This is a guest post by Lisa Reed, an interior designer, DIYer, and promoter of quality sleeping. With years of experience in sleep ergonomics and biomechanics, she writes about latest trends in the mattress industry for Somtex Sleep Lab.
A survey conducted in early 2012 revealed that 6 in every 10 American adults would forego sex for better sleep! This report also showed that 45% of Americans regularly doze off in strange places- including yoga classes, other people’s apartments, while walking, at work, and others. This is a sneak-peak of how a great percentage of people around are sleep-deprived.
The real value of good, healthy sleep is priceless. Quality sleep is associated with numerous health benefits, increased productivity, more energy for a fulfilled life, and a better mood through the day. The amount or quality of sleep we get, however, doesn’t only depend on our habits but on the type of surface we sleep on. In fact, 9 in 10 respondents interviewed by National Sleep Foundation to find out “what makes a good night’s sleep” admitted that their mattress was a vital component of their sleep experience.
Mattresses are not designed equal. This is because our body types are different, and so are our needs for the perfect sleeping surface. The key thing in choosing a mattress is finding one that will keep your spine neutral when you lie on it in your regular sleeping position. Here are some choices in the market today:
1. Air mattresses.
With this type of mattress, support for your body comes from pressurized air enclosed in chambers. The air chambers are covered with foam for extra comfort. The best thing about air mattresses is that they can be altered to different levels of firmness. Even if your body changes its shape or weight with time, you still can use the same mattress and sleep comfortably. All you need is to adjust its firmness to fit your current needs.
Also, some designs enable inflation of one side to accommodate partners who share the mattress but they have different preferences of firmness. For instance, a person with small hips that are almost aligned with their waistline can comfortably sleep on a firm surface, unlike one with broad hips and a thin waist. Unless one partner wants to compromise their comfort, it could be helpful to get an air mattress which can be inflated to different levels of firmness to accommodate their distinct needs.
2. Innerspring mattresses.
These are among the popular mattresses in use today. They offer good support to the sleeper through the coil springs used in the mattress. On top of the springs, there could be different materials such as latex, memory foam, pillow, and others. These are used to provide comfort.
Innerspring mattresses come in different levels of firmness and coziness. This enables consumers to have a variety of choices to compare. Generally, these designs of mattresses are comfortable for people of almost any body type and size. Nevertheless, an overweight person will hardly find a better mattress than an innerspring. They offer firm support for such a person to sleep and turn comfortably as well as get in and off the bed easily. This mattress is also a perfect fit for one who suffers from back pain.
3. Memory foam mattresses.
This kind of mattress is characterized by an arrangement of layers of foam of different densities. One key feature about the foam used in these mattresses is that it responds to the temperature and weight of the sleeper. At first, they will feel firm but begins to soften in response to the body heat of the sleeper. Besides, they will mold into the shape of the sleeper’s body even if they change their sleeping positions throughout the night.
With such a mattress, any body type will enjoy comfort. This is because even if you have broad hips, a thin waistline, and you are lying on your side, the mattress curves more at the area around your hips. This aligns your pelvis bones so that your spinal cord remains straight. Also, your weight distributes evenly and the pressure around the hips, shoulders or any other point is relieved enabling you to sleep comfortably.
A good mattress should offer you unparalleled support and comfort while sleeping. This way, you will sleep without regular tossing and wake up feeling refreshed. It also gets rid of any feelings of muscle fatigue or back pain thus enabling you to lead a happier life.