Our overall physical health and mental wellbeing are hugely dependent on sleep. When we get adequate sleep every night, we can enhance our productivity, employ deep concentration, regulate efficient calorie expenditure, show high athleticism, and mitigate the danger of hitting obesity. The benevolence of proper sleep doesn’t even end there. Our psychological intellect will also sharpen if and when we start having at least eight hours of sleep every night.
But, being aware of the importance and getting adequate amounts of sleep are two different sides of the same coin. About 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages and from different socioeconomic backgrounds suffer from sleep-related problems.
How The Quality Of The Mattress Can Affect Our Sleeping
1. Dust Mites:
People invest money in blackout curtains, AC units, soundproof walls, etc. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But as time goes by, the mattress doesn’t usually see changes, gets outdated, and becomes the conservation park for the dust mites with additional allergens. Furthermore, our body sheds millions of tiny parts as a natural process when we sleep, which also acts as a natural bounty for the mites. As a result, the more we use the same mattress, the more the dust mites and other allergens flourish.
The more bad news is, even the decomposing bodies and feces of these trespassers can trigger acute allergic repercussions, which will make it difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep.
If you want those intruders to keep at bay, clean the mattress regularly. And if you think your mattress has already gone past its better years, do the right thing and invest in getting the best mattress and the best pillow you can afford.
2. Not Enough Support for the Spine:
The mattress is supposed to support your whole body weight. Most importantly, the mattress must provide decent spine endurance for the time you will be sleeping on it. If it fails to do that, the natural curve of the spine will not be maintained. This can ensure a host of related problems like undue stress on the ligament, uneasiness in muscle, etc. And in the long run, it will alter the body’s natural posture, and the infrequent problems can become chronic ones.
To be sure if your mattress can hold the spine how it should, look for throbbing pain when you get up from the bed. It’s a surefire way to tell if the mattress is capable of doing the job it needs to do.
So, it’s evident that you can’t expect quality sleep with that sort of faulty mattress. Be cautious even for the bunk bed mattress or bean bed mattress for the teens. They might be too busy to even notice things like this. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure they don’t develop sleep disorders or chronic pains along the way.
3. Inviting Joint Pain
How firm your mattress is going to be can be subjective and debatable. Some would prefer soft, and some would go for the hard ones – like if my husband would have had his own way of choosing, he would always go for firm ones. But since I’m the one who usually has the last say in matters like this, the mattresses in our household are all soft. Talk about Girl Power!
But jokes aside, the mattress should never be too firm. The reason is that a firm mattress can apply undue pressure in the joints – namely shoulders, knees, hips, and back – and with the course, you are going to have chronic joint pain. And it’s apparent that you are never going to have a sound sleep with chronic joint pain.
4. Spewing Night Sweats
Ventilation is crucial for uninterrupted and good quality sleep. If the room is too hot or too cold, you will not get good quality sleep. So, first, fix that temperature problem. Then have a close look at your mattress, or more importantly, check with what type of materials are used for making it.
Suppose the mattress is made from dense foam or similar materials that will show the tendency to wrap the body around. In that case, it’s highly likely that you are going to get sweaty if the temperature tends to go the north of cold and crisp. The body won’t be releasing any heat because the mattress will trap the heat inside your body. The result will be just as I’ve mentioned – sweating and retaining the heat.
So, you will wake up feeling like you are drowning in your own sweat. Can you still expect to get a good night’s sleep?
So, it should be clear to you by now that mattress quality can have a profound impact on how you are going to get your much-needed revival hours every night. And suppose this keeps going on for long, with the above mentioned physical problems. In that case, you probably will be having the following sleep disorders:
5. Sleep Disorders
Almost all of us experience troubles in sleeping in one way or another. Many of them might not be the result of having sleep disorders. Social and familial pressure, monetary issues, office deadlines, tiredness due to travel and time differences, being excited or worried about some upcoming life-changing events – etc. are only a few among many reasons that disrupt our sleeping at one time or another. It’s not a disorder, and you should not be worried. But if the disturbances become a part of your daily sleeping, you may have sleep disorders.
A sleep disorder is a frequent condition that hampers your ability to have a night of adequate sleep. To distinguish ‘every once in a while’ sleep disturbance from having sleep disorders, have a look at the following questions. If the answers to those questions are a convincing ‘yes,’ then it’s highly likely that you are suffering from some form of sleep disorders:
- Feel cantankerous throughout the day?
- Have drowsiness during daylight hours?
- Find it difficult to keep the eyes open in front of the TV or when you read something?
- Concentration seems to be a thing of the past?
- Everybody around you complains about your tired look?
- Your emotions are all over the place?
- Can’t seem to move a finger without coffee?
You should know the answers and if they are `yes’ to overwhelm the ‘no’s to a great extent, then you might have one of the following disorders:
Insomnia: The Inability To Stay Asleep Or Fall Asleep
- Sleep Apnea: temporary stoppages in the flow of oxygen to the brain and keeps happening continuously, so you get woken up from the sleep in regular intervals without even knowing.
- Parasomnia: a variety of sleeping disorders combined with abnormal demeanors and irregular movements like groaning, wetting the bed, sleepwalking, talking while being asleep, regular nightmares, etc.
- Restless Leg Syndrome: the consuming urge to move the legs with a prickling sensation in both legs. Narcolepsy: irrepressible and extravagant daytime sleepiness. You can also suffer from a few other forms of sleep disorders like shifting work disorder, delayed sleep phase disorder, jet lag, and circadian rhythm sleep disorder.
Most sleep scientists would agree that improving sleep hygiene with a suitable mattress for your specific body type and room atmosphere would be enough to get rid of sleep disorders. If and when you have something chronic with associated physiological issues, you need to go see your doctor. Other than that, you just need a quality mattress to get good quality sleep.