Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Health Implications of Sleeping on a Poor Quality Mattress

We spend around a third of our lives in bed, making the mattress one of the most important purchases we will ever make. However a good quality mattress can be expensive meaning that many of us choose to skimp on this all important item, choosing instead to purchase whatever we can afford.
Yet did you know that there are an abundance of mattress discounters selling budget beds and similar furnishings? Despite commonly held belief the mattresses stocked are not all low-quality and cheaply made. Many mattress discounters sell off old stock from brand-name stores or mattresses that have a slight fault (such as a small tear) which renders them unsuitable for sale in a pricey department store or similar retailer.
It’s due to the availability of affordable yet high-quality mattresses that every one of us should ensure to purchase the best mattress our funds will allow.
There are two primary issues concerned with the use of a poor quality or old and worn mattress: disturbed sleep and back problems.
In order to prevent back pain we need a supportive mattress. Low quality mattresses will lose their support very quickly and can trigger back problems or worsen existing pain. The continuous coil mattress is one of the cheapest mattress types available yet due to the single wire that forms the mattress’s shape, the wires will quickly bend and sag causing the mattress to dip and reducing the support it offers our backs.
In addition, the style of the continuous coil mattress means that should the bed be shared by two people, each person can feel the movement of the other person quite considerably. This can have a dramatic impact on the quality of sleep the couple can attain, particularly if one person is prone to moving in their sleep or waking during the night.
The pocket sprung mattress is a much better alternative. This type of mattress is formed of individual springs sewn into individual pockets of fabric. This makes for a much longer lasting mattress and a better quality of sleep. The individual springs are also very supportive and will stay that way for a long time.
Finding a pocket sprung mattress at a good price should not be very difficult. Any decent mattress discounters that sell budget beds should have a range of pocket sprung mattresses; since many studies have concluded that they are the most popular type of mattress available.
But what could happen if we don’t seek a high quality mattress and instead just pick the lowest priced one going?
Short-term problems associated with disturbed or poor-quality sleep include drowsiness, poor concentration, irritability, poor coordination, depression and a decreased or increased appetite.
In the long term regular disturbed or lack of sleep can cause all manner of problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Back pain resulting from regular use of a poor quality mattress will get worse over time; particularly as we age. The longer we put up with the pain the more difficult it will be to eradicate it and the longer the pain will last from waking.
Spending that little bit more for a high quality mattress can have a drastic impact upon your quality of life. If you can’t afford to visit well-known department or bed stores, you may be able to find similar or even identical products by visiting local mattress discounters.
Amy Fowler wrote this article on behalf of The Original Factory Shop. Amy cares about a good night’s sleep and is interested in finding out how sleep deprivation can affect our quality of life.

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