The Impact of Your Mattress on Your Sleep
A decade back, research was conducted on 59 healthy men and women who slept on their old mattresses for 28 consecutive nights, and another 28 straight nights on new, medium-firm mattresses. They were told to assess their stress levels based on things like racing thoughts, nervousness, trembling, etc. This new setup caused “a remarkable reduction in stress,” says the study, probably because of the resulting increase in sleep quality and decrease in pain that came with the firmer beds.
Mattress allergies have something to do with dust mites at least. 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. Washing linens frequently in hot water is effective in eliminating dust mites. After washing, put a slipcover to help keep the bugs from traveling from the mattress to the linens and pillows. Certainly, the mattress itself should be cleaned too, and you can do this best using a vacuum.
There’s no hard and fast definition of what makes a soft or firm mattress. A 200-pound person may, for instance, think that a mattress is soft, and someone half his weight might say it is 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. 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. However, those aren’t not the only reasons to go 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.
According to the Experts
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.
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