Despite spending nearly a third of your life on a mattress, it’s surprising how many people don’t take the consequences of buying the wrong one seriously. It’s not that people don’t recognize the need for a comfortable one. In fact, 92 percent of people say a comfortable mattress is important for a good night’s sleep. However, people aren’t realizing the health benefits that come from sleeping on not just a comfy mattress, but the right mattress at the same time.
Consider the following health benefits that you could enjoy by choosing the right mattress, then keep them in mind the next time you visit a mattress sale.
Say Goodbye to Stress
Research shows that approximately 44 percent of Americans report that their stress levels have increased in recent years. With that figure in mind, it’s vital that you are doing everything you can to get not only a good night’s sleep, but one that helps you to destress.
For a long time, Americans believed that the firmer a mattress, the better it is for your health. However, in one study, researchers found that when a healthy group of individuals slept for 28 consecutive nights in their own bed, and then 28 consecutive nights on a new, medium-firm mattress, they reported feeling a significant decrease in perceived stress levels. According to the study, this decrease in stress is likely due to the increase in the quality of sleep and the decrease in pain that comes from lying on a firmer mattress.
When looking for a new mattress, it might be the medium-firm one that’s better for your mental health, rather than a firm one.
Don’t Put Up With Pain
Your mattress is supposed to provide you with an ample level of support. A good mattress will give your body the support it needs to maintain a healthy posture. It will allow your spine to stay straight while keeping the pressure off the parts of the body most critical to spinal alignment.
By choosing a mattress that takes pressure off of your neck, spine and waist, you are less likely to wake up feeling sore, achy, and stiff.
Consider Your Allergies
Many Americans suffer from allergies like asthma and are allergic to dust mites. Unfortunately, dust mites gravitate to mattresses because of the amount of dead skin cells found there. The buildup of dust and mites can lead to your health deteriorating during the night. When you choose your new mattress, you should consider hypoallergenic ones or, at the very least, an allergy-proof slipcover.
When you visit a mattress sale store, try the mattresses for at least 15 or 20 minutes to really get a feel for them. Your health matters, both physical and mental, so don’t put it at risk by sleeping on the wrong mattress.
Changes in Back Pain, Sleep Quality and Perceived Stress After Introduction of New Bedding Systems, NCBI.nlm
How the Right Mattress Can Help Your Health, Healthable.org