We want to do anything to make sure that our daily 8-hour sleep is fulfilled. Not just that, we also want to know that we’re not spending our precious sleeping time in the wrong mattress! The consequences can be horrible and you probably don’t want to know.

But since you’re here, it won’t hurt to know how a mattress can affect various aspects of your life for the better or worse. It won’t take much time compared to the hours you’ll be spending sleeping and in pain from sleeping in the wrong bed!

Health Issues Associated with Mattresses

Throughout the history of sleeping, there have been various conditions that are exacerbated or caused by the mattress of the users. The problem was solved or simply got much better from the removal of the current mattress.

And make no mistake: all these conditions will affect your sleep quality, no matter how small.

Allergic Reactions

For those of you who still sleep on feather pillows, you are probably familiar with this condition. You wake up, feeling like sneezing at everything. You know that you’re reacting to something, but you can’t seem to pinpoint what it is that causes you to sneeze all the time. The reaction is usually gone by midday when you’re already busy commuting and working on the premises of your home.

Mattresses of synthetic materials are the main culprit in this case if it’s not that feather pillow or the piled up dust in your room. This kind of mattress is the home of multiple fungi, dust mites and other small creatures you don’t want to know. Not to mention the fact that it can actually oxidize into the air, mixing with oxygen and inhaled by you.

Lung Health

Similar to what was explained before, the chemicals that fly around the air will then be absorbed by you, who breaths. They go into your lung and as you keep sleeping and breathing in that bed, you’ll just keep on piling up those chemicals in your lungs. They’ll eventually create a situation there, causing problems in your respiratory system.

One most common case is asthma, which can easily escalate when the sufferer inhaled too many dangerous substances. A test on mice shows that polyurethane caused the largest airflow decrease and emits dangerous volatile chemicals mixtures. In a study on allergic asthma, the mattress is the place with the highest concentration of dust mites, the main culprit.

Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem that lots of users, and probably you, the reader too, can feel from immediate usage. We often think that the softer is our bed, the more comfortable and therefore, better for our back. This is not a wrong, but also a notion that is often mistaken.

For many back problems, instead of figuring out which bed is the most comfortable for you, careful observation is needed. You need to know that it’s not going to slowly shift your body’s posture or worsen your already unhealthy back condition. A bed cannot be too soft or too hard to your body. It has to be able to support you just enough, but still soft to create a comfort zone for you.

Various Spine Abnormalities

Our backbone is susceptible to various abnormalities that cause it to bend in an unnatural direction. According to National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF), up to 3% of US population is affected by scoliosis. There are majorly 3 types of scoliosis and the most common that can be found in people of various age range is idiopathic scoliosis.

Kyphosis has a higher incidence rate of up to 10% in school-age children alone. This has not included adults who are usually exposed to even more conditions that can cause kyphosis. And these are just 2 from many backbones abnormalities that are often caused by habits, lifestyle, and environment.

The wrong mattress may just worsen your condition. You thought that all that bed did was making you feel sore on your neck when it’s actually slowly shifting the bone, causing you to develop a neck hump. Others might experience prolonged lower back pain even after they change their mattress.

If you choose a mattress with the right firmness, your body posture will be correctly propped. Our spinal curvature has to be maintained even when we’re sleeping if we want to keep ourselves away from abnormal curvature. It cannot be too soft and cause the body to just sinks in or too hard that it’s stretching the bone abnormally.

What They All Lead To

Each of the medical condition we’ve discussed has their own negative effect on you. Aside from the pain that they induce, they all lead to one common problem that will give birth to even worse things: sleep deprivation. It’s such a simple, yet destructive condition to you and we urge you to pay attention to this.

Focus and Concentration

CDC’s feature on drowsy driving showcases that Approximately 800 people die every year from driving in a sleepy state. This hasn’t included injuries that can be permanent from the car crash incidence, which lurks behind 4% of 18-year-old and older adults. Out of 3500 drivers surveyed, AAA Foundation recent research shows that roughly 10% of total crashes had drowsiness inflicted on the drivers.

On a smaller scale, you can lose concentration when working, studying or simply in class. Sure, no harm can be inflicted there. However, you are slowly building an unhealthy lifestyle that will someday contribute to the statistics above.

Mood

Drowsiness can cause one to misjudge himself. We’re not saying that we’re better, but we are better. That is a research-based indicator of a sleep-deprived individual. Another sleep deprivation study featured in National Center for Biotechnology Information also shows that people with lack of sleep have decreased ability in recognizing facial emotions. Meaning, they are less sensitive when someone is angry or happy, reducing their capabilities to react accordingly.

Finally, NCBI also added that these individuals also feel more anxious, on edge and easier to get depressed after not getting the sleep they need. It can be understood that depression and anxiety are exacerbated when you lose sleep. You can get more sensitive, angrier and confused when you are losing your sleep.

Social Life

Of course, social life is affected. When you’re already an individual that is on edge from lack of sleep, your social life will be affected. Females are especially more affected by mood swings caused by sleep deprivation.

Obesity

The next time you think about going on a diet, try putting sleep into the list. If you cannot get a good night’s rest on your bed, you’re more likely to increase your weight. That’s right! As stated by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, sleep deprivation will increase your chance to be obese by 15%.

There’s also the fact that when you sleep, your body is actually burning calories to breathe and build your energy for the next day. You can burn 50-80 calories depending on your weight and, of course, the length of your sleep. So, imagine burning calories without doing anything at all.

The Mattress of Your Choice

It’s important, therefore, that you really take the matter of choosing where you sleep in seriously. It can affect you, your partner and your whole family because we are designed to spend 7-9 hours a day in it. There are various kinds of mattresses available out there, but let us briefly talk about the impact of foam mattress. You can guess that some of them have been slightly mentioned before.

Natural Latex

Natural latex is by far the healthiest choice of all types of foam mattress. And we’re talking about all-natural latex that has OEKO-TEX and GOLS Standard to prove it like the ones from LatexBear. These latex mattresses do not contain chemical ingredients that can be dangerous to be inhaled. They are also durable and won’t oxidize into the air.

The structure of natural latex is very great in preventing bugs and insects from thriving. Although it’s never completely bug-repelling (unless the necessary chemicals are infused in it), with proper maintenance, it will be a mattress that you’ll love for the long years to come.

The firmness and durability of natural latex are second to none. It has that hardness that also comes with softness above it, giving you both the comfort and support you need.

Hybrid with Synthetic Materials

Hypoallergenic mattresses are usually made of hybrid or memory foam. These mattresses are made of materials meant to prevent allergic reactions, particularly for asthma sufferers. If the allergy is your biggest concern and you really want to prevent anything from creeping up your mattress, this is the better choice.

Hybrid can also have mixed latex in it. It’s also the cheaper choice if you just know how to care well for it. However, unless it’s hypoallergenic, you are more likely to have allergic reactions when using this one.

Memory Foam (Synthetic)

Memory foam is a more bug-repellent structure compared to latex because of its tight structure. The foam makes it soft and allows the body to sink in, which can be good and bad depending on the level of softness and your body’s structure. If it sinks in too deep, you’ll tend to sleep hot, which means you’re not really sleeping as you’re kept awake from the heat.

Memory foam that sleeps cool has gel infused in it, which means more chemicals in your already chemical-based mattress. Although, it means you can have a better sleep with less heat and still the softness you love.

Published by Arina Smith