I’m sure as you now most of us in the world are fortunate enough to sleep with a mattress and all of us have to sleep. Whether you are sharing your bed with a spouse or in the dorms sleeping with a bunk bed, we all have to have comfort to sleep. There is a lot of skepticism as well as theories that go into sleeping with a mattress and we wanted to take a closer look into the real truths about sleeping with a mattress and finish up with some recommended tips that you can start using today to have happier, healthier sleep.
Truth About Mattresses
- Replace Your Mattress Every 8 Years
Although updating your daily essentials regularly is beneficial for optimal health it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to replace your mattress as often. A lot of factors go into the decision of purchasing a new mattress and they are spendy! The Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every 7 to 10 years, depending on the quality and comfort you are looking for. Other factors to consider is how often you are rotating the mattress, the overall quality of your current mattress and how you sleep on it.
- Firm Mattresses are the Best Mattresses
Your body needs to relax and recuperate, no doubt. A mattress can make or break you, no pun intended but they usually fall into three categories: Soft Mattresses, Medium-Firm Mattresses and Very-Firm Mattresses. A Soft Mattress is usually set up to conform to the curvature of your body and is uniform throughout the length of your body. A Medium-Firm Mattress is set up equal comfortability as a Soft Mattress but is set up to alleviate pressure if you are having back pain. A Very-Firm Mattress isn’t made for comfortability rather good support and can actually lead to severe back pain.
- A Good Mattress is Decided on How Well You Sleep
Not necessarily, there are a lot of factors that go into sleep. Even though a mattress can help with sleeping it doesn’t mean it’s the only factor to consider. The size and length of your body as well as the overall structure of your body can help with making a decision about a mattress but the mattress alone doesn’t guarantee good sleep. So much for the sleep guarantee!
Tips On Better Sleep With a Mattress
If you are having a hard time sleeping and your mattress is old, it might be time to get a new mattress or at least consider taking a look at where you spend a third of your life. When you are sleeping with a mattress, especially a new one, rotate your mattress every two weeks so that your mattress doesn’t get a consistent impression of how your body lays. Think of it like a baseball glove, most mattresses will shape how it’s consistently being used.
Sleep in various places on the mattress. If you are used to sleeping on one side of the mattress, switch it up. Again the mattress conforms to you, so keep continually switching it up so the mattress stays fresh.
Consider the types of materials that you are sleeping with. Do you have a mattress pad? What type of linens are you using? What type of pillow(s) are you using to sleep with? These factors can all add to the sleeping experience on the mattress.
Lastly, pay attention to the things you do during the day. A mattress is a good little exposure to bad posture. If you are used to slouching over at the office and aren’t properly stretching or compensating for sitting for long periods of time then you will experience pain in places you couldn’t imagine possible.