The Impact of Your Mattress on Your Sleep
In a 2009 study, 59 healthy males and females slept for 28 nights straight on their usual mattresses, then the next 28 nights on brand new mattresses with medium firmness. 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 minute creatures live off of your naturally shed dead skin cells, tons of which can be found on and in your mattress. No less than 20 million Americans are allergic to these bugs, most especially people with 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. Definitely, you need to clean the mattress itself as well, which can be done most effectively with the use of a vacuum.
Degree of Firmness
There’s no hard and fast definition of what makes a soft or firm mattress. If you weigh 250 pounds, you may describe as soft, what a 125-pound person would say is firm. You may hear terms such as “ultra-plush,” but to know what exactly that means, you have to actually lie on the mattress. There’s also minor evidence proving that the firmness of a mattress affects your sleep. In the end, it’s all about comfort. That said, be sure to spend no less than 20 minutes “test-driving” a mattress before you take it home.
If you find a spring or a hole with stuffing sticking out, you clearly need to buy a new mattress. But there are more reasons to make your way to the store. If you’re just not sleeping as well as you used to at home, it could be time for an investment, especially if you think you sleep better far from home.
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 certainly don’t belong with you on your mattress; that blue light can wreak havoc on your brain’s natural bedtime mechanism and keep you up for longer. So if you’re determined to improve your sleep, there’s no better way to begin than with your own habits.