*Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.*
Having occasional sleep problems isn’t uncommon, but continuous waking or tossing and turning could be a sign something else is the culprit. Since sleep is so crucial to your health and overall wellbeing, it’s important to identify any issues that may be affecting your sleep. Your mattress can be the first place you start.
Does it matter what mattress you sleep on?
Mattresses come in all types of materials and sizes, ultimately offering a variety of firmness levels and benefits. For example, innerspring mattresses have more “bounce” and are generally most affordable, while memory foam mattresses offer a more firm foundation and virtually no motion transfer.
Mattresses definitely aren’t one-size-fits-all, as people have unique needs and preferences when it comes to their sleeping surface. So ultimately, it does matter what mattress you sleep on! It could be having a negative impact on your sleep, and that’s not something to take lightly.
What kinds of mattresses are there?
There are a wide variety of mattresses to choose from, ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Some of the most common are:
- Memory foam
There are several questions you should ask yourself about your mattress if you are struggling to get a good night’s rest.
Things to consider if you feel your mattress is affecting your sleep
HOW OLD IS YOUR MATTRESS?
The average mattress lasts around a decade, but that can vary depending on how often it is used, the material, and other factors. It’s important to note that if you’ve noticed your mattress becoming increasingly uncomfortable before that time, it may be a good idea to replace it. Check the warranty from the retailer or manufacturer to see if you are within the allotted time frame for a replacement.
IS THERE SAGGING?
One significant point of discomfort and interrupted sleep is a worn mattress that is sagging. If your mattress is sagging, that means you aren’t getting the proper support for your hips and spine. This can lead to considerable discomfort and pain. If you notice sagging, it’s time for a new mattress!
ARE YOU HAVING ISSUES WITH ALLERGIES OR ASTHMA WHEN YOU’RE IN BED?
Another problem people run into with their mattress is that it harbors hundreds of thousands to even millions of dust mites and allergens. Many don’t realize that their health may suffer from sleeping on a hotbed (no pun intended!) of allergy-inducing microorganisms. A mattress cover can surely help prevent serious problems, but eventually the mattress may need to be replaced.
YOU FEEL ACHES AND PAINS
There can be many reasons you might experience aches and pains, and your mattress is no exception. Pain generally means either your mattress isn’t supportive enough, or it’s old enough that it needs to be replaced. Don’t suffer needlessly with an inadequate sleeping surface and get it replaced soon!
What to do if you think your mattress is affecting your sleep
If you suspect your mattress is causing you sleep problems, you should consider purchasing a new one soon. Significant loss of sleep can contribute to a number of health problems. Most retailers or manufacturers offer a free trial period that allows you to send the mattress back if you don’t like it, so take advantage of the offers available to you.
What else could be affecting your sleep?
If you don’t think your mattress is what’s behind the frequent wake-ups or excessive daytime sleepiness, you could potentially be suffering from a condition called sleep apnea. It is estimated that more than 22 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, which means a large number of people are having problems with sleeping. Sleep apnea causes the soft tissues in the back of the throat to collapse, impairing normal breathing.
HOW IS SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
Sleep apnea fortunately can be adequately treated with a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and holds the airway open with a set pressure while the person is sleeping. This prevents the soft tissues in the throat from collapsing during sleep.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CPAP DEVICE
Traditional methods of cleaning CPAP devices like soap and water are time consuming and laborious. Fortunately, a much better method exists, and that is ozone! Ozone is an extremely effective cleaning agent and is made up of three oxygen atoms, making the gas an excellent sanitizing agent.
Simply place your washable equipment in the provided Sleep8 bag, plug it into the device, and press start! You can walk away and by time you come back your ozone cleaning should be complete. It’s as simple as that!