Mattresses causing health issues? You must be joking!
Remember those sleepless nights of tossing and turning, and listening to the tick-tock with a sense of foreboding? We have all been there, but if you are going there once too many times, its impact on your health cannot be ignored. Lack of sleep not only leaves you feeling tired and dull throughout the day which affects your productivity, but also causes serious health issues like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and even some kinds of cancer. Among the many factors like diet, temperature, light sources, etc. which contribute to a good night’s sleep, the mattress you sleep on plays a crucial role. While you have the air that you breathe and the night time quietness that envelopes you, your body is physically in touch with the mattress, almost as if they are sleeping together! Or, trying to at least!
With an extensive range of mattresses made of different materials available to suit the various needs of customers, it is not impossible to find one which is tailored to your needs. But before we set off selecting the right mattress, let’s take a quick look at the potential health issues the mattress you sleep on can cause.
When a mattress is too hard, the material pushes up against the body and onto your body’s pressure points. This causes stress, aggravates pain and results in misalignment of the spine. When a mattress is too soft, the body sinks into it, again misaligning the spine. At best this causes pain, and at worst a slipped disc.
When picking a mattress, do remember that firmness is subjective. The same mattress could be firm for one and soft for another.
If you are unsure if your mattress is the cause of your pain, perform this simple test – Stretch within 15 to 20 minutes of getting up in the morning and if your back pain vanishes, your mattress is the culprit. Surprising, isn’t it?
Did you know that disturbed sleep is often caused by something as simple as a mattress! It is possibly easier to understand this if we are to look at it differently – think of someone poking you or applying pressure on you as you try to sleep! The right mattress will cradle you to sleep, and you will be more energetic, apart from the numerous other health benefits that accompany sound sleep.
Rashes have many potential causes. Some mattresses are made using chemicals that are not skin friendly, and these chemicals can cause headaches, blotchy eyes, and rashes. Allergens and bacteria infest mattresses that cause skin issues as well. While the proper selection of the right mattress material and upkeep can keep the rashes at bay, certain materials like foam can be naturally mite free.
Now, time to select the right mattress if you have any of these nighttime annoyances! There is a wide range from a soft memory foam mattress to a firm coir mattress. If you want comfort as well as firmness, go for a combination of both. You can also opt for a little springiness to your bed with different kinds of spring constructions – while a pocket spring mattress gives you a bouncier bed, a Bonnell spring mattress is right for you if you need firmness. Keep the fabric in mind and also the overall construction, the use of supporting materials, etc.