You roll over and look at the clock for the 10th time in the same hour. Even though it’s the middle of the night, you still can’t sleep and struggle with unwinding after a long day. Feeling restless and grappling with aches and pains at night may feel like the new normal, but that doesn’t mean you’re functioning. In reality, you could be sleep deprived. According to WebMD, the signs you’re not getting enough sleep include needing a stimulant like coffee to get going in the morning, feeling irritable, struggling with short-term memory and having a hard time focusing.
A quality night’s sleep of seven or eight hours is within everyone’s reach. And the reason behind your sleep struggles could be the mattress you’re sleeping on. If you’re suffering from aches, pains and poor sleep, you can explore how to get a better night’s rest with the right mattress. Here’s how to get started.
Get the right mattress size
A full mattress might work fine if you live alone, but it doesn’t leave much room for more than one person. If you and your partner are sleeping on a full mattress and not getting a good night’s rest, it may be time to upgrade to a king mattress. Research the different types online to find a bed that suits the needs of both you and your significant other.
Ditch the sagging mattress
You may think you’re sleeping okay, but that permanent crick in your neck or lower back pain may have nothing to do with your stress level. In reality, a sagging mattress is like sleeping in a hole. There’s no support for your body or way to really align your spine properly when rolling into your sagging mattress. Although you don’t necessarily need an extra firm mattress to deal with your aches and pains, you need at least a firm enough mattress that holds its shape while giving you a good night’s rest.
Do a mattress test
There’s no rule that you can’t test a mattress, even if you bring a pillow from home. Take the time to lie down and give your body time to settle into the mattress while lying on different sides. Pay attention to how your joints, spine and hips feel while laying down. You may find an extra firm mattress doesn’t give quite the comfort you want. But going too soft can actually make your back aches and pains feel worse without the right support. Either go for an in-between support or look at the different levels of memory foam that can adjust as it absorbs your body.
Finding just the right mattress can feel elusive, but doesn’t have to be. Look for a combination of size, firmness and comfort, and test drive it before bringing it home. But it’s also important not to skimp on planning and rush the process. When you spend a third of your life asleep, it’s important to find the best mattress to meet your needs.