Evaluating Your Overall Health and Well Being: The Correlation Between a Mattress and Sleep

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Most people will suffer through a restless night of sleep, without questioning what could be causing this distress. More likely than not, your mattress is the culprit. A comfortable bed is something everyone loves and covets, but not many understand the value of a good mattress. Unfortunately, mattresses are often taken for granted, as though a simple and comfortable surface is all you need to get by. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

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If you’ve ever been hiking or camping, you know very well that your excursion might end up being a total mess without the proper tools. So why go to sleep without the appropriate gear? It’s time to take mattresses seriously, especially since they affect your health in many surprising ways. The following are a few things to keep in mind when evaluating your overall health and well being. Who knows, you might even be tempted to upgrade your current mattress.

Choose Your Mattress Wisely
Perhaps you just bought a new mattress, and it seemed to work well for you when you tried it out in-store. But initial mattress tests don’t tell you whether it will be a good fit for you or not. Everyone is different and our sleeping positions and preferences affect our choices in mattresses. Perhaps the mattress is great, but if you wake up with a stiff neck and lower back pain and spend most of your night tossing and turning, then you need to rethink your mattress.

There is no one size fits all solution. Some prefer a softer mattress, while others need one that is a lot firmer. Look at some of these best choices to help you realize that some mattresses are made up of different materials, sizes, and the various technologies used to create them. Choosing a mattress isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does require a bit of time and research.

Stress Levels
If your mattress lean towards one of two extremes – soft with no support, or hard and lumpy – then you have a big problem on your hands. This will not only contribute to poor sleep or waking up with a stiff neck, it might be inadvertently affecting your stress levels. Your inability to catch some quality shut-eye will make you jittery, nervous, headache-prone, and more likely to be anxious. A mattress with medium firmness is something that everyone needs, but few truly value its importance. A good firm mattress will help position yourself more comfortable, thereby providing you with better sleep quality. If you find yourself suffering from a weirdly misshapen mattress, then be careful because it will most likely be affecting your overall stress levels without realizing it.

Allergies
You probably had no idea about this, but here’s a gross fact: maybe you’re not allergic to your mattress, but you’re probably allergic to the dust mites calling it home. These microscopic creatures feed on the dead skin cells, which you shed naturally during the night, and they tend to live and breed in your bed.  If you find yourself coughing or sneezing more often than usual, this could very well be the culprit.

Washing your sheets with hot water at least once a week will go a long way in minimizing your allergies. But if you still find that you cannot breathe easy then it might be time for you to consider getting a new mattress. Preferably one that is hypoallergenic with a protective cover. These mattresses will be very beneficial in protecting you from dust mites and bed bugs that can aggravate allergies or will help in reducing your symptoms if you already have a sensitive disposition to dust or asthma.

Using your Mattress as a Desk

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Are you the type to work from your bed? If you tend to treat your bed as a desk and home office, then chances are your back could be suffering due to your awkward sitting positions on the bed. It is strongly suggested that you avoid working from your bedroom, as this can affect your sleeping patterns since your brain will not associate your bedroom for sleep, but rather for work.

In addition to that, you’re sitting positions and working positions in bed with your laptop will cause you to overusing your mattress in a way that does not suit this purpose. The constant weight and heat on one side may start wearing out your mattress sooner than expected, causing uneven distribution of the mattress or lumpiness or general wear and tear.  If that is the case, you’ll be tossing and turning all night when it comes to sleep, and you should not be negligent, and buy a new mattress ASAP.

Blood Pressure
This might be shocking, but not being able to get a good night’s sleep because of a rough mattress can lead to a lot more trouble than just waking up cranky. Interrupting sleep cycles can keep your blood pressure from reducing properly, which can lead to potential heart issues down the road. When you’re sleeping, the body can release hormones that help regulate stress. Without those, the stress can build up, getting stuck in some kind of pressure valve, which in turn increases your blood pressure.

Weight
Another thing that might be hard to relate at first, but getting a poor night’s sleep can lead to weight gain. As you sleep, you burn calories, which increases your metabolism. By not sleeping well, your metabolism can begin to slow down, making it harder for your body to burn the calories it has consumed throughout the day.

Furthermore, hunger levels are greatly affected by how much sleep you manage to get throughout the night. If your mattress is keeping you up at night, then you will most likely be very hungry the next morning. All of this will eventually lead to gain weight.

So if you have read all the above and already feel that you might have made a mistake in underestimating just how much having a poor mattress can affect your life, don’t fret. While it might be a bit discouraging at first, you can easily find the appropriate mattress to fit your needs, given that you do your research and figure out what works best for you.

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Evaluating Your Overall Health and Well Being: The Correlation Between a Mattress and Sleep
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Most people will suffer through a restless night of sleep, without questioning what could be causing this distress. More likely than not, your mattress is the culprit.

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