Did you know that by not getting enough sleep, you could be headed down a path to chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke?
When your quality of sleep goes down, inevitably, so does your life expectancy. People who toss and turn in their sleep, don’t get a deep sleep, can’t go through all their sleep cycles, wake up restless and in pain, experience sleep deprivation. This chronic problem stems from not getting enough sleep, or good enough quality of sleep, for several nights in a row.
Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of problems and affect your mental and emotional health as well as your physical health.
When people are overly tired, they can experience impaired brain activity, cognitive dysfunction and become more accident prone which can all result in accidental death.
Not only that but you become more susceptible to cold and flu viruses which will take longer to get over due to a weakened immune response. Many people also experience weight gain, memory problems, moodiness that affects those around them, and even can suffer from hallucinations when they do not get enough good sleep.
Sleeping is as vital to our health as eating and breathing, without it, we will die. Sleeping is even more important in children because children grow in their sleep. While children are sleeping the brain releases growth hormones.
This doesn’t happen when children are awake, so when children are having problems sleeping or getting poor sleep, their growth can be stunted. Not only does growth hormones make you big and strong but they help the body heal. If your children are injured or sick, they could take longer to recover if their sleep habits are poor.
Because your sleep is so important to the health of you and your family, you may want to consider the type of mattresses you are using in your household and if it is time to purchase new ones. There are several signs of needing a new mattress including:
o Waking up with aches and pain, stiffness, or sore muscles.
o You get better sleep on the couch or on another bed the house.
o Your mattress is sagging more than 1 inch, is lumpy, or the interior is exposed.
o Your mattress is over 7-9 years old.
How long your mattress will last depend on a lot of factors such as how it is used, the quality of the set, so there is no magic number of years to determine when to change your mattress. However, waking up in pain or any damage or defects to the bed are definite cause for replacement.
Before running out to purchase a new bed, check to see if you have a warranty on your mattress that is active. If you do, you can go to the manufacturer’s website or to the information to file a claim or contact the warranty company.
If you get unlucky and your mattress is no longer under warranty, there are a few things to keep in mind when searching for your new mattress
- Talk to Your Doctor- If you have any sort of health conditions the mattress that will be best for you may be one with a specific feature that your doctor can recommend. If you see a chiropractor, they can probably recommend a specific brand that is best for your back.
- Comfort- This seems pretty obvious, but it is very important to try out a mattress before you buy it. Purchasing online may be cheaper, but you need to find the mattress in a retail store and feel it, sit on it, and see it up close. Comfort is a matter of personal preference and what may be comfortable for someone else, may be be terrible for you.
- Support- Everyone needs to keep their spine alignment in mind when looking for amattress. Many people prefer beds with body contouring such as The NECTAR Bed, Tempur-Pedic , and other beds that use memory foam technology to create proper spine support.
- Motion Transfer- If you are married, or share a bed, you probably have motion transfer concerns. If your partner rolls around in bed, gets up frequently at night, or is a super early riser, the motion of them setting in and out of bed can disturb your sleep. Some of the best mattresses should have zero to little motion transfer.
- Temperature Control- If a mattress is too hot or too cold, this can reduce your ability to fall asleep and sleep comfortably. Regular discount mattresses don’t have technology that can reduce hot spots, disperse body heat and allow for air ventilation. Choosing a mattress with temperature control can help your mattress last longer as well because it doesn’t get moisture trapped inside.
- Warranty- If a bed has a short warranty period (from 1-5 years) you can bet the mattress
is low quality. Mattress retailers like NECTAR, who offer forever warranties and, Amerisleep who offers a 20- year warranty, can be sure to be the best mattresses. The longer warranty period shows confidence in the product and brand. Many of the highest reviewed mattresses have at least a 10-year warranty. The average lifespan of a mattress is anywhere from 7-9 years.
While you are shopping, you are going to need to know how to look for these things. You should never make an impulse decision to buy based on a sale or gimmick. Take time to go home and read through the reviews of all the mattresses that you are interested in. While you are shopping, take notes on the different features that you liked when sitting on the mattress.
You should be testing for support by lying down on your side and having someone tell you whether your spine is straight or not.
You should also be able to decide whether you think the mattress is comfortable, how much the mattress sinks when you sit on it and whether the mattress recovers quickly when you get up. To test for motion transfer simply have you and your shopping buddy both lay down on the mattress and take turns getting up, rolling over, shifting, and see if you can feel it. Keep in mind, a healthier sleep means a longer life, so don’t hesitate when it comes to investing in the perfect mattress for your health.