Greetings fellow sleepaholics! Technology and research has provided us with products and services that were once but a fantasy. One of the more recently popular products are beds-in-a-box; a billion dollar industry based on ease of access, curiosity, documented research, and lofty claims. Picking a mattress prior to this age was a serious undertaking, and with a bevy of new features and feelings, that undertaking has become even more daunting. This blog is dedicated to a 220+ hour in-depth bed-in-a-box analysis and opinions of the guys and gals at Consumers Advocate (https://www.consumersadvocate.org/mattress#toc-overview). The review is based upon top picks out of the gamut of current offerings. In addition, the editorial lends some good overall information. Please note, the order of appearance is not indicative of rank.
Sleepy Smurf, what technically is a good mattress? I am so glad you asked! A few factors make a mattress great for sleeping. Now, before I list these four factors, please note these factors do not take into consideration pain from surgeries or other medical conditions.
1) Balanced pressure - While reducing pressure is certainly necessary, likewise is positive pressure. Comfort is reinforced by balanced pressure. Positive pressure on the lower back, for support, and pressure relief on the hips and shoulders. These considerations ensure good circulation and reduces tossing and turning due to progressive back support.
2) Spinal support - Orthopedic support is where its at, right? Well, how is that achieved? The body needs to be in a naturally relaxed position while sleeping. This aids in prevention of muscle cramping and tightening that may cause you to awaken stiff in the morning. With correct spinal alignment, muscles relax, allowing better sleep quality.
3) Temperature neutrality - This porridge is too hot. This porridge is too cold. Temperature neutrality plays an important role in sleep. As we "hibernate" our body temperature drops so we may use energy for restoration. If body temperature is too high, we sweat and become uncomfortable. Nonetheless, if body temperature is too low, the body will facilitate heating (movement), causing restlessness. Covers off, covers on, covers off, aaaaaaand now it's time to wake up, and we've been tossing all night :(.
4) Limited motion transfer - Due to the architecture of traditional beds, a partner's/pet's movement is potentially magnified; causing "environmental" arousals for you throughout the night. These micro arousals reduce your total sleep time, and can attribute to sleep deprivation. Finding a mattress that dampens movement will prevent unwanted disturbances and aid in consolidated sleep.
If you or your patients feel excessively tired during the day, have difficulty focusing, or have difficulty staying asleep, have an evaluation from a sleep physician. You may have a sleep disorder and not realize it.
Better Sleep is a Better You!