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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.


Eve Mattress Reviews – Who Needs Adam When You Have Eve?

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Have you read countless Eve mattress reviews but are still undecided on whether it’s the right mattress for you? You’re obviously concerned about mattresses made from petroleum-based chemicals and controversial toxic flame retardants. I hear you! I felt the same way when my family began to explore healthier mattress alternatives. Let’s see if the Eve mattress will meet your needs in my unbiased review.

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How To Choose A Crib Mattress – Your Buying Guide

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How to choose a crib mattress? I can hear you now “Where do I start?” I get it. Your baby is due soon – what an exciting  – and hectic – time! Your new addition to the family will change your life forever in so many ways, whether it’s your first child or your fourth. As you anticipate the big day, there comes that moment when you realize that there’s still so much to do! High on your priority list is setting up the nursery and the single most important consideration is – where is your baby going to sleep? Once you’ve settled on a crib, your focus shifts to selecting a mattress. How To Choose A Crib Mattress – Your Buying Guide is here to help.Continue reading

The Sleep Master Ultima Review

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My Sleep Master Ultima review will summarize the 7,000 pieces of customer feedback on in this post.  Some people are concerned that the mattress is made in China. I will share the features and benefits and why many people are choosing the Zinus Sleep Master range for a good night’s sleep.

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The Ultimate Guide To A Talalay Latex Mattress

Talalay latex mattress

Nobody wants to sleep on a mattress that’s like a bouncy castle, do they? That’s the key to a Talalay latex mattress. It bounces. It springs back. It’s soft and fluffy like sleeping on top of clouds. But…all natural Talalay latex mattresses are hard to find. How do they compare to regular foam mattresses? Foam mattresses are very popular: they are supportive, ultra-comfy, and durable. All told, you spend about a third of your life in bed, and ideally, your mattress will be free of harmful chemicals that can cause a range of serious health problems while cradling you in a soft, supportive cloud of joy while you sleep. Let’s explore the Talalay latex mattress. Is it for you?  

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Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress Review

Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams white crib mattressShould you buy the Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib mattress? As a parent, your biggest concern when buying a crib mattress is safety. Check out my review to find out how safe this crib mattress is for your baby and whether it will last them into their years as a toddler.

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When Should I Replace My Old Mattress?

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Are you asking the question "When should I replace my mattress"? A good mattress can serve you for quite a few years, but eventually, even the best mattresses need replacing. When you do this depends on different circumstances. How to tell when you need a new mattress? Here are 6 compelling reasons I considered when I asked myself "When should I replace my mattress?" 

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What You Need To Know About Mattress Sizes in the U.S.

If you are looking to buy a new mattress, you're probably overwhelmed with number of factors you need to consider. Mattress size is one of those factors that is incredibly important factor to get right. This brief article explains everything you need to know, so let's get on with it.

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