If you find yourself waking up in the morning feeling stiff, sore or groggy, you may think you’re coming down with a cold or virus. But, if this feeling continues, it could be your far from perfect mattress which is making you feel like this. A lack of quality sleep can also leave us feeling grumpy, irritable and down. And according to the NHS, sleep problems can even contribute to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
So, if you’re concerned that your mattress may be affecting your mood or health, or if it’s been a while since you changed it, here are some tips on how to choose the perfect mattress:
Find a bed specialist
The choice in mattresses can be overwhelming, as well as choosing the correct size, you have to decide on what material it’s made from and the firmness of it. Working with a mattress specialist like Snug Interiors can make it easier to come to this decision. They’ll spend time understanding your needs and offer guidance on which mattress is best suited to you so you can enjoy quality sleep once more.
Know when it’s time to change
The National Bed Federations advises that a mattress should be changed every seven years. Though some mattresses can last up to ten years. However, an article in the Good Housekeeping magazine shows that some people are sleeping on mattresses which are around 40 years old!
If you can feel the springs through the covering, if you’re finding that you have to continually shift position during the night or if you are getting up in the morning feeling sore, then you know it’s time for a new mattress.
Decide on a budget
The huge range in mattresses also means they vary in price. A budget single mattress can cost as little as £70, while there are double mattresses being sold for a much as £10,000! While we shouldn’t put a limit on our health and wellbeing, you shouldn’t feel the need to spend more than you can afford as there are good quality mattresses available in all price ranges.
Understand how you sleep
You may not realise it, but you change position several time during your sleep cycle. However, most of us have a preferred way of sleeping. This may be on the side, facing down on laid flat on the back. The interesting thing is the way you sleep can affect the firmness of mattress you need. For instance, people who sleep on their front need a medium to firm mattress, while people who sleep on their side are better off with a very soft to medium mattress.
Know your mattresses
Where mattresses only once came with coiled springs, they are now available in a range of materials. Memory foam, for instance, is perfect for providing support to the entire body and the cooling properties of latex is perfect for those who find they overheat at night. While a hybrid mattress combines memory foam and springs to offer the best of both worlds.
Now you know how to find your perfect mattress you can look forward to an undisturbed nights sleep and having lots of energy to do the things you really enjoy.