The Impact of Your Mattress on 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 asked to take note of their stress levels along with things such as irritability, racing thoughts, worrying and the like. With the new beds, there was “a substantial decrease in stress,” as per the study, possibly due to the related improvement in sleep quality and the decrease in pain associated with 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. To eliminate dust mites, sheets and pillowcases should be washed frequently in hot water. Then put a slipcover to prevent them from going from the mattress to your sheets and pillows onward. Certainly, the mattress itself should be cleaned too, and you can do this best using a vacuum.
There’s no standard definition of the softness or firmness of a 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 hear terms such as “ultra-plush,” but to know what exactly that means, you have to actually lie on the mattress. There’s very little evidence too linking sleep quality to the firmness of a mattress. In the end, it’s all about comfort. Therefore, before you pay for a mattress, take it for a “test drive” 20 minutes no less.
If you see a spring or even a hole with stuffing sticking out, that’s a very obvious sign you have to purchase a new mattress. However, those aren’t not the only reasons to go 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.
According to the Experts
Experts say bedrooms must be used strictly for two purposes – sleep and sex – or your brain will not stop thinking about work even when you’re in bed, and that only makes good sleep harder than ever to achieve each passing night. Electronics definitely have no place with you on your mattress, most especially their blue light, which is scientifically proven to be disruptive to the brain’s natural bedtime activities. If you’re serious about improving your sleep, you have to start with your habits.