Celebrate Sleeptember with a Great Night’s Sleep
Waking up feeling tired is the worst feeling in the world. And you’re not alone, 70% of people in Britain get less than 7 hours sleep a night while just over a quarter of us have poor quality sleep on a regular basis. So what’s wrong with our nation’s sleeping habits? Well a lot of the problem lies with your bed and mattress.
Sleeptember is a month dedicated to improving the sleep, and therefore health, of people. Did you know that your body needs at least 6 hours of sleep a night in order for it to recharge? If you don’t properly recharge then this will make it harder for your brain to take in new information and learn. Which is not ideal for those at work or in education. Sleeptember seeks to educate people on the importance of a good bed and mattress in order to get yourself a good night’s sleep.
Ideally you need to change your mattress every 8 years to ensure a good night’s sleep. However, other life factors can will affect how comfortable you feel. For instance, weight gain or weight loss will vastly change how you feel on your mattress. This change in your body will change the way you lie, and if your mattress isn’t supporting your body then your sleep will suffer.
A lot of people don’t think they need a new mattress unless they see obvious wear and tear. However, it’s not just mattress dips and springs sticking out that signal the need for a new one.
One key indication that your mattress needs replacing is related to how easy you find getting to sleep at night. Indeed, in a study by the University of Glasgow, 51% of adults have reported that they find getting to sleep at night very difficult. This appears to affect woman more as 75% of woman admitted that they found getting to sleep hard in comparison to 25% of men. If you are finding it difficult to get to sleep at night, then it could be your bed that’s the problem.
But it’s not just the health of your mattress that Sleeptember wants you to look at – it’s also important to examine the state of your bed. A lot of people don’t realise that as your bed ages it will lose the support your body needs for a good night’s sleep. After 10 years your bed will have lost an astonishing 70% of the support it had when it was new.
Even a bed of 5-6 years old will have lost a significant amount of its support – a fact that could be affecting a good night’s sleep. It’s reported that people who bought a new bed had a much better quality of sleep at night. It’s important to remember that a good night’s sleep is not about sleeping for 12 hours, rather it’s about getting at least 6 hours of quality sleep that allows your body to recharge.
If you are experiencing poor sleep use this Sleeptember as motivation to improve that sleep. May it be a new mattress or a new bed, this is an investment for your health. Poor sleep can be very detrimental to your day-to-day life, but taking an active interest in the quality of your bed and mattress is the first step to achieving a good night’s sleep.