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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.


What You Need to Know About Mattress Depth

There was a time when mattress depth was not a concern for the average buyer because all mattresses had nearly the same thickness. That changed with the advent of extra-depth and pillow-top mattresses. Let's run through what you need to know about mattress depth.

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The Healthy Choice – Naturepedic Mattress Reviews for Babies

Adults spend anywhere from 7-9 hours per day in their beds. Babies sleep even longer: between 10 and 16 hours every day asleep in their cribs (hopefully!). As a parent, this could raise questions in your mind about the safety of the mattress on which your baby is spending so much time. Questions like… What materials in a crib mattress are safe for my baby? What materials post health risks? Is an organic mattress the best option? What kind of crib mattresses can I afford? This article focuses on Naturepedic mattress reviews for babies and will answer those important questions for you.

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Don’t Be Fooled – Is The Best Zinus Mattress Too Affordable?

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Want to buy the best Zinus mattress for your money? Want the real truth about these mattress? Unbiased? Honest?

Read the customer reviews. 

But you need time.

Lots of time. There are thousands of customer reviews on Amazon.

So what do you do?

Ta-da, Better Bed Solutions to the rescue! We've done all that time-consuming stuff for you. Yes, the best mattress is priced under $300. Yes, it is a comfortable and supportive memory foam mattress. Yes, it could look after your aches and pains. But we found out other interesting stuff...stuff you should know about. So don't be fooled. There's stuff inside your mattress that could be poisoning you.

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Watch Out – 7 Signs Of A Bad and Toxic Mattress!

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Warning – you are potentially sleeping on a health hazard! There are 7 signs of a bad mattress you need to look out for. In the long term, these signs can seriously impact your health. When you consider you spend almost a third of your life lying on a mattress that supports your body and your health, you don’t want that mattress to be bad, you want it to be comfortable AND safe.  A bad mattress can make your back, hips, shoulders, and neck ache with pain. Inside your mattress is a silent and sinister world of potential toxins that, depending on your sensitivity to chemicals, could be making you slowly sick. You can’t see them. You can’t smell them. You can’t hear them. But they ARE lurking there. Find out more about the signs of a bad mattress by reading on.

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Brentwood mattress: the key to a more restful, deep sleep?

Does the gel-infused memory foam Brentwood Mattress sound too new age for you? Most of us spend roughly one-third of our life in bed. You want the best mattress for your body, right? Don’t let the thought of gel in your mattress put you off this mattress: it’s clean, healthy and comfortable. And as people grow more aware of environmental issues, just like you, bedding consumers want more naturally sourced material in their mattress. So let’s see if the 11 and 13 inch Brentwood Mattress hold the key to a more restful, deep sleep for you.

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DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams 13-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

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If you have been shopping around for a new mattress, you have definitely heard of a memory foam mattress. But have you heard about the brand DreamFoam and the DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams mattress? “Memory foam” has been the greatest leap forward in mattress technology in the last 30 years. Countless people have sought out this amazing material to alleviate back pain, joint pain, or just to capture that elusive good night’s sleep. But what benefit does 13 inches of memory foam mattress provide, including a top layer infused with gel? Read on and find out.

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Is The Ultimate Dreams Latex DreamFoam Mattress For You?

Thanks for stopping by to read my detailed DreamFoam Mattress review for the Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress! This mattress is made from a combination of latex and memory foams. Is it made from quality material that is safe and healthy for you or your family? Is it affordable? Does it provide enough comfort and support for the price you pay? My DreamFoam Mattress review will go over everything you need to know about this mattress to help you decide if it’s the right mattress for you.

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