As adults when we search for a mattress we look for things like lifespan, comfort, length, warranty and we consider if it will provide the good night’s rest that we all require to function properly the next day. The last thing you want is to have to walk around with a sore, aching back and stiff neck. When it comes to buying a bed for your child, you really need to consider which beds for sale will be the best options.
At The Mattress Warehouse, we have a massive collection of beds for sale that you can look at. We know that there are many factors to consider when buying a new mattress for your child, so we have compiled a list of the factors to consider.
Choosing the right beds for sale for growing children.
Children grow by the day which means their bones, spine and muscles take on a new shape and form every night when they lay down to rest. So let’s have a look at a few things you need to keep in mind when purchasing your child’s mattress:
Buy a mattress that is suitable
It might sound obvious, but you need to purchase the bed according to the mattress, not the mattress according to the bed. If you have a certain style in mind for your child or children’s bedroom, only start your planning once you have the correct mattress. The reason for this is that if you have perhaps already purchased single bed bunk bed but can only find the best possible mattress in a three quarter bed size then it might be hard to get it to fit. This means you would have to resell the bunk beds and redesign the room layout all over again.
You could decide to go for the more affordable single beds instead of the three-quarter quality beds but that would mean you could be compromising your child’s growth, which is not ideal. Therefore when planning the room for your child or children it is best to purchase the mattress first and plan around it.
There are however a lot of different styles of beds that The Mattress Warehouse has available for children such as bunk beds, cabin beds, short or long beds, a loft bed, or just the old fashioned beds for sale.
The quality of sleep matters most
Getting a good night’s rest is so vitally important for a child’s development; their entire growing process happens when they sleep. Because of this, it is of the utmost importance that they sleep comfortably.
We all know how our bodies feel the next morning when we have slept on a mattress that is either too hard or too soft or a mattress that is not long enough or is full of lumps. We struggle to walk upright, everything aches, we have trouble concentrating, our mood is not very delightful and our necks are stiff. And these are just a few of the issues that come with uncomfortable sleep.
For children, it is the same only the difference is that it also has an effect on their growing process, doing them much more harm than good. Because of this, you have to make hundred percent sure that your child’s mattress is perfectly suited for their bodies.
A mattress that is recommended for adults will usually mostly consist of memory foam or latex, whereas for a child a box spring support system is more ideal. It can be an open coil or a pocket sprung mattress. This type of mattress will help lead to a good night’s rest for your child, so make sure that you find the right beds for sale when you shop for your child.
Sleep affects hormones as much as growth
A good night’s rest is so much more important to your child than you realise. When a child goes to sleep, certain processes start to activate in their bodies such as growth, as previously mentioned, your child’s body continues to grow every night when they go to sleep until they are a certain age. Sleep assists their heart and helps prevent cardiovascular diseases by ensuring that their glucose and cortisol levels stay moderate throughout the night instead of elevating which can lead to certain types of diabetes and even heart diseases. A good night’s rest can help prevent obesity if used in collaboration with a healthy dietary intake.
Sleep keeps your child healthy. Every time your child goes to sleep the body releases a hormone called cytokines which fight off any illness or infection that might be in the body. Ever wondered why you feel so sleepy when you are ill? It is because of this hormone. The body needs rest to heal and the more you rest the more time the hormone, cytokines, has to heal the body.
The development of a healthy mind
Sleep has a major impact on your child’s mind. The average adult needs at least 7 hours of sleep to be able to function to at their full potential and successfully complete all their daily tasks. If an adult does not get the required amount of sleep it can lead to memory loss, elevated stress levels and lack of concentration. But in a child’s case, it has far worse consequences.
Children require at least 8-10 hours’ of sleep for all the necessary growth hormones to be released, for all of the important functions to take place, and for their minds to recharge. Children are growing and developing every day and sleep is the key to activating it all. If a child receives enough sleep they will wake up fresh and alert, ready to start the day. This is the ideal state in which they can learn and develop properly.
If your child’s sleep is disrupted it will lead to far less mental concentration making them either lazy or hyperactive, and in both instances, unable to concentrate for long periods at a time. This will in turn impact on their learning ability and social skills.
Sleep also plays a part in your child’s state of mind. If your child is not well rested it can cause depression to develop, especially once they reach their teenage years.
If a teenager is sleep deprived then their academic performance will start to slip because of a lack of concentration in class. They also have the habit of being a lot more negative which can lead to depression. Small children who have enough naps during the day have to ability to entertain and amuse themselves whereas those children who don’t rest are socially demanding. Studies have shown that children who sleep more when they are small develop a higher IQ. It might be hard to believe but it’s true.
Enough rest can improve social skills
Growing up is hard enough without being socially inadequate. Being a child in today’s world is not as easy as it used to be. Kids are placed into social groups and every day they have to try to fit into their environment whilst trying to learn who they are. Not having a good night’s rest makes being socially adaptable and skilled so much harder.
Every day they have to take in vast amounts of information through learning materials all throughout their schooling to further their education and for that reason, they require a well-rested mind.
Every night when they go to sleep your child’s mind will sort through what they have learned and the brain will file all of the information they have received throughout the day, basically giving them a clean slate every morning to take in new information.
Without the proper night’s sleep, the information is not sorted through properly and isn’t categorised correctly which can cause confusion. A lack of sleep can also cause academic performance to drop while a lack of sleep can also cause stress and depression. So by having a mattress that deprives them of a good night’s sleep, you could directly affect their learning abilities as well as their growth.
A lot of the time it can be very difficult to get children to go to bed but if they have a mattress that causes them to wake up sore and aching all over, making them go to sleep will be so much harder.
Here are a few things you can do to make bedtime a bit easier:
- Get your child the best possible mattress;
- Get into a routine with specific bedtimes;
- Put a ban on electrical devices before bed;
- Ban all sugar or fruits before bed;
- Make going to bed fun. Turn it into a game;
- Make it the time of day when they have your undivided attention and love.
Sleeping is truly an important part of any child’s growth and development and by making sure your child is comfortable every night, you will help your child to become the best person that they can be.
To make sure that you have the ideal bed for your child, make sure that you contact The Mattress Warehouse. Our range of beds for sale for children are designed just for the growing child and they will ensure that your child sleeps peacefully every night.
Blog written by guest author Vasti Lourens