The Mattress Guide: What Keeps You Up At Night?
What keeps you up at night? What bothers you in the morning after a night’s rest? Here are some of the most common problems that keep people up at night and ways your mattress can help you out.
Sleeping is when your body gets a chance to rest and heal—it shouldn't be causing you more pain. Our team recommends this combo:
- An adjustable bed to relieve pressure points
- A memory foam mattress for just the right support
Partner or Pet Movement
Are you a light sleeper? Do you or your partner (or a pet) toss and turn all night? Or maybe you go to bed before they do?
- A memory foam mattress or a gel memory foam mattress. Memory foam dampens movement and minimizes disturbances.
- If you prefer a spring mattress, make sure you pick a pocketed coil style. Movement doesn’t transfer as easily because the coils aren’t connected all the way across the mattress. If your current mattress hasa big dip in the middle, it’s probably because it’s a connected coil mattress. If one coil breaks, it impacts the support from nearby coils, too.
Do your pressure points bother you? You may want to try:
- A medium-level comfort (plush) type mattress. If you go too firm, there may not be enough give; too soft, there may not be enough support.
- A memory foam or gel memory foam mattress. Memory foam helps disperse the weight from pressure points because its conforming nature makes you feel as if you’re "sinking in" to the mattress
If you frequently wake up from being too hot or too cold, consider what your mattress is made of.
If you sleep cold, look for a memory foam mattress. Traditional memory foam holds your body heat. However, no need to worry that you’ll burn up—modern memory foam won’t make you sweat like the memory foam used in mattresses a decade ago.
However, if you sleep hot, look for a mattress that has cooling technology:
- Gel memory foam mattresses are one of the newest technologies, created for a different overall feel compared to just memory foam. Gel memory foam contains a mix of gel and foam that helps disperse heat and feels cool to the touch.
- Latex foams are naturally hypoallergenic and breathable so they help with air flow, which helps regulate sleep temperature. Side note: Latex foams are safe for people with latex allergies because of a special washing process used before building the mattress.
Snoring is a common problem with several possible causes, so be sure to check with your doctor, but one common solution is an adjustable bed. By keeping the upper torso slightly elevated, your airways are less likely to be restricted. This can drastically reduce snoring.
What Keeps You Up at Night?
For more information on how to choose a new mattress, check out this article from WebMD®.