If you are not one of those people who does not stay up late to watch television, surf the net, read excessively, drink caffeine, over think things, bathe before bedtime, what could be the reason for your difficulty to sleep night after night? Could it be your sleeping environment, specifically, your mattress? According to European bedding.sg, these are tell-tale signs that your mattress can be affecting your sleep
- Have you woken up feeling unrested?
- Do you sleep better in a different bed, for example at a hotel or a relative’s home?
- Can you sense lumps, springs, or sagging in your mattress?
- Do you have to lie in a particular place in your mattress to get to sleep?
- Is it almost as easy for you to fall asleep on the sofa as it is in your own bed?
- Does your mattress make any sound when you move in bed?
Perhaps, it is high time to change your mattress, pillows, duvet, blanket, comforter, or any other stuff you have on your bedroom.
Haley Leigh Teng, a college student from Singapore shared how buying new bed linen helped her sleep better, “I was beginning to think that I have developed a sleeping disorder, perhaps an insomnia when I started studying in college. I wasn’t used to sharing a dorm room so I figured maybe my body was adjusting to my new life. And perhaps, the difficulty to sleep breeds from the fact that I don’t have a fix sleeping pattern since there are days in a week when I have to stay up late to study. But I figured that it is the old mattress that my mother sent me when I moved here that has been the evil culprit. The springs are old so I often hurt my lower back. I wake up with tense and strained shoulders. I figured too that my pillows are too thick and hard that I needed to buy new ones in this store in downtown Singapore.” She ended up buying a memory foam pillow and said she slept better as they are soft and tender. Annie Stuart who wrote for webmd.com about the pros and cons of using memory foam pillows explains the reason behind this, “First designed in the mid-1960s for NASA airplane seats, memory foam is made from a substance called viscoelastic. It is both highly energy absorbent and soft. Memory foam molds to the body in response to heat and pressure, evenly distributing body weight. It then returns to its original shape once you remove the pressure.”
Rosie Osmun also emphasized the importance of using the right bedding to have a good night slumber and protect our health in her article Optimize Your Bedroom for Better Sleep for amerisleep.com, “Certain fabrics have ‘moisture-wicking’ properties, meaning they absorb excess moisture and keep you more comfortable. These include cotton, wool, silk, bamboo and linen, while others like polyester and synthetic satin can actually trap moisture and make you warmer. You don’t need the highest thread count sheets on the market, but bedding fabrics should feel nice against your skin and not distract you from getting cozy. If you live an area with distinct winters and summers, using different bedding (thicker for winter/thinner for summer) can also help keep you comfortable. If dust or mold allergies are a concern, many experts recommend using allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers and frequently washing bedding to help reduce sleep-stealing allergens.”