Sleeplessness affects many people worldwide. With approximately 30-50% of the population suffering from insomnia, the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night, it is important to figure out the causes of sleep deprivation. Many causes of sleeplessness include stress, anxiety, and emotional or physical discomfort, but have you ever stopped to think that your mattress may be the cause?
Your mattress is the most important part of your sleep environment. Making sure that your body is comfortable and your mattress does not cause tossing, turning or back pain throughout the night is key to how well you sleep. Depending on your body type, physical needs and personal preferences, it may be hard for you to find the mattress of your dreams and easy to buy the wrong one.
So what should you be looking for in a new mattress? The three key qualities are support, comfort and space. If you suffer from back, neck or hip pain at night, a memory foam mattress would be the best choice for you. Memory foam is known to support all of your body’s pressure points, relieving any aches and pains you may experience during the night.
Waking up feeling sore every morning is a red flag that it’s time to get a new mattress. If you are sleeping on an innerspring mattress, it might be time to switch over to a natural latex or memory foam mattress. Because these types of mattresses conform to your body, they offer more comfort than innerspring mattresses. Today’s mattresses are made with plush, cushioned surfaces, creating a more comfortable space for sleep. Check the density of a memory foam or natural latex to ensure that there will be support underneath the comfortable top layer.
The space your mattress provides is also a key ingredient in getting the best night’s sleep that you can. If you are sleeping with a partner, consider upgrading to a queen or king size mattress. If you sleep alone in a twin sized bed, but are always tossing and turning, make your next purchase a full sized mattress.
So when is the right time to buy a new mattress? Innerspring mattresses typically last 5-7 years, while memory foam and natural latex can last up to 12 years. Don’t keep a mattress that is past its lifespan. Additionally, you will know it is time to make a new purchase if you are constantly waking up without feeling rested, if you have any sore muscles, or any types of pain.
When you have decided to go out and buy your new mattress, make sure you test the bed! Go to a local store and lie down on different kinds of mattresses, and if you are sleeping with a partner, make sure they test it out with you. Try laying there for 5-10 minutes to make sure it is a mattress that fits your needs!
If you are interested in trying out different kinds of memory foam and natural latex mattress, stop by your local Sleepy’s retailer. Sleep Options mattresses are sold exclusively at Sleepy’s, so check out our section when you go!