I know you’re laughing while reading this question, because…. Tucked in Organics is a mattress store after all! But, we get asked this a lot. There are so many factors that go into getting a good night’s sleep, that it’s easy to brush off blame from the bad mattress to eating too late, stress, etc.
Your mattress truly does matter! A whole lot!
Recently, I stayed in a hotel where the mattress was hard as a rock and the pillows were strongly scented and all sorts of wrong! I spent the night babysitting the alarm clock, tossing and turning, bunching pillows, shifting and trying to get comfortable, and essentially…. everything to try to get a good night’s sleep. When I finally got a few minutes of shut eye, I woke up bleary-eyed, cranky, and sore from head to toe and it gave me the idea for this blog.
Today, I am going to share with you some common problems caused by your mattress and bedding that can prevent a good night’s sleep and why getting these elements right are so vital for your sleep, your attitude, and your overall health and wellbeing!
1. The Mattress is too Firm
When you spend the night on a mattress that is too firm, the tossing and turning is a relentless battle for finding a spot that does not make your hips and shoulders throb. You finally find a cushioned spot on your belly and then your head and neck are contorting like a pretzel. Even then, you can sometimes feel the firmness of the mattress THROUGH the pillow and it makes your head and neck feel like an anvil is being dropped on them. The only way to find peace and Zzzz’s is on your back, propped by pillows under your knees and swaddling yourself with blankets to emulate some sort of comfort. A too-firm mattress can leave you feeling like you were on the wrong side of a boxing match when you wake up and if you’re as unlucky as I have been in this circumstance… with the bruises to show for it.
2. The Mattress is too Soft
Just as much of a problem as too firm of a mattress, the too soft mattress is like a hammock that was not properly thought through. You roll into the middle where you meet your sleeping partner and are engulfed into their sleeping experience rather than being able to enjoy your own. Your bottom pulls down so that your lower back has no support and is forced to perform gymnastic feats throughout the evening to try to remain even. If you decide that your side is the way to go, you might find sweet relief for awhile. Don’t even bother trying to sleep on your stomach on a too soft mattress, you will wake up with neck and shoulder pain that comes from your head being higher than your body. When you try to roll out of bed in the morning, you’re sucked dangerously back into it as though you are being eaten by a giant marshmallow.
3. You Have Either the Wrong Pillow, the Wrong Sheets, or the Wrong Comforter
Ah, improper bedding… welcome to the world of freezing chills, hot flashes, and yanking of sheets. We hope none of you have to deal with the pain of encountering improper bedding. Pillow fights were fun when we were kids, but you should not be in a fight WITH the pillow itself. The proper pillow, sheets, and comforter make a huge difference in body temperature regulation, head and neck comfort, as well as the overall restorative nature of your sleep. A few natural fibers and a couple of pillows that are right for you as an individuals go along way! Take it from me, professional hotel-pillow fighter.
If you can relate to any of the above, please let us help you! Our passion is to help you get the good night’s sleep you deserve so you can live a happier, healthier, and more productive life.