The secret to a great night's sleep

Survey reveals that mattresses are key to a good night’s sleep

A recent survey conducted by Mattress Firm in the US has found that a good mattress is key to a good night, with 90 per cent of people questioned stating that they are unsure their mattress is giving them enough support.

The online poll was conducted this month, with results recently published on the 500 responses that were collected in total. Participants were asked a variety of questions about their night's rest and also the state of their mattress. The results were enlightening and sobering, with overwhelming majorities speaking out about the discomfort they experience from their mattress.

Sleep can have two primary adverse effects. The first is physical effects, which can arise in the form of back pains and aches and is caused by unhealthy sleeping postures or a lack of support from the mattress. Secondly there are neurological effects, which can occur as a result of limited or disturbed sleep. Both of these factors were taken into account in the survey, which showed that mattress quality has a big role to play in both the physical and the neurological effects.
Some 90 per cent of the American adults surveyed said that they are sore, tired and cranky after a night's sleep. These are all effects that can be attributed to the quality of the mattress. If people feel they are not getting enough sleep, it is probably because they don't feel comfortable at night. Similarly, if sleepers wake feeling sore, it is likely to be that they are not well supported as they sleep.

This was reflected in the survey, with 73 per cent of respondents saying that they believe mattresses are important to getting a good night's sleep. On top of this, 74 per cent choose a mattress based on comfort, rather than appearance, brand, or even price, which highlights how people perceive the role of the mattress in their lives, diminishing all other factors other than comfort when looking for the right mattress for them.

Some 61 per cent of respondents said the main reason they purchased a new mattress was because their existing mattress was no longer comfortable. According to the Better Sleep Council in America, a mattress should be replaced every five years, chiefly because a quality mattress can significantly reduce bedtime discomforts such as shoulder and back pain, back stiffness, as well as significantly increase sleep quality and comfort.

But many people can't remember how old their mattress is. More than one-third of the people surveyed said that they have had their mattress for more than ten years, and 20 per cent of people questioned think it's okay to keep a mattress until they begin to suffer from back pain. But considering that you spend a third of your life in bed, is it really worth waiting until you start feeling symptoms to renew the quality of your mattress?

Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm's chief executive officer, said:"Consumers continue to recognize mattress comfort and quality are key factors in getting a good night's sleep.
"They also are becoming more aware of the different ways a new mattress can positively impact various aspects of their lives. During the month of May, Better Sleep Month, Mattress Firm invites our guests to come in for a fun and educational experience that will help them select the best mattress for their needs."

If you are considering a new purchase based on support and comfort then you should consider this. Mattress technology has developed at significant rates over the past few years, with new systems and fabrics emerging onto the market all of the time.

One such advancement is the memory foam mattress, which is now commonplace in modern households. The memory foam mattress is unique in that the bedding moulds to the shape of your body, offering unrivalled support. As well as this, it also offers more comfort than most other materials, allowing you to sleep as you choose with minimal disruption.

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