It’s happened to most of us, at one point or another: we stay up too late catching up on “Game of Thrones” or engrossed in the newest thriller from our favorite author. Or maybe we stay out a little past our bedtime celebrating a special occasion. Other times, it could be a sick child or even just a case of insomnia that deprives us of our full eight hours. No matter what the reason, the next day is never fun. We might struggle to stay alert at work, or down two many espressos in an effort to maintain our focus. Some people sneak in a nap — more than half of American adults nap at least once a week, after all — or maybe just take steps towards getting better sleep the next night.
The effects of sleep deprivation can be extremely detrimental not just to our productivity, but also to our overall health, especially if that deprivation is ongoing. Various heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, and weight gain are all effects of sleep deprivation. Those of use who routinely fail to get a better night sleep are also more prone to accidents, forgetfulness and other cognitive impairments.
If you suffer for poor sleep, you’ve probably tried all the old remedies and natural ways to sleep better: shutting off your TV and other screens an hour before bed; drinking warm milk or chamomile tea; developing a bedtime ritual to help your mind prepare for sleep; or taking a supplement like valerian. But have you ever considered that your mattress may be able to help?
Latex mattresses, memory foam mattresses and orthopedic adjustable beds are all options for people who are chronically tired. All of these help support the body more effectively than traditional mattresses, which are often flat and, to some degree, unyielding. Latex and memory foam mattresses conform to your body, making you more comfortable. Adjustable beds help your spine maintain its natural “S”-curve, which can greatly impact your overall health.
If you have any of the symptoms of sleep deprivation, and are looking for ways to sleep better without drugs, why not look into a mattress upgrade? It may seem like a big change, but remember that this is an investment in your health as well as in your day-to-day well-being.