It is a fact well acknowledged that we are living in a period when sleep is no more a natural phenomenon. Many people suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy to name a few.
Although most of them have their roots in our biological and social conditions, there is another major factor much less talked about that can affect our sleep quality. It is the mattress that supports us during our sleep hours.
Does your mattress provide you perfect sleep? Is it time to buy a new mattress for the old one?
Let us discuss a few points before coming to a conclusion.
Are you sleep-deprived?
There are a few symptoms to check whether you are sleep deprived? Everyone feels it occasionally, but if the symptoms persist it is time for some serious thought.
- Feeling sleepy and tired throughout the day
- Getting irritated easily
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Developing dark circles around the eyes
- Difficulty to memorize
- Uncontrolled emotions
- Taking caffeinated drinks frequently to keep you alert
If any of the symptoms persists, consult a physician to know the cause of your sleep deprivation.
Causes for sleep deprivation
These are some of the major causes for sleep deprivation.
Stress – Stress is the major cause of sleep deprivation in today’s world. A hectic life schedule that revolves around a nuclear family, career-based education and job is a major factor leading to lack of sleep.
Fatigue – If you are fatigued due to excess of physical or mental work it may affect the quality of your sleep.
Health disorders – Any health disorder of a temporary or permanent nature may result in sleep deprivation.
Physical environment – Temperature variations, Irritating sounds, light, imperfect mattress etc are some reasons that disturb your sleep.
Analyze if you have any of the following problems and take adequate measures to overcome them.
Are you using the right mattress?
A sound sleep is directly linked to the right kind of mattress. How to know if you are using the right mattress that goes perfectly in sync with your body nature?
Experts say that, if you are having a back pain regularly getting up in the morning, but can get rid of it in a few minutes of stretching, most probably you are using an inappropriate mattress.
A right mattress on the other hand makes you feel lighter, relaxed and fresh after getting optimum time of sleep.
Types of mattresses
There are different kinds of mattresses available in the market today, made of various materials and employing latest bedding technology.
These are the most widely used type of mattresses available in the market with varying designs according to the manufacturer. They use coil springs to provide even back support during sleep. The latest model employs a single spring with an ‘S’ spiral that prevents the spring from popping out.
It is highly recommended for those with overweight and back pain as it gives a firm support making sleep comfortable. More number of coils provide more support and experts suggest around 390 coils as an ideal count for a quality spring mattress.
Memory Foam Mattresses
It employs the latest bedding technology and is gaining popularity these days. It is made of different layers of varying density of foam and responds to your body shape. By molding itself to varying body movements during sleep, it supports the pressure points and relieves pain. It also helps absorb movement creating the adequate setting for a sound sleep. Although it is temperature sensitive and can make you feel humid during night, it is highly recommended for those with back pain.
Made from natural or synthetic rubber, latex provides a firm and uniform support for the body. Although, not as-soothing-as a memory foam mattress, it is an ideal choice for those with back pain.
This is similar to an innerspring mattress, where air filled chambers are used for support instead of coils. This is effective for patients who are bed ridden as it distributes pressure to different areas and helps to prevent skin rashes. It caters to different tastes as one side of the bed can be made firm and the other light by sustaining the right amount of air.
They combine the benefits of different mattresses to give the perfect sleeping experience to the customer. It combines a layer of coiled springs along with multiple layers of latex or memory foam to provide a soothing effect while rendering adequate support for your body.
As people are becoming more conscious of their environment, organic mattresses are gaining popularity. They use eco-friendly and sustainable materials like natural latex, wool, cotton, recycled steel coils etc., that doesn’t harm the environment or your health on a long term basis.
How old is your mattress?
The new generation mattresses are highly durable and can last for a long period. But doctors and sleep expert say that you should not use the same bed after 10-12 years. Apart from being uncomfortable to your body, they may also collect dust, fungus and germs causing allergies and other infections.
So, if you feel that you are a sleep deprived person, consider changing your mattress for a better health. There are numerous choices of beds available in the market, but make sure to choose the one that makes you feel comfortable and healthy in the long run.