There are so many factors that go into getting a good night’s sleep—your mindset, your overall health, your sleep hygiene and your mattress. While each one plays an important role in how well you sleep, sometimes just changing your mattress could help you get better ZZZs.
“A better mattress absolutely can help with sleep,” Christopher Winter, M.D., of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and author of the book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It, tells Yahoo Life.
There are a few specific signs that it’s time for a mattress upgrade, Winter says:
You’re moving around a lot at night. “A lot of times, pain or discomfort makes you move a lot to try to get comfortable,” Winter says. You might not even realize this is happening. Check out the status of your sheets in the morning — if they’re all bunched up or twisted, it’s a good sign you were tossing and turning. Or, if you sleep with a partner, Winter recommends asking if they’ve noticed you moving around at night.
You’re sore in the morning. The wrong mattress can put pressure on your hips, shoulders, and knees, causing stiffness and soreness in the morning, Winter says. “Soreness is a great way to find out if your mattress is supporting you the right way,” he says.
You’re overheating at night. If you’re getting hot and sweaty at night, your mattress could be to blame. “Some mattresses that offer more support can sometimes make you feel hot,” Winter says. “Sweating in bed is a big thing people often put up with, but they shouldn’t.”
Winter recommends making a list of what you need—more joint support, a softer feel, a cooling environment—and looking for options based on that. If you have a partner, Winter suggests sitting down with them and making a list of the factors that are important to each of you in a mattress. “If they widely diverge, you probably want to look for a mattress that you can customize for each side,” he says.
Not sure what you need? Opt for a medium-firm option, Harrison A. Linder, M.D., pain management specialist with The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, tells Yahoo Life. ”They tend to be firm enough to offer support for back and front sleepers but still offer some cushion for those that prefer to sleep on their sides,” he says.
And, if you have back pain, Linder says it's important to make sure your mattress offers the right support for you. "Just like trying to maintain good posture while standing and sitting, it is important to keep the components of the back — vertebral bones, intervertebral disks and all associated ligaments — in healthy positions while sleeping," he says.
It's also a good idea to see how the mattress feels, Linder says. "This is not a simple case of 'one size fits all,'" he adds. (Most online mattress retailers have fantastic return policies, so you really can do a trial run before you fully commit.)
Here are a few options to get you started. Bonus: They all have great return policies, just in case.
It’s made with premium foams to help cool you off, contour to your body and offer support for pressure points. You can try the mattress for 30 days, and if you decide it’s not a good fit, Leesa will pick it up from your place and refund the full purchase price. Right now all sizes are on sale, starting at $749 for a twin.
This model features a layer of gel memory foam to help distribute your weight and body heat, and another layer of adaptive memory foam for support. It has nonstop airflow throughout its layers to help keep you feeling cool while you sleep. Nectar tops everyone in the test-drive department: They let you try out their mattress for an entire year and return it for a full refund if it doesn’t feel right.
This mattress has a special Euro pillow top that’s more cushioned than standard mattress tops to keep you comfy at night. Saatva lets you choose between soft, medium and firm options at the same cost. The company also offers a 120-day trial and no-hassle return policy if you ultimately decide this isn’t the mattress for you. All of the sizes of the Saatva Classic mattress are on sale, with the twin starting at just $781 (down from $887).
The Midnight is incredibly soft to the touch and is made to increase airflow, helping you to stay cool at night. Wrapped coils help cradle your body for extra support while you sleep. Helix offers a 100-night sleep trial so, if you’re not in love after that, you can send it back.
This mattress is dual-zone, so you and your partner can find a temperature that’s right for each of you. It combines four layers of foam and an active grid that works to create the best level of comfort, support and temperature for a good night’s sleep. The Pod Pro can even adjust the surface temperature of the bed to wake you up gradually when it’s time. An app lets you control the settings and see how well you’re snoozing at night. Eight Sleep gives you 100 days to try it out and return it without paying shipping charges. Save $100 on all sizes right now.
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