Can't Fall Asleep? Reconsider Your Mattress Pad
If you’ve recently invested in a mattress pad but simply are not seeing the results you’d hoped for (not sleeping any better, or even sleeping worse), your mattress pad might actually be the problem.
A change of mattress—or at least mattress pad—can actually make all the difference in the world. Poor sleep can affect your physical health in so many ways, and it can even contribute to feelings of sadness, depression or constant lack of energy.
To help you take back control of your sleep and your life, changing your mattress pad or investing in one in the first place, should be your number one priority.
Before we try to solve your issues, however, let’s get to the root of them.
Reasons for Your Poor Night’s Sleep
Depending on your health and everyday routine, the reason for your poor sleep may be traced back to your diet, your hydration habits or even your exercise levels.
If you’ve read this far, we’re assuming those are more or less under control or at least haven’t changed drastically since you began having trouble sleeping. If so, it’s time to consider yet another very important influencing factor of your sleep quality: the mattress pad you use.
So, how do you know what the main culprit is?
You’ve had your mattress for longer than the allotted warranty.
Most mattresses come with a guarantee of 7-10 years. However, depending on the wear of the bed itself, as well as the frame, your mattress might not make it that long. If you feel like the support of your mattress is an issue, it could mean that its time is up.
You have a mattress that isn’t very water-resistant.
Even though you might not plan on sleeping at sea, a mattress that absorbs sweat can cause potential hygiene problems in the long run. This dampness can lead to mold growth and numerous other issues that can be affecting your sleep.
Your mattress is clogged with dust.
Sure, it’s not the most pleasant of thoughts—however, having an old mattress can clog up your pores, irritate old allergies, and even contribute (negatively) to those who have asthma or even skin conditions, like eczema.
Resolving Your Issues: How a Cooling Memory Foam Mattress Can Help
Not only can a new mattress play a significant role in your sleep quality, but there are also a few other factors that can contribute or help give you cues that it’s time for a new mattress—or at least mattress pad.
After a scan of the general population, there are two main issues that we see recurring as the reasons people aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. The first is heat. The other is pain.
These two factors contribute not only to a restless sleep, but can often carry on to the next day and add on to a person’s misery.
When taking a look at memory foam, the most common complaint has been heat. The way it works is that the foam mattress absorbs a sleeper’s body heat. Unfortunately, they absorb well but there is no other way to help distribute or disperse the heat than to send it back up to the sleeper.
This is where a KW cooling mattress can come in. This foam mattress is specifically designed for sleepers who run hot. The mattress has built-in technology that absorbs and releases the heat away from the body, which can help keep you cool and comfortable while sleeping through the night.
Another way the technology of the cooling mattress works is that it can contain an aerated design which allows for better airflow and breathability—dispersing the heat into the air as you sleep, instead of back onto your body.
Getting a mattress pad that combats pain is also a win.
The main factor at play here is comfort. Everyone’s comfort level and sleep habits are different. Therefore, the defining key of the matter is the level of support.
Depending on the position you sleep in, you’ll want your spine to be aligned. If you’re a back, side, or belly sleeper, you’ll need appropriate levels of support (soft, medium and firm, respectively) to help keep your spine straight. This can also be done with a pillow.
Having a cooling mattress with the “right” level of firmness for you and your sleeping position can help you get a much better night’s sleep.
Fortunately, most of the mattresses offered on the market come with a trial period, where you’re able to sleep on the product for an amount of time—normally between 90-120 days—and see how your body feels. If you’re unfamiliar with the factors like your sleeping position and preference of firmness, this can be an essential part of the buying process.
The Bottom Line
Even though the reason for a bad night’s sleep can be attributed to various issues, there’s a pretty strong consensus that the mattress or the mattress pad you choose play a significant role in how well you sleep.
Especially if your problem traces back to the temperature at which you sleep and the potentially overwhelming heat that your mattress is packing, a cooling mattress can help cool you off throughout the night with features that promote heat dispersion and absorption.
We hope this article has helped introduce you to some possible reasons why you haven’t been getting a good night’s sleep. Although they may differ from person to person, there’s significant evidence that you should be looking into a better mattress—or at least a cooling mattress pad—to help you sleep in comfort.