When buying a new bed, or even sleeping on your own bed night after night, it’s hard to actually know what is out there and what your bed should be able to do. While we nearly always buy a bed based on how comfortable we feel for the moment in the showroom, there are few more important indicators of what makes a good bed for you.
In this blog, we discuss the non-negotiables of what your bed should be doing for you. If it’s not doing these things – consider a bed break up.
1. Waking up feeling well rested
On average, adults need between 7-9.5 hours of sleep every night. While we can take some minor sleep deprivation that can be made up with an extra-long nights sleep occasionally, chronic missed sleep can have a bad effect on health and can leave you feeling ill and tired. However, if you are not getting enough sleep, or you’re sleeping well and not waking up refreshed, your bed could be at fault.
If you’re finding it hard to sleep, tossing and turning all night and sleeping for 7-9 hours, and not waking up refreshed, then you need to re-consider your bed and mattress, they may not be allowing you to sleep as well as you should.
2. Adjustable to your body
The mattress industry has been lying to you. You would not buy the same clothes as your neighbour, and you wouldn’t want shoes that you never tried on but fit someone else the best. Your bed should fit you! If your bed doesn’t adjust to your body, you’re not getting the best rest. No matter how comfortable the bed may feel for 3 minutes, your bed can only properly fit you – if it’s truly designed to adjust to fit you. You wouldn’t wear your partner’s shoes, why would you sleep on the exact same mattress shape?
3. Wake up feeling recovered
Back injuries and soreness are common. Many of us struggle with sore tight shoulders and hips. These sorts of aches and pains are all to frequent. But – sleep is when your body is supposed to recover! People who are sleeping on the right bed for them, report waking up feeling refreshed and with aches and strains feeling recovered after a few nights sleep on a bed that fully supports them to sleep in a zero-stress position. If you’re not sleeping with your body in a zero-stress position – your body is not able to recover from aches, pains and strains as effectively. It may even be that your shoulder or hip is squashed against firm springs on a flat and uniform bed, so your bed may actually be causing these strains.
4. Helps you sleep in a good position
There is a lot of discussion about what different positions you can sleep in. However, some are healthier for you than others. While there are some stomach sleepers out there, and there are some of us that sleep all curled up, this may be due to your body attempting to get comfortable on a bed that can never be truly comfortable. Sleeping on your stomach can lead to neck strain, and sleeping too curled up can injure backs and shoulders. If you are tempted to sleep in these positions, it can be due to your body compensating for a bad bed. If you have been recommended to change sleeping positions, find a bed that will make your body want to sleep in the right position.
5. It’s not ergonomic
We are passionate about ergonomic beds for a reason – they’re a necessity. Ergonomic beds keep you in a zero-stress position that releases your shoulders and gives your arms the right amount of space, while supporting through your lighter waist (for a woman) or supporting your heavier waist (for a man) to allow for your body to stay in a straight, aligned position. This means that your body is encouraged to get the best rest, in the right position and recover well. No matter how many comfort layers or foam there is – they will never keep your body in this position. Memory foam can even make this issue worse, as it dips where you are heavier – the opposite of what might keep you in the zero-stress position. If your mattress can’t keep your spine aligned, it is not doing its job.
At Beds for Backs, we believe the rest of the mattress industry does not have your best rest in mind. If these major bed and sleep needs are not being met by your current mattress and base, you are being ripped off. Make sure you discuss with Beds for Backs what your rest needs are, and how the world’s first and only ergonomic bed is the only solution.