A poor mattress can negatively impact your sleeping pattern, as well as your mental and physical health.
A 2017 survey by Aviva found 16 million UK adults suffer from sleepless nights: 67% struggle with disrupted sleep, while 23% manage no more than five hours per night. These figures are very concerning, especially when we consider their affect on cognitive performance.
Sleeping has a direct impact on our cognitive functions: it helps us to think clearly, remember information, and make important decisions. Lack of sleep can make it harder to focus, affecting both performance and productivity; it also reduces creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.
As we sleep, information is transferred from short to long-term as memories are reactivated and connections between brain cells are strengthened. Therefore, lack of sleep can make us forgetful, as well as affecting our ability to focus and retain information.
A good mattress can greatly help those struggling with sleepless nights. While it won’t magically cure sleeping disorders, it will help to create a supportive and comfortable sleeping environment. This will prevent any restless nights full of tossing and turning, helping you get the recommended nine hours.
A mattress should provide a flawless posture support to your body. When searching for a mattress, check it supports your entire body when lying in a neutral position; this will ensure proper spinal alignment. It should not be too firm, as this will push on the main pressure points of your spine, yet not too soft, as this will leave you unsupported and cause spinal curvature.
Experts at the UCLA Medical Centre coined the phrase “Goldilocks Zone” to describe the recommended range of softness to firmness for mattresses. Those falling outside the zone can cause serious back pain in the morning, something that can ultimately lead to a chronic problem.
If any of the following statements are familiar, then your mattress may be the cause of your back pain. First, you frequently wake up during the night for no apparent reason. Second, you often toss and turn or feel increased pressure on your body when sleeping in certain positions. Third, you feel “swallowed up” by your bed. Finally, your morning back pain eases after 20-30 minutes.
Dovetail have a wide range of Sherbourne mattresses available from our showroom.
Did you know we spend almost 1/3 of our lifetime asleep?
As we all know, it’s important that you get a good nights sleep. It allows your body to restore and rejuvenate, as well as grow muscle and repair tissue. In fact, many studies have linked sleep deficiency to heart disease and diabetes, as sleep is also involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.
Dovetail have already written a blog on the importance of finding a comfortable and supportive mattress. But did you know your sleeping position is equally as important? From sleeping on your back to your front or side, we all have our favourite position. Read on to find out their benefits, and the affect they have on a good night’s sleep.
Are you one of the 7% of people that sleep on their back?
Sleeping on your back is often regarded as the ‘healthiest’ sleeping position for the spine and neck. This is because your back is straight rather than contorted, while your neck is in a neutral position. Also, it allows your mattress to fulfil its purpose and affectively support your spine.
For the more image conscious, sleeping on your back is a must. Those who sleep on their sides with their face squashed against the pillow are more likely to form wrinkles, while those who sleep on their backs will not!
However, sleeping on your back significantly increases the probability of snoring. As you lay on your back, your tongue falls to the back of your throat, restricting your airways and causing you to snore. For this reason, those suffering from sleep apnea should also avoid sleeping on their back. 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women are habitual snorers, so if you want to avoid being part of the statistic, roll over!
Are you one of the 13% of people that sleep on their front?
Despite being one of the most popular sleeping positions, there are few benefits to sleeping on your stomach. While it eases snoring and sleep apnea, it flattens the natural curve of the spine, resulting in lower back pain and, in some cases, airway blockage. Sleeping on your front also forces your head to one side, straining your neck.
Furthermore, the pressure on your muscles, joints, and organs increases as you sleep on your stomach. In an attempt to stay comfortable, you will spend more time shifting positions, resulting in disturbed, poor-quality sleep.
However, if you find this is the best position for you, try making some modifications. First, sleep with your forehead against the edge of a soft pillow rather than turning your head to the side. This will alleviate neck strain and lower back pain, while also ensuring your airway remains open. Another adjustment is to place a pillow under your hips to help prevent lower back twinges.
Are you one of the 69% of people that sleep on their side?
Sleeping of your side is by far the most popular sleeping position, and it is also very beneficial for your health. The fetal position (a position adopted by 41% of people) improves heart circulation, which is why it is a position often recommended by doctors during pregnancy. What’s more, it also eases heartburn and acid reflux!
However, there are a few downsides. Sleeping on your left side can put pressure on the stomach and lungs, while sleeping in the fetal position can restrict your diaphragm. Side-sleepers will also be familiar with the dreaded pins and needles caused by resting your head on your arm all night which restricts blood flow. Furthermore, as your shoulder supports most of your body weight, your neck and shoulder muscles can become constricted and tight.
So which mattress is best for each position?
Back sleepers should avoid airbeds and opt instead for a medium mattress (5 to 6 in firmness). If your mattress is too soft, your back and pelvis will sink too deep. However, if your mattress is too firm, your back will leave a gap between your lower spine and mattress surface, resulting in an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Memory foam mattresses will provide sufficient support give to keep your spine aligned.
Front sleepers should opt for medium to slightly firmer mattresses (4 to 7) to help keep their spine in a neutral position. A firmer mattress will prevent the pelvis from sinking too far down and arching your back. Also, stomach sleepers should avoid innerspring beds as they are too springy to be comfortable.
Side sleepers need a soft to medium mattress (3 to 6 firmness) so their hips and shoulders can sink deeply into the mattress, ensuring the spine stays aligned with the neck and back. A memory foam mattresses would be perfect as they contour your body, securing it in place to prevent pelvic rotation.
Dovetail have a wide range of Sherbourne mattresses available from our Norwich showroom, including sprung and memory foam. Click here to view our full range online. If you want more information, give us a call on 01603 488082 and we will do our best to answer your questions.
The average person spends one third of their life asleep.
Unbelievably, this translates as roughly 229,961 hours per person, per lifetime. That’s an incredible amount of time spent in bed! But with so much time spent asleep, it’s important that your mattress is up to the job.
With so many mattresses to choose from, the task can be daunting.
Follow our easy steps and soon the perfect mattress will be yours!
Step 1: Do you NEED a new mattress?
Most experts believe that you should change your mattress every 8 years. However, depending on the quality and make of the mattress, this timeframe can easily change. Therefore, the decision ultimately comes down to you. Are your sleeping patterns being affected? Do you find it hard to sleep through the night? Perhaps you feel restless during the night, or even wake up in pain? These are all signs that you may need a new mattress.
Step 2: What KIND of mattress do you need?
This is where things can get difficult. There are many types of mattress to chose from, each with their own benefits. Ultimately, you want a mattress that will support you while you sleep, while also providing high levels of comfort.
If you suffer from a bad back, you want a mattress with optimal support, perhaps with memory foam. If you sleep on your side, it is likely you rotate throughout the night from side to side. You want a mattress with soft to medium level firmness, to help relieve pressure points on your back and neck.
Below is a selection of Sherbourne mattresses that we have in stock, as well as their main features:
Royal – a deep, luxurious, ten inch mattress, featuring three layers of supportive foam and an additional layer of memory foam. It also provides softness and temperature control.
Victoria – deep layers of latex, memory and base foams, plus a ‘cool-max’ cover, help to alleviate overheating problems. Latex foam offers optimal support, helping to keep the spine straight.
Deluxe – features a generous layer of pressure-relieving memory foam over a thicker, supportive layer of reflex foam.
Also features a ‘cool-max’ cover to alleviate any overheating problems.
Marquis – a slimline, low-cost mattress consisting of 6.3 inches of supportive standard foam. Also features a ‘cool-max’ cover to alleviate any overheating problems.
Step 3: Visit our Norwich showroom!
Pop down to Dovetail to pick up your Sherbourne mattress today! Our team are well informed and can help you find the perfect mattress for your needs. If you have any questions regarding price or fit, give us a call on 01603 488082. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com.