Underneath the Sheets, How Does A Bed Foam Affect Your Body?
April 3, 2017
The importance of our sleep health cannot be understated. Harvard Medical School warns that insufficient sleep can increase your risk to obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and hypertension, and threaten your immune system. These internal changes can have devastating impact on your daily performance.
Your sleeping environment influences your sleep habits. There are health hazards from a nasty bedroom setup and accessories. It can come from your bed foam and can cause disrupted sleep, recurring migraine, and even common illnesses. So, for a comfortable shuteye, keep your bedroom clean, cool and noise-free. Experts recommend getting a bed foam that supports better sleep and targets good health points.
For now, understand the 6 ways on how your mattress can affect your body.
Ensures proper spine alignment
In buying a bed foam, it’s important to know the type that suits your body. Would a firm mattress address your orthopedic needs or would a soft foam be more effective? “Considering that most people spend roughly a third of their lives in bed, choosing the right mattress is essential for managing low back pain. It make the difference in whether you can sleep at night and function the next day”.
Orthocare Balance with the premium OrthoFirm foam is recommended by the Philippine Orthopaedic Association for people with orthopedic conditions. Its OrthoFirm foam and multi-zone topper provide body support and pressure relief.
Supports muscle growth
The bed foam effect is crucial in ensuring a good night’s sleep, which is key in muscle growth. Muscular recovery and regeneration are improved when growth hormones are produced by the body during sleep. “When you sleep, you recover, and when you recover you replace, repair, and rebuild—all of which are needed for optimal progress,” NYC-based fitness coach Nick Ebner tells Men’s Fitness.
A mattress that does not sufficiently support the spine forces the back muscles to work throughout the night to get it into alignment. This results to pain and high-risk injuries. The solution: memory foam beds. The Senso Memory Extra is one of your better choices for a memory foam mattress for body support, as it gently molds to body movement and distributes pressure evenly.
Promotes deeper breathing
There are five stages of sleep: light sleep, onset of sleep, deepest and most restorative sleep, and the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The first four stages are also regarded as the non-REM, which account for 75% of the night. “As we progress from wakefulness through the stages of non-REM sleep, our breathing rate slightly decreases and becomes very regular,” Harvard Medical School notes. The breathing rate increases during REM, the stage that provides energy to the brain and body.
Choose a mattress that promotes deeper breathing during the most important stage of your sleep. Your bed foam should be able to support the body in a position that keeps the airway open. Perfect Serenity Aura Fresh, a premium mattress from Uratex Philippines, not only provides good body support, it also allows air to freely circulate in between the foam, ensuring long hours of comfortable sleep.
Keeps the body cool throughout the night
The National Sleep Foundation suggests that bedroom temperature be maintained between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 to 19.4 degrees Celsius) for optimal sleep. During sleep, your body’s central set temperature is reduced by 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit, requiring less energy to maintain your body temperature. Your body drops to its lowest point during the REM sleep. When you sleep in an uncomfortably warm room, your body is working harder to regulate its temperature.
It’s important to sleep in a cool bedroom and on a mattress that has a cooling effect. Senso Memory Ultima Plus is made of Cooler knit fabric that can lower the body temperature by up to 2 degrees Celsius. Its memory foam features Hydragel beads that absorb body heat.
Boosts memory formation
Achieving the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep at night may sometimes not be enough for your sleep health. You should be able to go through the five stages of sleep uninterrupted. The REM is considered as the most important stage of your night sleep as this is where energy is provided to the brain and body, and when the brain is most active. The REM is also where dreams occur, which according to experts, is essential in memory formation. This is one reason that pulling an all-nighter preparing for an exam is not advisable. You’d end up wasting time studying for things you couldn’t remember in the morning.
The quality of your mattress is key in attaining uninterrupted sleep at night. The Perfect Serenity Mirage has two layers of high-quality foam that softly cradles the body and provides body support. Its 3D Spacer fabric ensures ventilation for fresh feeling all night long.
How do you choose the right bed mattress for you? Harvard Medical School suggests sleeping on different types of mattresses while away from home, such as in a relative’s house or at hotel. You can also visit the showroom of a mattress shop and inquire about the materials, features, and new technologies used in bed foams. Understand mattress benefits and disadvantages. If you have orthopedic needs, talk to a Sleep Specialist about this so that they can recommend the right product for you.
Your sleep health is a priority. Get only the best bed foam for your bedroom.