3 Tips to Help You Find the Best Mattresses for Good Rest
It is recommended that adults sleep for at least eight hours every day for overall health and wellbeing, and this adds up to about one third of your life being spent in bed. The type of mattress that you choose plays a big role in your quality of sleep. One important point to note is that the ideal mattress isn’t the same across the board, but there are a few characteristics shared by all good mattresses, which are the topic of this discussion. Read on to learn more.
- Consider your health needs
The right mattress isn’t necessarily the newest or most expensive mattress on the market. Choosing a mattress is a very personal decision; some people prefer firmer mattresses while others favor the plusher varieties.
If you have salient health problems such as back and joint pains, you will need one that is not too firm or too soft. Too firm a mattress will put too much pressure on your shoulders, sacrum and back of the head, while you’ll sink in a mattress that’s too soft. Consider pairing a medium-firm mattress with an adjustable bed which offers options to elevate your head or knees depending on your needs.
If you have asthma or allergies, you should choose a bed that is hypoallergenic, that is, hostile to the growth of dust mites. Instead of spending lots of money on hypoallergenic mattresses – these may not work since dust mites feed on dead skin cells and will live anywhere they have food – invest in a washable mattress encasing to keep the mites from your body and ensure you wash it often in hot water.
- Test your mattress
A good mattress can last you as long as ten years. As such, it is very important that you take time to test the mattress before buying. Good vendors will know the importance of testing a mattress and will allow you to do so before buying. You should lie on it for at least 20 minutes before making a decision. A good idea may be to sleep in different hotels each time you travel. If you were particularly comfortable with one mattress, you can ask them enquire about the brand. Make sure that the mattress feels comfortable on all sides, especially the side you favor when sleeping.
- Get a new mattress
If you’re having a hard time getting to sleep, you mattress may just be too old to give you quality rest. It’s important to realize that even the best mattresses are only good for so long. If you keep the mattress beyond its lifespan, the foam and other materials may start breaking down, reducing the mattress’s ability to provide adequate support. Experts recommend that you should change your mattress at least every decade or less depending on the quality of the product.
Remember that a good night’s rest is important for overall health. It is during sleep that the body is able to perform important functions such as cell and tissue repair to reverse negative effects from your daily activities. Getting a good mattress is the first step to ensuring you get a good night’s rest.
The author is a sleep expert who has spent considerable time researching and sharing details on sleep patterns and overall health as well as offering advice on the best mattresses for good sleep. Connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn.