The importance of sleep for our health can hardly be exaggerated, despite the fact that most people either ignore it on purpose or simply wait for a back or neck ache to sign the alarm.
Generally, sleeping patterns in the western world constantly deteriorate, and more and more people complain about restless nights and lack of adequate deep sleep.
There isn’t a single organ in our body that’s not gravely affected by sleep deprivation. Headaches, weight gain, bad mood or depression, digestive issues, attention deficit disorders, increased stress, poor perception and memory and so forth. The reason is actually pretty simple; during sleep, our body finds the opportunity to repair itself. Poor tissue “maintenance” over time takes its toll, and our body will try to make us understand that we are not taking good care of it.
Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. – National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
The bigger concern is chronic sleep loss, which can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system’s power – Harvard Women’s Health Watch.
Hence, anything that affects your sleep plays an important role in the quality of your everyday life. One such factor is, of course, the mattress you use. Below, you will discover why a decent, well-designed mattress is not a luxury, but a necessity.
Why You Need a Good Mattress?
Ensuring a Good Overall Body Posture
Sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t support your body properly and gives it a poor sleeping posture deprives you of the deep rest your body needs to reinvigorate and repair its damaged tissue. Don’t mix comfort with softness. A mattress that has the tendency to keep your feet and head higher than your back and torso will eventually result in poor, interrupted sleep.
On the other hand, a good mattress will comfortably yet firmly support the whole body, keeping it in what doctors call a “neutral position”, regardless of whether you lay on your back, belly or side. The heaviest parts of your body, known as pressure points, will sink gently into the mattress, keeping the rest in a straight line. Thus, your body will rest while preserving its natural posture.
Reduced Back or Neck Pains
We spend (or should spend) a third of our life lying on our bed, and the other two putting stress on our back and neck. If those two parts of our body cannot find some rest and comfort at least when we sleep, aches and discomfort will soon become the order of the day.
A good mattress will ensure that your back and neck rest comfortably, at the right angle, reducing or even eliminating the pain and making your sleep all the more pleasant and deep.
You Won’t Disturb your Partner – and Won’t Be Disturbed Either!
You may be soulmates while awake, you may have so many things in common, but in sleep, things may not run as smoothly. Sleeping patterns widely differ, and often one of the partners sleeps much easier than the other, is more energetic and restless, or suffers from sleep disorders. Whatever the case, a bad mattress aggravates the situation, causing even worse sleep to both or one of the partners, who then disturbs the other! Bad mood, irritation and nagging soon follow.
Needless to mention how big a difference can a good mattress make in your daily life.
Time to Replace Your Mattress?
Well, something in your mattress or body has already put the idea in your head to replace your mattress. If indeed that’s the case, then you probably had to change your mattress at least a year ago. Still, if you are not convinced, here are a few clues that might help to make up your mind.
- Most mattresses, regardless of their quality, will not last more than a decade. If your mattress is already that old, then it probably needs to be replaced.
- If you’ve noticed visible deformations on the surface of the mattress, then its time has come.
- If you recently started having pains all over your body, especially in your back and neck, then your mattress, if not responsible for them, sure does not help.
- Are you having restless nights? While there are several possible reasons for that, you should also consider the possibility your mattress to be one of them.
If indeed there are good reasons to replace your mattress, then you should consider the following factors before making your purchase.
How to Choose your New Mattress?
Check Out the Construction and Overall Feel of the Mattress
Most mattresses fall into three categories, innerspring, all-foam and hybrid mattress, each with its pros and cons, affecting the mattress’ performance, such as bounce, airflow etc. Of equal importance is the type of foam used for the mattress, such as memory foam, latex foam, and proprietary foams.
Generally speaking, all-foam mattresses offer a softer feel and gently contour your body, while innerspring mattresses have their low price as a banner. A hybrid mattress combines characteristics of both, offering a soft feel with a bit of an extra bounce.
Mind the Firmness
When people talk about mattresses they often say “the tougher, the better.” In fact, things are a bit more complicated. Proper firmness, along with comfort, is subjective, depending on one’s body structure, age, weight, and personal preferences. There are several degrees or levels of firmness, but most people would find the medium-soft to medium-firm ranges to be the most comfortable. Of course, your weight plays an important role in how firm will each mattress feel. A heavier body will exert more pressure on the mattress, making it feel much softer than it actually is.
Your Sleeping Preferences
Generally speaking, most people that like to sleep on their back or stomach find firmer mattresses much more comfortable, since their sleeping posture requires excellent support of their back and neck. On the other hand, side sleepers usually prefer softer mattresses that allow their pressure points, namely their hip and shoulders, to “sink” inside the mattress at the proper angle.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, we will review a mattress that is now considered one of the best-selling models for 2020.
Review of the DOSLEEPS Double Mattress 4FT6
DOSLEEPS 4FT6 is indeed one of the most popular mattresses for 2020, and its exceptional price is just one the reasons behind it.
Boasting an innovative 9-Zone Support System constructed by individual spring coil pockets, 4FT6 promises excellent back and neck support, good air circulation, just the proper amount of bounce and medium firmness. Let’s take a closer look.
At a Glance
|Dimensions||Standard Double Bed Size|
|Primary materials||Memory Foam and Tencel Lyocell Fabric|
|Features||9-Zone Pocket Sprung Mattress|
Anti-fire with UK Standard
Breathable Non-Woven Fabrics
Solid-Quality Cotton and Blanket
Individual Pocket Sprung
Strong Bottom Polyester Cover Fabric
Construction and Overall Feel
Let’s start from the surface of the mattress. It is made of Tencel Lyocell fibre, an excellent material that absorbs moisture more efficiently than cotton, while remaining soft and exhibiting great durability both wet and dry, as well as resistant to wrinkles.
The use of lyocell fibre allows your body to continue to regulate its temperature, keeping your skin pleasantly cool and reducing sweat, whatever the time of the day (or night). Of course, proper room temperature is also very important for a pleasant sleep, but surely there have been times when your bedroom temperature was pleasant but the side of your body resting against the mattress was soaking wet from excessive sweat. Well, with 4FT6 you won’t have this problem.
Under the external sheet, this hybrid mattress features a truly innovative Support System with nice different zones, each with individual spring coil pockets. In turn, each pocket spring is designed to adjust automatically to your body type, weight and posture, ensuring a personalised and genuinely comfortable support for the so-called neutral part of the head and the feet, as well as firm support for the heaviest parts of your body, like the waist and the hips.
Aside from the support of the individual pocket spring coils, there are several thin layers of memory foam (1, 2 cm overall width) on the top of the mattress, designed to add to the overall comfort by alleviating the pressure on really sensitive parts of your body, especially the neck and the spine.
According to the manufacturer, the memory foam can reduce the pressure by up to 87%. While we didn’t have the means to accurately test this claim, we certainly enjoyed prime feel and comfort both at the neck and back after several hours of sleep. The foam absorbed the pressure, which consequently minimised the need for body turns and overall movement.
Still, if you always give an energetic performance during your sleep, regardless of the quality of your mattress, then note that 4FT6’s clever design eliminated motion transfer – which is always good news for your partner!
This clever combination of pocketed coils and memory foam provides orthopaedic support to the whole body, contouring your body and allowing you (and your partner) to sleep deeply throughout the night.
As to firmness, an averagely built person will probably find just perfect. Its firmness falls into the medium to high range, which means that only very thin body types will find it far too firm for their liking.
All 4FT6 materials meet anti-fire UK standards and afford the mattress excellent durability. Besides, DOSLEEPS 4FT6 comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee.
All these characteristics combined and offered at such a price, make 4FT6 a great pick for average sleepers.
If sleep is indeed important for you, then DOSLEEPS 4FT6 will cater to your needs. Sturdily constructed, well-designed, this hybrid mattress takes the best of the coil and foam mattress technology to offer you a deep night rest, while protecting you and your partner from motion transfer disturbances.
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