As Mums we all know that feeling of having just too many things to do in our week. Often when we’re so busy during the day we can end up losing sleep by going to bed later, or getting up early to make sure everything gets done. But whilst you think losing an hour or two of sleep every night won’t affect you too much, it can have a real effect on your health. I’ve written about sleep deprivation a few times, how it has affected all areas of my life and led me to do the many a crazy thing.
Getting a good night’s sleep can help your heart, weight, mind and much more. It can also help you learn new skills, as whilst we sleep our mind goes through what we’ve learnt during the day and helps us memorise it. Research has also found if you are only getting six or less hours sleep every night it can cause increased blood pressure, which could cause heart problems and other health issues. A good night’s sleep can also boost your creativity, help you keep attention during the day and relieve everyday stress.
Because it’s so important to get a good night’s sleep, it’s essential that you have everything suited to your preferences to help you get to sleep as soon as you lie down. Getting the right mattress is probably the most important part of this. A lot of people fail to choose the right firmness level for their personal preference and body type.
Whilst a soft mattress might sound the most comfortable, you might get a better night’s sleep on a firmer mattress. If your mattress is too soft for your body it could actually be causing you back problems and forcing you to toss and turn more frequently in the night. That’s because if your mattress is too soft it will let your body sink deep into the mattress into what is called a hammock position. Too much time spent in this position will force your hips and shoulders inwards towards your body, putting pressure on your joints and muscles and causing them to ache. It could also force your spine to curve and could even result in numbness and tingling throughout the day.
When you do buy a mattress, make sure you get one with a high spring count, like a pocket sprung mattress, that can spread the support of the mattress across your body. Experts also say you should replace your mattress every seven years, so if you’ve left it longer than that you had better get shopping sooner rather than later.
Whether you find a firm or a soft mattress is better for you, buying a new mattress can be the best investment you ever make for your sleep and you.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.