Getting a good night's sleep is extremely important to your overall health and well-being. Many factors contribute to a restful night of sleep. Hormones such as melatonin, which regulates your sleep and wake cycles, as well as other hormones, such as estrogen. Many menopausal women struggle with insomnia. Stress can also cause insomnia, or sometimes it may induce a mild depression and no matter how much you sleep, you don't feel well-rested. Other medical conditions, especially if you have pain, can interfere with your sleep.
While you may have no control over some of these factors, you do have control over things like how much daylight comes into the room and the temperature of your bedroom. Perhaps the biggest contributing factor to a good night's sleep that you do have control over is your bed. Here is what you need to know about mattresses:
Do You Need A New Mattress?
Many people are reluctant to buy a new mattress because they are often a major purchase for some. But when you consider one-third of your life, in theory, is spent in bed, your perspective may change. An old, worn out mattress will not provide the support your body needs to get a restful night of sleep. Your body needs to be in alignment as you sleep, with your spine in alignment with the rest of your body.
If your mattress is old, chances are it isn't very firm anymore. A sagging mattress will not be able to support the weight of your body. This will lead to tossing and turning, and a sore back and stiff joints come morning. If your mattress is ten years old or older and you are waking up in pain, this is your sign it's time for a new mattress. If your mattress isn't that old, but you are still waking up in pain, it may be too soft or too firm for you.
What Are Your Mattress Options?
There are three main types of mattresses to choose from, each with their different advantages:
An innerspring mattress is a traditional mattress. Coil springs provide the support. They are available with a wide range of features, such as a pillowtop or extra padding, and they come at several price points, making them affordable for most people.
Memory foam mattresses are made from different types and layers of foam. The foam allows the mattress to conform to the body. They are particularly good for people with chronic muscle pain, such as fibromyalgia sufferers.
Latex mattresses are made of rubber. They are good for people who like a firm mattress that provides support but also provides comfort. Back pain sufferers often get their best sleep on a latex mattress.
Contact a store that has queen-sized mattresses for more information and assistance.Share