Getting a sound and satisfactory sleep is as important as breathing for our body. Sleep relaxes and rejuvenate our nerves, organs and most importantly, our brain, for the complete functioning and management of the human body. An individual deprived of sleep very soon starts showing signs of mental and physical stress which take a toll on his health within no time. There are many factors which contribute to give a person a peaceful sleep like stress level, room temperature, comfort, and coziness. But the first building block for a restful slumber is the bed or more specifically the mattress on which we lie down. It is important that the mattress gives our body the right posture, support, and comfort. A sleep surface affects your help in terms of causing pain in any part of the body due to sleeping in wrong posture or quality of material used which may cause allergy on the skin or body etc.
As per a study in www.health.com, there is a close correlation between the type of mattress used and the way our body is positioned during sleep. Ideally, a mattress should position our body in a neutral posture, where the spine has a nice curvature support, heels, buttocks, shoulders, and head are properly aligned If the bed is too soft, the pressure points of the body would not get the relaxing positioning and the body flops back. Whereas if it is too hard, an excess stress will be created on the pressure points and they will move out of the alignment. Everybody structure has a different need, and accordingly, a choice has to be made.
Some basic parameters to get a right comparison are:
It is the mattress core which provides support to the body of the person lying on it. There are four types of mattresses to choose from:
• Innerspring: It gives the bouncy feel. It has a metal coil fixed with gauge setting from 12 (which is firmest) to 18 (which is thinnest and most compressible). It has either a foam outer layer that is covered with quilted fabric, or is fiber-filled. It seems to be really fascinating in the showroom, but the spring does not have a very good life.
• Foam Mattress: Better choice for those who like firm beds, it has a polyurethane core. The thickness of foam which varies between 2 to 6 inches and the density of foam per cubic foot varying between 5 to 3 pounds determine its firmness.
• Latex mattress: ideal for those who like moderate bounce, these mattresses are antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and bedbugs. They have a synthetic texture, some come with natural latex filling are expensive and durable.
• Air-filled: These are air-filled vinyl or rubber chamber mattresses, in which you can control the air intensity levels through a remote. With the chamber option, the air levels can be customized on either side of the bed, based on you and your partner’s need.
2: Lifestyles And Sleeping Patterns
As mentioned earlier, each of our bodies has separate unique needs and styles in terms of sleep. For example, people who sleep on their side would require pressure relief sought of the mattress like foam bed. Or a stomach sleeper would require a firm top mattress to avoid any sinking feeling while in bed. One who sleeps on the back requires proper alignment for his spine, someone how likes to sleep hot and cozy latex and foam mattress hold the body heat. People with sensitive skin would prefer antimicrobial mattresses etc.
In the words of Susan Miller, “ master the art of sleep, in order to improve your body, mind, and heart.”
By choosing a right mattress you eventually grow mentally and physically through sound sleep.