So does a good mattress really matter? The short answer is yes. Your mattress really matters and it can have a very real effect on the quality of your sleep which in turn can have a very big impact on the rest of your life.
When selecting your mattress you are choosing the big of furniture that you will be spending at least 8 hours of every day laying on. During those 8 hours, you want your body to rest, your mind to rejuvenate and your overall wellbeing to be restored following the day spent being busy living. Those 8 hours are something of a recharge and when you are not spending them sleeping on something that is comfortable, your body is going to start showing the effects.
Restless nights can have a number of upsetting effects on the body and mind. While restless nights don’t necessarily mean insomnia, they can have just as much of an impact. Restless nights can lead to weight gain, to days spent being very tired, changes in mood and other ailments. And if it is your mattress causing your restlessness then it might well become a permanent part of your life until you decide to replace your mattress.
We have all had those nights, so we all know exactly how it feels to spend the next day trying desperately to stay awake. Our lives are demanding. With families to raise, careers to chase and social lives that are often rather busy, we need proper sleep in order to keep up with all of the demands.
So why does the mattress matter?
We can turn to science to find the right answers. A recent study was completed by the Research Triangle International along with Drs. Andy Krystal and Jack Edinger from Duke University. The aim of this study was to determine the effects that a mattress can have on the body as well as whether or not it can contribute to pain in the body. In a study spanning 4 years, that is 16 000 nights, they sought to answer that question.
The first thing that they uncovered was that there was no standard applied to the definition of a firm or soft mattress. What some experience to be a soft mattress, others would refer to as firm. They also uncovered that the comfort of the mattress is also dependent on the person sleeping on it. Once these two factors could be determined and pushed aside in the study, the Drs could focus on the next question which was why the mattress matters.
What they discovered is that even the smallest changes in the mattress would have people tossing and turning. The differences in support (soft, medium or firm) had a profound effect on the type of sleep people had. And while the study uncovered this truth, it also uncovered a less subtle one, which is that we might not be able to determine which mattress our body will prefer when we are awake.
This is rather shocking if you are looking to buy the ideal mattress. Your body goes through different phases while asleep so choosing a mattress can be difficult.
You will need all of the help you can get when you are selecting a new mattress, so fill yourself with knowledge and ask for assistance when you get to the mattress shop. The Mattress Warehouse can help you get the right mattress. We are the mattress experts.