Scientists have discovered that sleep is a much more important function than we knew; besides allowing us to “shut down” temporarily and regain energy, sleep is also important for regulating certain body functions, fixating events of the day and turning them into long-term memory, discarding the information that isn’t necessary, and in helping our brains function normally overall. In certain sleep studies, it has been shown that sleep deprivation can lead to lowered brain function, delayed response and reaction times, increased irritability, anxiety and even paranoia, loss of focus, and generally a lowered intellectual activity. This is why it is so important we do our best to rest well; while in today’s society people lead very busy lives, always trying to catch up on work, responsibilities, family and friends time, and even personal hobbies, there is too little time left for sleep. The solution: a good mattress.

So how does one go about purchasing a new mattress? First of all, you should know that ideally, a mattress has to be replaced every 10-15 years, but even sooner if it has become deformed. In theory, a good mattress can last you a lifetime, but in practice, every year it gets a bit deformed by your body, and even you yourself change you body, which is why in many cases, people no longer find their beds comfortable but couldn’t find a reason why because their mattresses aren’t old. Second of all, you should read up on all the types of mattresses that exist and try to determine which is more suitable for your expectations.

For example, the most common type of mattress is the innerspring one, made from mostly springs and some foam filling eventually; the memory foam mattress is more and more preferred, because it does offer good lumbar support and take the shape of your body no matter what position you’re in. However, memory foam mattresses tend to absorb and store heat, and some people complain about too much heat. Finally, there are also options like innerspring-memory foam hybrid mattresses, air beds, waterbeds, and even latex mattresses, a new technology that has allowed the creation of a very firm mattress. The latex mattress is ideal for those who recover from an injury or suffer from back pain, but it can be a great resting stop for those who like firmness in their beds as well.

When it comes to price, there is no comprehensive advice to give you; a mattress can cost from a couple hundred dollars to 5,000 dollars; some mattresses are hand-made, and have individual holes for each spring – they too are expensive, but quite worth it because they use natural materials and a lot of craftsmanship to create a perfect product. Never purchase a mattress right off the internet, unless you buy a product you’ve used before and know its qualities. Indeed, mattress reviews can inform you of some aspects, but they’re never 100% accurate. Try to buy from brands that have showrooms in your area, so you can go and try them yourself; this is the best test for a good mattress, and no specifications will tell you what to choose like your body will.

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