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The Importance of Mattress Selection to Restful Sleep

Mattress Quality and sleep

For anyone who has trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night, it's important to identify the root cause of the problem. Some sleep issues are caused by medical conditions, while others are associated with heightened levels of stress and anxiety. If neither one applies to you, your sleep problems could be caused by something simple — an old, worn-out mattress that doesn't provide enough support where you need it most. Fortunately, today's mattresses are designed to cradle you in all the right places. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of mattress features for your comfort and well-being.

The Importance of Mattress Features for Comfort

When it comes to getting comfortable, the right mattress makes a world of difference. A mattress that's past its prime probably doesn't give you enough back support, which can result in pain and stiffness, making it difficult to get moving in the morning. Depending on how you sleep, some mattresses may even make existing pain worse, leaving you struggling to get enough rest.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the best sleeping position for most adults is on the back. Sleeping on your back evenly distributes weight across your body, ensuring that everything stays aligned while you're asleep. This sleep position also minimizes pressure points, relieving discomfort and making it easier to fall asleep and stay that way.

One of the most important reasons to invest in a high-quality mattress is because the right sleep surface can help keep your spine in a neutral position throughout the night. Maintaining the correct sleep posture may help you avoid muscle pain, joint pain and stiffness, improving the quality of your sleep and ensuring you get the right amount of rest.

Sleep Apnea and Your Mattress

Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition in which the airway becomes fully or partially obstructed while you're sleeping. The obstruction blocks airflow, depriving your body of the oxygen it needs to carry out life-sustaining functions. If you have sleep apnea, you may snore loudly, wake up gasping for air or experience brief pauses of breathing during the night. Sleep apnea may also cause daytime drowsiness, excessive daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, headaches and dry mouth upon waking.

If you have sleep apnea, purchasing an adjustable mattress may help you reduce your symptoms and get more rest. In a study conducted by researchers from the United States and Brazil, participants who slept with their beds slightly elevated had fewer symptoms of sleep apnea than participants who didn't. Getting an adjustable mattress won't cure your sleep apnea, but it may help you reduce the number of apnea episodes you have each night, improving the quality of your sleep.

Types of Mattresses

Shoppers have more options than ever when it comes to buying a comfortable mattress, with several manufacturers offering mattresses made from high-tech materials that have the potential to increase your comfort. When you start shopping, you're likely to see these types of mattresses on the market:

  • Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses are traditional mattresses made with coiled springs inside.
  • Memory foam: Mattresses made from memory foam conform to your body, which may ease aches and pains at night.
  • Pillow tops: A pillow top mattress is a traditional mattress with an additional layer of material on top. The extra material provides additional support and may increase your comfort.
  • Gel memory foam: Gel mattresses consist of memory foam infused with gel that can draw heat away from your body. These mattresses keep you cooler at night, which may help you avoid sweating and discomfort.
  • Latex: A latex mattress contains latex foam, which doesn't retain quite as much body heat as memory foam and is less dense.

High-Quality Mattress Brands

It's no longer necessary to visit a mattress showroom every time you need a new mattress. Many companies sell mattresses via the internet, giving you a wide range of options. For example, Saatva offers high-quality mattresses made with premium materials and engineered to help you avoid pain and discomfort. The mattresses offered by Leesa and Purple may also be a good fit for your needs.

Taking Care of Your Mattress

Once you invest in a top-quality product, the importance of mattress care can't be emphasized enough. The following tips can help keep your mattress in like-new condition:

  • Rotate your mattress 180 degrees every two to three months. You no longer need to flip over your mattress from time to time, but you should rotate it end-to-end to prevent lumps from forming.
  • Cover the mattress with a washable cover to prevent dust mites and moisture from penetrating the material. Eliminating dust mites from your bedroom may help you avoid allergy symptoms.
  • Vacuum the mattress regularly to eliminate allergens and keep it looking as clean as possible.
  • Check your bed frame every few months to determine if it needs to be replaced. Even high-quality mattresses can't improve your sleep quality if they're on top of broken frames or sagging box springs.

Budgeting for a Mattress

Mattress costs vary based on the size you need and the type of mattress you prefer; for example, a twin mattress costs less than the king version of the same model. You can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $2,000 or more for a mattress. Foam and innerspring versions are usually the least expensive, with prices ranging from approximately $500 to $900 for a foam mattress and $700 to $1,000 for an innerspring mattress. Hybrid mattresses and mattresses made with latex cost more, coming in at an average of $1,500 for both types.

If you have a limited budget, plan your purchase around sales events. Financial expert Clark Howard recommends shopping for a mattress on a holiday weekend. You may be able to find a good bargain on Black Friday, Memorial Day or President's Day.

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