The way you feel when you’re awake depends directly on how you are sleeping. Thus, nourishing sleep is essential for us to survive and thrive. Without it, we can become irritable, unproductive, erratic and even delirious in extreme cases. How do you know if you’re getting a good night’s sleep?
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A Good Night’s Sleep Is Crucial
When you sleep, your body works to support healthy brain function and keep you strong health wise. Especially in children and teenagers, sleep can also help to support growth and development.
Most people might not realise the impacts of sleep deficiency but it can occur in an instant or harm you over time. For example, long term sleep deprivation can raise your risk for certain chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.
A good night’s sleep is also when we rebuild, replenish and rejuvenate. If we’re ill, we need sleep to get better. If we’re injured, we need sleep to heal. Without it, we would be far lesser versions of ourselves, and live for far less time.
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The little known effects of a poor quality mattress
One of the leading yet less known causes of sleep deprivation is (surprise!), bad mattress. Some of us are more fussy about our mattresses while some of us don’t really pay much attention to it. I personally find it surprising when I was doing my research to find out this is a factor we should look in. I also tried asking my family and friends and received a good lot of surprised looks when I asked if they ever considered their mattress as a potential source of their sleeping problems.
There are several reasons why your mattress may not be suited to you. Firstly, it could just be that it’s past its expiry date. Good mattresses only last about 9-10 years, so after that they need replacing. I have never kept count of the number of years I have used a mattress but I do know people tend to keep mattresses (especially spare mattresses in the spare guest room) for a number of years.
Other than this, have you ever considered that you may be allergic to your mattress? If you do find out that you are, there are a range of hypoallergenic mattresses and pillows available that you can use. Perhaps your mattress just isn’t suited to you. Depending on if you’re a side sleeper, back sleeper, or tummy sleeper, you may need a different degree of softness.
If you’re not sleeping well and now realise it may be your mattress, there are a wide range of companies that make good quality and affordable mattresses on the market (we use Koala Mattress). Make sure that you determine a budget and your specific needs first. Then, do your research thoroughly. After test-driving a mattress – yes, we mean laying down on it – compile a shortlist of your favourite beds. You might have a much better idea.
Don’t lose sleep any longer and don’t settle for sleep that is less than satisfactory. We have so much to accomplish in our daily lives, it’s time we pay more attention to our quality of sleep. We spend more than half our lives in our beds, so let’s try our best to make it comfy!