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If you were running a marathon, you would be careful to choose the right gear to support you during the race:

  1. Shoes that will be comfortable for the entire race – no blisters, no rubbing, the right support for your feet.
  2. Clothes that wicks your sweat away from your body so the sweat does not rub between your thighs or under your arms.

Life is a marathon.

You sleep one third of that marathon so you better have the right gear too. And your mattress is super important! 92% of Americans agree, according to the National Sleep Foundation poll.

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Does a Good Mattress Really Matter?

People make 2 mistakes with their mattress:

  1. They buy the wrong one for their needs;
  2. They let their existing mattress get too old before they replace it.

Either way, a bad mattress means your are uncomfortable when you sleep. There are 7 signs you are sleeping on a bad mattress.

Want to know how long a mattress can last? Check out my article here.

Impact of Less Sleep

Think again America! One third of the U.S. are sleep deprived.

The situation is even worse if you are a black American…

If you are sleep-deprived because of a bad mattress or other reasons, you are more likely to:

  1. Have issues with your mental sharpness. Less sleep means less REM phases of sleep which is responsible for learning and memory. Dr. Mathias Basner says more daytime sleepiness less to more accidents to. According to the Sleep Health Foundation in Australia, the reduction in productivity as a result of lack of sleep/poor sleep costs that nation an estimated $5 billion annually (Sleep Health Foundation) to the Australian economy. In Australia, close to 1 in 3 people suffer from poor quality sleep.
  2. Carry more weight. The thinking is, if you sleep less hours, you are more likely to snack late into the night. And those snacks tend to less nutritious high calorie foods. In a 2012 study reported in the Wall Street Journal, less sleep activates more of the hunger hormone ghrelin.
  3. Develop physical conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure (Source: Web MD).

Want to live longer? Then get more sleep! This was reported in the journal “Sleep”: sleeping less than 6 hours each night increases your chance of dying over the next 25 years by 12%. Read more about it here.

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Why a Good Mattress Is So Important

  1. It keeps your spine aligned with the rest of your body. Thiswhich means you wake up with no aches or pains. Your REM sleep  – that sleep phase for deep restorative sleep – decreases by up to 49% if your spine isn’t aligned correctly (Source).
  2. There is no pressure against those sensitive areas of your shoulder, hip, shoulder and neck. These areas are supported well by a good mattress.
  3. There is even amount of your body weight distributed across the mattress and the frame of your body.
  4. It regulates your body temperature so you don’t get too hot. An ideal sleep environment means a cool temperature.
  5. It doesn’t aggravate any allergies or sensitivities that would cause sneezing, headaches or itching (and disrupting your sleep). Let’s take dust mites as an example. According to Web MD nearly 20 million people living in the U.S. are allergic to dust mites. This impacts asthmatics in a big way. I can vouch for that: dust and dust mites sets off my asthma and in no time, I am reaching for my spray for relief.
  6. It can reduce the chances of you snoring. If you sink too much into your mattress, a misalignment between your head, neck and the rest of your body may constrict your airways. Not only could this make it difficult for your breathe, but it could cause you to snore. This will be uncomfortable for you as the sleeper but also your bed partner, in having to put up with the noise!

It was proposed in the above study that the new beds reduced the stress of those men and women because of the gains in sleep quality and less aches and pains upon waking. Changing the mattress to be more comfortable made a significant difference.

And here is the last reason a good mattress is so important. This is something 99% of the population don’t know – mattresses can be toxic for your health.

Mattresses Are Toxic

In my research, I’ve discovered 7 health hazards lurking inside your mattress. Some of these we’ve already discussed. But now I want to focus on some hazards that could be slowly killing you in your sleep.

Chemical-based hazards.

Memory foam is the most popular mattress materials. But did you know it is made from petroleum? Further, did you know memory foam off-gasses toxic chemicals into the air your breathe when you are asleep? This happens over the entire lifetime of that mattress.

Other harmful chemicals found in mattresses are fire retardants and adhesives which bond the layers of foam together.

All of these chemicals inside a mattress are especially of concern to babies, children and adults with chemical sensitivities ans respiratory challenges like asthma.

In my quest to find the perfect mattress to help me sleep better, I was surprised that mattresses were so full of chemicals! As an asthmatic with allergies to dust mites and dust, knowing about these chemicals helped me choose the right mattress.

My blog, Better Bed Solutions, is all about helping you choose the right mattress too. We’re all about finding and sharing mattresses and bedding which are the least toxic on the market and are comfortable and affordable. Here is my go-to list of these mattresses and a link to their detailed, honest and unbiased reviews on my blog.


Zenhaven Bed Review – Is The Zenhaven Zen Heaven?

Zenhaven bed reviewTired of waking up groggy and sore? My Zenhaven Bed Review may be able to help you. Will this bed have you in a zen like state in your haven before you can count 3 sheep? Is it really all that comfortable and luxurious?  Why are the ratings so positive? Keep reading, young grasshopper.

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Eco Terra Mattress Reviews

The Eco Terra Luxury Lartex mattress is made from 100% latex from the rubber treeThe last time I went mattress shopping for me and my husband, it took me just 10 minutes.  I went to a mattress store, felt overwhelmed, and chose something quickly to avoid the daunting process of deciding. After all, finding a good mattress couldn’t be that difficult if you just “stay in the middle” – middle price, medium firm –  right? Wrong! It’s two years later, my husband is going to the chiropractor and I am tired of waking up with wet hair in the night. We are busy parents and, at that time, I simply didn’t want the burden of mattress shopping.  And now I am searching for a new mattress, again. Based on the Eco Terra Mattress reviews I read online, this mattress is on my list. Let’s see if this Eco Terra bed is worthy of being on your mattress buying list!Continue reading

My Zinus Memory Foam Mattress Review Infused With Green Tea

zinus memory foam mattress review

After yet another awful night’s sleep, my husband and I decided that enough was enough — something had to change. Our first line of attack was to change our mattress, so, ever the savvy shopper, I went online to do some research. I really didn’t know what I was letting myself in for. Several hours and dozens of websites and reviews later, I had gained an encyclopaedic knowledge of the world of bedding, and felt ready to go back to bed! Our criteria were that the new mattress is natural and toxin free, affordable, and, if possible, kind to the environment. Other than that, what we really needed was a satisfying night’s sleep. The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress caught my attention. What is a green tea mattress? Does it intrigue you? Check out my Zinus Memory Foam Mattress review to see if this mattress would suit your needs. 

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T&N Mattress Reviews – Does This Mattress Stack Up?

T&N Mattress Reviews

Over 50,000 customers have written a review about their Tuft and Needle mattress. That is a good and bad thing. Good, that there is such a high volume of T&N mattress reviews. Bad, that there are so many to read if you want to buy one. Don’t worry.  I’ve done the homework for you. Check my detailed and unbiased T&N mattress review. 

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Lucid 14 Inch Plush Memory Foam Mattress

lucid 14 inch plush memory foam mattressYou’ve probably heard that traditional memory foam mattresses can make you feel hot when sleeping on this kind of surface. If you already a sleep hot, this can make for sleepless nights in unbearable hot weather. The Lucid 14 Inch Plush Memory Foam Mattress has a ventilated design. This lets more air pass through, which in turn helps to keep you from sleeping on a mattress that is way too hot. Also, the memory foam is infused with gel, which not only adds to the cooling but also helps to give you, even more, support than regular memory foam. Let’s see if the Lucid Plush 14 Inch mattress is right for you.

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Wink Mattress Review

wink mattress reviewPssst! Shopping around for a new mattress?  Check out my Wink Mattress review! As this site is all about giving you a better sleep, we came across the Wink Mattress because it’s Certi-PUR certified.  This means it is a mattress that is healthier for you compared to a conventional memory foam mattress. But what else can the Wink Mattress offer you? Is it firm enough to give you enough support? Is it comfortable? What’s this CoolControl all about? Let’s find out!

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Signature Sleep Memoir 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress Review

signature sleep memoir 12 inch memory foam mattress review

My Signature Sleep Memoir 12-inch memory foam mattress review found this mattress to be firm yet comfy. It is made with Certi_PUR certified foam. This means it’s healthier for you in terms of less toxic chemicals negatively impacting the indoor air quality inside your bedroom. Priced at under $300 for the queen-size, it is very affordable. This mattress can rest on many different platforms, making it very versatile depending on what you already have at home. This mattress is very popular. It has collected over 7,000 customer reviews on Amazon. But does this mattress tick all the boxes for you and the type of mattress you’re shopping for?

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How Long Is A Mattress Good For?

Are there times when you’re watching a television ad for a new mattress and wonder if it’s time to replace your mattress? Back when I was growing up, the rule of thumb was to replace the mattress every 20 years. Now I feel mattresses don’t last as long. How long is a mattress good for? Let’s find out.

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Crib Mattress Review – Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer

moonlight slumber little dreamerAs a parent, you want to know that your children feel safe, secure, protected, and comfortable in their surroundings at all times, including when they are sleeping. So, why would you have them sleep on a mattress that is anything but comfortable and healthy? If you are in the market for a new crib mattress, let’s see if the Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer can give you what you want for your little ones.

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