Well Being | Is your mattress affecting your sleep?

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A lot of things can affect your night’s sleep, but should we be looking more at our mattresses than other issues?

Stress. Hectic lifestyle. Dehydration. There are many reasons why some of us suffer from a bad night’s sleep. However, after investing so much in a mattress, we tend to forget that it may be the cause of our pain and sleepless nights.

How long have you had this mattress? Do you find yourself sleeping a lot better when not in your bed? You need to ask yourself these questions as you toss and turn during one of those restless nights. Check the springs in your bed and stuffing – it should be sturdy and strong. If it’s not, now may be the best time to invest in a new one.

Our mattresses have become an extension of the kitchen table as most of us bring our laptops, tablets and phones into the bedroom. Experts argue that our brains are not switching off in the bedroom thanks to us checking our emails and scrolling through newsfeeds. Indeed, they say that the emission of lights from our devices is particularly disruptive to the brain’s natural bedtime mechanism and can keep you up longer.

There is little evidence to clarify if a firm or soft mattress is better for your sleep – it all depends on issues such as your weight and level of comfort you need and want. Just as you would test drive a car, you need to spend at least 20 minutes lying horizontally on it before buying. If it’s not comfortable at all, you simply need to get a new one.

One other plausible reason for your lack of sleep could be a reaction to the dust mites which can be found in and on your bed. Many of us are unaware that we are allergic to buggers. Washing sheets and pillowcases frequently in hot water can help rid your linens of dust mites.