Your Mattress Is More Important Than You Think

Do you remember the time you went and bought your mattress? I bet you didn't give much thought on how important it is to you. What about when you bought your car? How much time did you spend choosing the model, the color, the engine size, and of course all the extras? Now think how much time you spend in your car, and how much time you spend on your mattress. We spend around a 1/3 of our lives in our beds!

Your Mattress

The bedroom is a place where we unwind after a hectic day, and the mattress is what we take for granted to get a good night’s sleep. Can you imagine how you would feel if you weren’t comfortable in your own bed, tossing and turning all through the night. What kind of physical and mental state would you have to challenge the day ahead? Lack of sleep not only makes you sluggish, but also affects your immune system, which of course has an after effect on both your body and mind.

Now that you understand the importance of your bed, you now have to spend your money where you spend your time. If your mattress is between 4-7 years old then you need to consider buying a new one.  If you have slept somewhere else (i.e. hotel or friend’s house) and you felt more comfortable and woke up in the morning more refreshing, this is a sign you need to change your own mattress.  A good mattress is the one that is comfortable, not too firm and not too soft, supporting your body during your sleeping hours. 

Tips on Buying your Mattress

  • You definitely need to try the mattress before you buy it. Lay down on the mattress for at least 10 minutes. Don’t feel intimidated when trying out your mattress; in fact the sales person (if professional) should encourage you to try a few samples.
  • Ask the sales person which type of mattress is the best for your most common sleeping position – whether you sleep on your side, faced up or faced down.
  • Avoid any salespersons persuasive pre-selling comments and any advertising ‘discounts’ or ‘special offers’. Don’t forget this is your health we are talking about; let your body do the talking for you.
  • If you share your bed with a partner make sure they are there with you to test. The last thing you want is to buy a mattress that is comfortable and supportive for you, but not for your partner. If you share with different partners each night then . . . . 1. Good for you J 2. You get first pick of buying the mattress that suits you!

Tips for Caring for your Mattress

  • When transporting to your home, do not try to fold or bend it as this will cause damage to the inner part. Prefer to get it delivered to you by professionals.
  • After using for about a month, rotate it 180 degrees so where your head was resting your feet should be and vice-versa. Rotate your mattress every few months thereafter to maintain a balance within the structure of your mattress.
  • Like most new things, there might be an odor to your new mattress so let it ‘breathe’ for a good 4-5 hours before you cover and use it.
  • Using your bed as a trampoline and having pillow fights on it is great fun, especially for the kids, but you could damage the interior construction of the mattress and of course yourselves.
  • Be sure to follow any specific instructions from the manufacturer for best results.

To conclude, choosing the right mattress for you is as important as eating the right foods and exercising.  After all, staying healthy and living a better lifestyle is all that matters. 

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