There are various reasons why American consumers purchase new mattresses for personal use. While the most common reasons are still the bed’s age and physical defects due to wear and tear, majority of the consumers also believe that a good night’s sleep essentially depends on what type of mattress they are sleeping on.
Gone are the days when the only option for shoppers is the box-spring type of mattress. Dozens of developments have been made to cater to the growing demands of consumers for mattresses that promote health and wellness. Some bed manufacturers have stopped using toxic chemicals and allergy-inducing materials. Most Americans will only be satisfied with their purchase if materials used to manufacture the mattress have been scrutinized and certified by widely-recognized testing laboratories.
What exactly constitutes a ‘good night’s sleep’?
It’s once widely believed that having at most eight hours of shut-eye is already considered a “good night’s sleep”. However, the quantity of sleep is just half of the equation – it’s actually the quality of sleep that weighs more.
According to several Harvard studies, not getting enough sleep can be due to a number of factors. It might be due to an existing medical condition (i.e. diabetes, heartburn, depression, etc.) that prevents you from sleeping like a baby. It might also be because of a snoring partner or one who tosses and turns all night.
Yet sometimes, the simplest explanation might just be because you are trying to sleep on an unsuitable mattress, which ultimately affects your health and work efficiency.
Finding your ideal mattress
The truth is, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all ideal mattress. After all, each body is unique in its own way. The perfect mattress, then, is one that fits your personal preference and body requirements.
There are several factors that most buyers seriously consider before buying a new mattress: support, comfort, space, cost, and the shopper’s own body weight. For this reason, it’s imperative for shoppers to visit their local mattress stores and do some actual ‘rest tests’ to confirm their body’s compatibility with their chosen mattress.
Additional factors to consider are if the bed is intended to hold more than one person (i.e. couples), or if the sleeper has an allergic reaction to bed fibers or latex. Age can also be a factor, as children are vulnerable to some of the chemicals used in processing mattress foams. These chemicals can potentially lead to respiratory illnesses.
The quest for a good night’s sleep continues as more consumers are becoming aware of the detrimental effects of lack of sleep on their work and personal lives. Finding the right mattress to suit your needs is the ideal first step towards getting a good sleep.
Not Sleeping Well? There May Be a Medical Cause, HelpGuide.org
Why not getting a good night’s sleep could have a catastrophic effect on your health, Mirror.co.UK