As is our mattress, so is our day. This is an exaggerated way of pointing out how extremely important it is to have a properly chosen and unworn mattress. Don’t know what shape yours is in? In this blog, we’ll shine a light on what will reveal this and advise you on which criteria to look for when choosing a new mattress.
How do you feel after waking up
None of us want to feel tired, groggy or struggle with back pain in the morning. If you’re only experiencing these problems for a short time or occasionally, it may not be anything serious. All of us have the occasional night’s sleep that doesn’t go well. Morning pain in your back or other parts of your body, unless you have a medical problem, can be caused by, for example, an inappropriate body position while you sleep. It is different if you experience these problems for a long time. Then it’s time to think about the condition of your mattress and whether it is suitable for your needs.
Our body proportions, weight, age, gender, but also any health problems or limitations should serve as a compass when determining the criteria for a suitable mattress. In general, men and people of deeper weight should have a firmer mattress, while the opposite is true for women and people in a lower weight category. You should also think about the position you most often sleep in: if on your back or stomach, choose a firmer model, and if on your side, a softer type may be more suitable. Children need a firmer mattress with a medium firmness for healthy growth and proper development. Conversely, seniors will be more comfortable with softer and more resilient mattresses that are comfortable for them.
Specific types of mattresses are orthopaedic and medical. It is important to know the difference between them. An orthopaedic mattress provides support for the entire musculoskeletal system and ideal weight distribution. A medical mattress is suitable for people who are bedridden for a long time and for allergy sufferers. Before buying, check with the manufacturer whether they have certificates for their products, which should testify to their quality.
Topper as an alternative
It is possible that your mattress is relatively new and unworn, but you are not satisfied with its properties. For example, when buying one large mattress for a double bed, the problem may be that each partner needs a different level of firmness. A topper may be the ideal solution. It is used to change the firmness of a mattress or to refurbish an old mattress. A topper is an inexpensive solution and also has the advantage of providing hygienic protection for the mattress.
The life cycle of a mattress
Every mattress, once purchased, has certain characteristics: it has a certain firmness, it provides a certain level of support and adaptability for our comfort. It can be orthopaedic, antibacterial or anti-allergic, and so on. But as the years of sleeping on it go by, it gradually loses these properties and ceases to be the necessary support for our spine and the rest of the body. In addition, the hygiene aspect is also important. After a few years, the mattress is full of dust, bacteria, dust mites, dead skin and sweat.
You may feel that your current mattress isn’t too worn out yet, you sleep well on it and there’s no need to change it. But the truth is that after 5 to 8 years of regular use, it’s time to replace it.
If, thanks to this article, you’ve discovered that your mattress is due for retirement and you need a new one, don’t despair and do so as soon as possible. This investment in your health and a better quality of life will pay for itself many times over. After all, as the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said, “Health is not everything, but without health everything is nothing.”
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