep. Turn over from one side to the other. If you sleep with a partner, try the mattress together to make sure there is enough space for both sleepers to move around. Make sure the mattress can support your spine in its natural curve.
Let’s look types of mattress more detailed:
When it comes to latex vs spring mattresses, spring mattresses still account for 80% of mattress sales. These mattresses are made of a collection of steel coils, which are attached to one another and a frame. Upholstery layers over the springs provide cushioning and insulation. Many have features such as well-padded pillow tops and may contain memory foam or other cushioning. A few of the benefits and drawbacks of this type of mattress:
- Cost effective for the level of support.
- Somewhat durable. With regular turning, some can last 10 years or more.
- Comfortable. Spring mattresses are available at a number of levels of firmness.
- Can lead to painful pressure points.
- Motion disturbance can mean that a restless sleep partner keeps you awake.
- Environmentally less friendly due to chemicals in manufacture.
Natural mattresses are made out of the natural liquid that comes from the rubber plant. While latex still requires some additives, it is a mostly natural product. You will see latex mattresses that are labeled synthetic latex or blended latex.
Most latex mattresses are made up of one to four layers of materials. The core will be made up of five or six inches of dense latex foam. The top layer is usually made of softer latex or a synthetic material like memory foam.
- More environmentally friendly.
- Firmer surface offers support.
- Highly durable. Latex mattresses often come with a 20 year warranty.
- Naturally resistant to dust, mold and bacteria.
- Provides warmth in winter and keeps sleepers cooler in summer because it minimizes body moisture.
- Higher cost – a latex mattress can be expensive compared to other mattresses.
- Heavier – a latex mattress weighs heavier compared to most innerspring mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses are growing in popularity. They are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature, and are known for comfort because they contour to the specific shape of your body.
- By molding to the shape of your body as your weight shifts through the night, memory foam reduces pressure points, and relieves pain.
- Memory foam also absorbs movement, so if you sleep with a partner, you’re not likely to be disturbed by his tossing and turning.
- One of the biggest complaints with memory foam mattresses is that because these mattresses are temperature sensitive, softening and molding with your body heat, they can make you feel extremely hot during the night.
- Memory foam mattresses have been known to emit an unpleasant chemical smell.