Sleeping Problems? Maybe it’s Your Mattress

The path to staying happy and healthy comes in large part due to sleep. Did you know that we spend one-third of our lives in bed? Wow, that’s quite a lot of time. And getting enough quality shut-eye impacts your immune system, your heart, your blood pressure, your emotional state and so much more. Makes sense to make sure you catch your ZZZ’s at night, right?

Moreover, as a modern-day woman so much is demanded of you. You may be in the middle of your career, or you may be a mom juggling with a husband, child and a job, or you may be a stay at home mother with all of the joys and difficulties that entails. No matter what defines you, waking up in the morning and feeling like a truck just ran over you is a definite no-no in today’s fast-moving world.

There are many reasons why that may be the case. You could be stressed out, and your mind never has the time to shut down, or you don’t take the time to plan for sleep because there just are not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

Have you ever thought to check your mattress?

The thing keeping you from sleeping could be what you are lying on. Let’s look at some of the most common signs that your mattress is the culprit robbing you of those quality ZZZ’s.

The soreness you feel can be linked to the bed at home

Do you have an aching back? The problem might be your mattress. Photo by Esther Max, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

You wake up with aches and pains

Sure, it could’ve been the hardcore squash session the day before or holding your adorable or irritating toddler in your arms for hours, but what if it’s something else?

The most obvious candidate that comes to mind is your mattress. The typical model is flat in its design. Ergo, it does not form to the shape and contours of your body. This can result in hot spots and joint pain.

Life hack to narrow it down – Take the time to stretch for fifteen minutes after you wake up. If the pain persists, your mattress is most likely the offender.

You are a mover and shaker

And that is not meant in a positive sense. If you find yourself tossing and turning before finally falling asleep, it could be your mattress’s fault. Another sure sign is you waking up more than once during the night. And no, it’s not because you need to tinkle.

What are you? A back sleeper? In this case, you need something that does not create a valley in your bed. As a back sleeper, you need the support otherwise you will soon discover that your back can become your worst enemy. For slide sleepers, a mattress that adjusts to the contours of your body is best.

This is normally a definite no-no in bed. But if you can’t fall asleep anyway because your sleeping surface no longer suits, check out some information websites like SleepingGuide to help you on your way.

You find yourself dreaming of your last vacation

Hey, what’s wrong with that? In short – nothing. It is a problem though if you keep saying how great the hotel bed was. If you are so aware of this fact because your mattress at home is like sleeping on the Route 66 or some sludge pit, it’s time to change. And do not delay. Nobody needs an aching back twenty-four seven.

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14 thoughts on “Sleeping Problems? Maybe it’s Your Mattress

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  2. Hi Christy…

    Great points and having a good mattress can be a shooting match. In this area we have a place called Sleep Country and they are the experts. They made some recommendations a few years back and they were right on the money. “Sleeping Log” is what I could be called as I generally wake up in the same position daily. A timely article for everyone… thank you.

    Hugs attached… Rolly

  3. Hi Christy – they are great factors and very informative. The typical mattress is designed to be a flat surface that is equally supportive in all areas – since your body has curves & joints (not perfectly flat surfaces), this type of mattress applies too much pressure in certain areas causing hot spots & joint pain in the morning.

  4. The right mattress makes a lot of difference for sure. But sometimes the cards are just stacked against us. I’ve dealt with insomnia since I was 12. I’ve developed a lot of “tricks” to help me sleep, but the past six months or so, the level of outside noise has increased a lot…
    Sweet dreams my friend. Hugs.

  5. My husband and I for the longest time couldn’t sleep in the same bed because the mattress was hurting his back and his sleeping was terrible. We finally gave in and bought a Sleep Number mattress. We now sleep happily every single night…together. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  6. Great advice, Christy. The mattress plays such a huge importance in regard to quality sleep and body comfort. It wasn’t until I’d slept on our current mattress I realised a few body aches were due to the mattress I had been sleeping on! A simple remedy; if only we knew.

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