The power of a good night's sleep should never be underestimated.
“As we sleep, our body's serotonin levels are restored, our immune systems are rejuvenated and our memories are sharpened,” says Will Katzell of Logan’s Sleep World.
“Because sleep is so integral to everyday functioning, it is essential to get a good night's rest. To do this, it is important to sleep on a mattress that is right for each individual,” Katzell explains.
“Doing so will cause you to wake up rejuvenated and refreshed. Sleeping on the wrong mattress, on the other hand, will result in many sleepless nights, waking up cranky and suffering from back pain.”
Katzell emphasizes that mattresses are displayed in stores for a reason. They aren't put there to look pretty, he says. They're put there so potential buyers can test them out by lying down on them.
“Don’t just sit on the edge of the mattress,” Katzell suggests. “You cannot possibly make a decision by doing that because you're going to spend the majority of your time lying on it, not sitting on it and when you do lie down, it's not going to be on the edge of the mattress, it's going to be in the middle.”
He says customers should get a feel for the mattress by lying on it in their usual sleep position.
“If there's two of you, lie on it at the same time to see how it supports your weight. Lie on it for one to 10 minutes.”
The two important factors to consider are comfort and support.
“When lying on your side, your spine should be straight, and when you lie on your back it should maintain it's natural curve,” Katzell explains
Comfort comes from the padding. It serves to cushion the body from the support of the springs and should mould itself to the shape.
“According to orthopedic experts, you should go for the firmest, most supportive mattress you find comfortable.”
A bed that is too firm will put pressure on the heavier parts of the body, particularly the hips, signalling your body to turn over and resulting in a night of tossing and turning. A bed that is too soft will result in the spine not being properly aligned. Muscles will tense up and have to work harder to make up for the lack of support.
Memory Foam beds are gaining in popularity, especially with couples. Because memory foam reacts to changes in temperature (firmer in cool, softer in warm) it reacts to the heat the body naturally emits throughout the evening, conforming to mould around each unique shape.
When two people are in the bed, the memory foam will mould around both of them, ensuring a better rest. Memory foam mattresses are denser and more supportive than standard mattresses.
“Keep in mind that it takes 15 minutes for the mattress to completely respond to your body's heat and settle into true form,” Katzell explains.
He reiterated how important it is to lie on the mattresses for several minutes.
“What may feel just right at first may become too soft as the minutes pass, so give it a good, long chance to adapt to your shape.”