When shopping for a car, most people know what they want, be it fuel economy, horsepower or any number of features. But the truth is that most people don’t know what they’re looking for when they set out to buy a new mattress. The worst thing you can do is make an impulsive decision that leaves you with buyer’s remorse— or worse, an uncomfortable bed. To help you make an informed decision, let’s look at a few of the most common sleep problems.
Do you find yourself throwing the covers off in the middle of the night only to wake up a short while later feeling cold? If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Our body temperature naturally changes throughout the night as we pass in and out of REM sleep, which typically happens four to five times a night. During the REM stage, our bodies lose the ability to regulate temperature, leading us to sleep too hot or too cold.
Some of the most exciting advances in mattress technology have been designed to address
shifts in sleep temperature. Cooling gels and open-cell memory foams help disperse excess body heat away from the sleep surface, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some beds pair these synthetic materials with naturally breathable fibers like silk and cashmere, while others employ micro-diamonds to help dissipate heat. Many mattresses also incorporate vents that let hot air escape.
Recognizing the problems that disrupt your sleep is the first step toward finding the mattress that’s right for you. And when you resolve these issues, you’ll not only sleep better, you’ll feel better too!