When it comes to choosing a new mattress, you want to ensure ultimate comfort and relaxation, so you can happily and peacefully get your required zzz’s every night. However, if you’ve experienced sleeping difficulties in the past and have tried many remedies without success, it might be time to take a look at your mattress.
There are a number of ways your mattress can affect your sleep cycle, it can depend on the type of mattress you have, is it a spring mattress or a foam mattress? But other factors that are simply individual to you can also play a part, such as your desired sleeping position.
To help you get back to graciously counting sheep as you snooze off, here are some factors to consider how a mattress may affect your sleep cycle.
How your type of mattress affects your sleep cycle
Firstly, it is time to actually examine your mattress. It could be the case that your current mattress just isn’t working for your sleep routine anymore and is now disrupting your sleep cycle.
Memory foam mattresses, for instance, have a tendency to mould around the body, adapting to your body pressure and distributing your weight equally over the mattress. Consequently, this means that memory foam mattresses offer a low amount of support compared to other mattress types.
While memory foam mattresses are recommended for individuals who suffer from aches and pains due to their capability to release pressure, if you toss and turn regularly in your sleep, a memory foam mattress may not be the best fit for you.
With memory foam mattresses, your natural movement is stunted as your body sinks into the mattress. This can actually have the opposite desired effect on the body, making your body alignment feel tenser and stressed.
Memory foam mattresses can also negatively affect your sleep cycle if you are sensitive to hot temperatures during the night. If you currently have a memory foam mattress and find that you regularly wake up because you feel like you’re overheating, it may be due to natural insulating properties of foam.
Since the dense mattress structure is constructed of foam, the air circulation between your body and your mattress is restricted, causing you to overheat and potentially sweat while you sleep.
If you experience these types of factors regularly, they will contribute to a restless sleep. In this instance, an alternative mattress type, such as spring mattress, may better compliment your sleep cycle.
Spring mattresses are better suited to sleepers who prefer easy ventilation between their body and their mattress. Due to the space between each structural layer, body temperature is kept low promoting better sleep.
However, these underlying layers of the mattress also create an environment for allergens, such as dust mites, to flourish. While it might not be a favourable topic to address, if you have neglected your spring mattress over the years, your cause of restless sleeps may be due to the cleanliness of your mattress.
Maintenance of your spring mattress is of the utmost importance, not only for cleanliness against dust mites, but to also maintain the support and padding of the springs over time.
If you currently have a spring mattress that has been worn for over eight years, you may find that the springs have worn, and the padding has become compressed. This will have gradually reduced the comfort of your mattress over time and may now be negatively affecting your sleep cycle.
Spring mattresses may also affect sleep cycles if you regularly share a bed with another individual. Since the springs allow movement and motion compared to memory foam mattresses, this may disturb your partner’s sleeping cycle, or your partner’s movements may affect yours.
If you feel this situation relates to your sleeping preferences, browse our range of memory foam mattresses to find a memory foam mattress solution for you and your partner.
How the firmness of a mattress can affect your sleep cycle
Both memory foam mattresses and spring mattresses are available in different firmness. Typically, mattresses are available in soft, medium or firm, which offer three varying levels of support and comfort – all based on your individual sleeping preferences.
Sleeping on a mattress with a firmness that does not suit your body alignment, sleeping position or sleep cycle can have a negative impact on your sleeping pattern and ultimately cause body aches and restless night’s sleep.
However, it is difficult to gain a full understanding of which firmness is right for you without testing them out for yourself.
If you are concerned that the firmness of your current mattress may not be best suited to your sleeping cycle, come visit us in store. A member of our expert customer service team will be happy to talk you through the best mattress firmness for you, based on your individual needs.
What to look out for if you think your mattress is affecting your sleep cycle
If you’re concerned that your mattress is affecting your sleep cycle, follow this checklist to see if any of these factors may apply to you. Once you have a greater understanding of how your body, mind and mattress work together you’ll be able to find an appropriate mattress solution.
- The age of your mattress
- How long have you been sleeping on your current mattress?
- The maintenance of your mattress
- How often do you air out your mattress? How often do you flip it over?
- The firmness of your mattress
- Does your mattress suit your desired body alignment or compliment your sleeping positions and movements?
- The heat qualities of your mattress
- Do you prefer sleeping in a cool environment where your body temperature can be easily regulated?
- The motion of your mattress
- If you sleep with a partner, does the motion of the mattress from their movements affect your sleep cycle?
Now you have a better understanding of how your mattress can affect your sleep cycle, browse our range of mattresses or visit us in store so we can help you find the best mattress solution for your sleeping needs!