While humans all share the need for sleep, the quality of that sleep is different from person to person. However, very few of us are aware of the actual importance of a good night’s sleep on your wellbeing. Physical health, mental health, overall quality of life and even things like your general safety are all linked to the quality of the sleep you get, and that is linked to the quality of the mattress you’re sleeping on. From adjustability and durability, to types and test drives, here’s our simple guide to helping you select the best mattress for you
The physical and mental health benefits of buying a quality mattress
Sleep affects your immune system
The amount and quality of sleep we get, directly impacts how well our immune system functions. Studies have shown that some disease-fighting chemicals are created and released while we’re sleeping. Sleep deprivation decreases the availability of these substances, leaving us more susceptible to colds and viruses.
Sleep keeps you fit and happy
While it is obvious that tiredness makes us turn our backs on regular exercise and healthy cooking, what’s less obvious (but scientifically proven) is that when you don’t get enough sleep, your levels of leptin (which plays a key role in making you feel full) drop. So, when you’re tired, you think you’re hungrier, which makes you start to crave high-fat and high-calorie foods.
Sleep helps your brain
When you’re well rested, the part of your brain that controls speed and accuracy is more active than in people who are tired. What’s more, a good sleep after learning something new has also been shown to help retention, form new ideas and even pull knowledge together from different parts of the brain.
And that’s not all
A quality night’s sleep on a quality mattress will increase your focus, reduce stress and improve blood pressure and productivity. All of which can lead to better personal relationships, happier days and even longer lives.
How to spot a quality mattress over a regular mattress
While mattresses are not cheap, considering you’ll spend an average of 3,000 hours a year on yours, they are a worthwhile investment. To make it worth it, you’ll want to ensure they’re highly durable and remain comfortable for as long as possible. To help you ensure you do, here’s what to look for:
Quality brands make quality mattresses
A high-quality mattress will usually come from an experienced, reputable brand. As the old saying goes: “you get what you pay for”.
Good support will lead to good sleep
The best mattresses keep your body well supported with no discomfort or pressure on the hips, shoulders, ribcage or ankles. They will also keep your spine well aligned with the rest of your body and distribute your body weight across your frame.
Different mattresses meet different needs
It’s not just the price, material or design of a mattress that can change, there are now multiple types of mattresses that offer a range of benefits depending on your exact support needs. Ask an expert about pocket sprung mattresses, memory foam, latex and even coil spring to ensure you get the support you need while sleeping.
Our top three tips for selecting a quality mattress
Don’t be afraid to test your mattress out first
While you might feel a bit silly, it’s really worth testing out any mattresses you have your eye on instore, before you buy them. Set aside at least 15 minutes and test it as you would a real night’s sleep. Toss, turn and even snuggle into your partner as you test it out to full effect.
See if you need any specialist adjustments
You should think about consulting your doctor if you have any medical issues such as back pain or sleep apnea, before you talk to your sales assistant. Your doctor’s recommendation could make all the difference. Getting a balance between medical advice and the advice from your mattress expert will help you make the best decision for you and your exact needs.
Be aware of your mattress warranty
As a mattress is a sizeable investment, you should enquire whether it comes with a warranty before you complete your purchase. This ensures you can replace your mattress in the event it proves faulty, for example, with issues such as fraying material or broken springs, at no additional financial cost. On average, mattresses come with a warranty of 3-5 years.
A night of comfort is just a call away
The key to a good night’s sleep is finding the perfect mattress. With over 30 years providing expert sleeping solutions for customers across the country, The Natural Sleep Company can help you find whatever you need to know before you buy the right mattresses for you and your family. Contact our team of experts to learn more choosing the right mattress for you.