Did you know that we humans spend a third of our lives sleeping? When we have a good night’s sleep our waking hours are also good. However, if we toss and turn all night, we might wake up grumpy with sore muscles and an aching back. We will be tired without energy during the day and may find ourselves dozing off unexpectedly. We will not be alert and doing any kind of work or learning will be difficult. As if this is not enough, incomplete sleep can lead to problems with digesting food and with the immune system.
Good Sleep is Antioxidant
A study showed that a good night’s sleep has an antioxidant effect on the body. This helps to protect against oxidative stress, which has been linked to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, illnesses caused by diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Mattress you Sleep on may be the Reason for Incomplete Sleep
Many people do not realize that their mattress could be responsible for so many of their aches and pains. Your mattress may be old and sagging or it may be too soft or too hard. As we age, we sometimes need a completely different mattress than when we were younger.
Dust Mites and Mold
An old mattress may have molds and dust mites that contribute to allergies. If you suffer from allergies, you should invest in an allergy proof mattress cover or perhaps it is time for a brand new mattress.
Mattress Research is Lacking
It is hard to figure out just which kind of mattress is the best one for your needs, as most studies are financed by the mattress companies.
It is not enough to try out various mattresses in a shop. You really need to sleep for at least a month on a mattress to see if it is good for you. Investing in a new mattress should take a lot of thought and care. It is not usually a cheap item, and it has to last for several years. Fortunately, today many mattress companies will allow you a 2-3 month trial period during which time you can return it for a full refund or exchange it for a different model.
Memory Foam Mattress Topper
In some cases it is not necessary to buy a new mattress or bed which is a big expense, but a memory foam mattress topper can give a lot of relief from pain caused by pressure points. Memory foam molds itself to your body and this relieves pressure points caused by lying on a mattress that is too firm. For people suffering from arthritis, a memory foam topper may give a lot of relief and you may wake up with less pain and stiffness in your back. These memory foam toppers are usually about 2-4 inches thick and they come in all mattress sizes.
Aging Couple may not Need the Exact Same Kind of Mattress
Sometimes an aging couple may have completely different health needs and a type of mattress that is good for one may not be good for the other one. This can usually only be solved by buying twin beds or a bed that allows for two different kinds of mattress to be placed side by side on a king or queen sized bed. So one may sleep on a firm mattress, while the other one may sleep on a soft or medium one.
Short or Long-Term Care
When looking for a skilled nursing and rehab facility for either a short or long-term period, choose a facility that has good mattresses on the beds. The Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation in scenic Galloway Township, New Jersey is a beautiful 5-star skilled nursing facility that offers lovely private or semi-private bedrooms that are tastefully furnished. Royal Suites is also surrounded by eight acres of woods and landscaped gardens.
Since we spend a third of our lives sleeping, it pays to have the best mattress for our health needs.