In many published studies, majority of the respondents answered that they would prefer indulging in sleep than anything else if they had time. It’s understandable especially when sleep is necessary in the healing and repair of important muscles and cells. When we don’t get the required number of hours of sleep, not only are we cheating our bodies from the time it needs to repair, but we are setting ourselves up for an uncomfortable day ahead. Haven’t you ever woken up in a foul mood and feeling low on energy because you didn’t get a good night’s sleep?
One means to ensure that your get those precious hours of snooze time is to find the perfect mattress. The correct mattress will give you the proper support and allow your muscles to relax, therefore ensuring a peaceful slumber.
People have preferences when it comes to their mattresses – firm or soft, latex or memory foam– but here are a few things to consider when purchasing one for yourself.
1. Comfort should always be the goal. It doesn’t matter if you prefer the latex foam, memory foam, water beds or coil mattresses; you should look for a mattress that gives you the most support and cradles the curvature of your spine. If it feels comfortable, most probably you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep out of it.
2. It may look a little weird but you should take the time to test out the mattress in the store. Lie back and give a few minutes to settle in. Feel the bounce and the support it gives your body. Doctors don’t recommend too firm or too soft a mattress. Aim for the middle ground.
3. Pressure and weight should be distributed throughout the body. Any moment that you feel discomfort, move on to the next one.
4. When purchasing a mattress that’s to be shared, always remember to consider the preferences of your partner. Better yet, bring them along so that you can test out mattresses together. If both of you have completely different preferences, that doesn’t mean you’ll need to resort to sleeping in different beds. Find a compromise and adjust by buying pillows and blankets that can provide more comfort.
5. Change mattresses every eight years. The wear and tear will thin out the cushions and will have changed the structure of the box springs inside. In some unfortunate cases, the springs may also start to poke and pinch, making sleep impossible.