A third of your life is spent in bed. The quality of your mattress will determine whether that time is spent in beautiful, restorative sleep or tossing and turning.
As you sleep, your mattress affects blood circulation in the capillaries, the fine blood vessels under your skin. Lying on a part of your body for a long time diminishes the oxygen and nutrients reaching that part of the body because the weight placed on it reduces the flow of blood to it.
Your brain senses this and you roll over, which restores blood circulation but momentarily interrupts your sleep.
However, when it comes to mattresses, what’s good for one person isn’t necessarily good for another.
Which is the Best Mattress for You?
Getting the best mattress for you is not about buying the most expensive one. The price of a mattress doesn’t always reflect its quality.
Rather, a huge price tag on a mattress is a result of the materials that go into manufacturing it and the profit margin set by the vendor.
People sleep differently and have different bodies, so what makes a mattress good for you is highly subjective. Some people prefer soft mattresses whereas others prefer to sleep on firm mattresses.
There might not be enough scientific evidence supporting one type of mattress or another. Nevertheless, people suffering from certain medical conditions seem to have better quality sleep on certain types of mattresses.
People suffering from neck and back pain are better off sleeping on a medium-firm mattress. If a mattress is too soft, you’ll sink.
And if it’s too firm, it will exert too much pressure on the back of your head, shoulders and base of your spine. Your spine will likely have the proper balance of cushioning and support on a medium-firm mattress, such as the Avocado Mattress.
Alternatively, you could use a softer pillow top on a firm mattress. If you need to keep your head raised while you sleep, you can buy an adjustable bed.
At times, doctors advise people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) to keep their heads elevated in order to breathe easier and to prevent heartburn at night as a result of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Try It Before you Buy It
You test drive a car before buying it. Similarly, before spending hundreds of dollars on a mattress, you need to test it.
Don’t be shy about it.
Make sure the mattress is comfortable in various positions, especially the position in which you usually sleep. In short, find a mattress that provides adequate support without exerting too much pressure on your body.
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