Better Sleep Month is promoted in order to highlight the importance of sleep for everyday life. There is nothing better than the feeling of getting a good night’s rest. Below you will find not so fun facts about mattresses that you may have never known before.
To start these facts, during ancient times, people slept on whatever they could find, such as piles of leaves and plants, grass, straw, moss, and animal skins (Sleep Outfitters). Innerspring mattresses were not even developed until the mid-1800s. Currently, this type of mattress is sold the most but they have the lowest satisfaction ratings. Only 63% of innerspring mattress owners report satisfaction (Sleep Like The Dead).
Nowadays, did you know that we spend 1/3 of our life on our mattress? Who knew? This being said, 1 in 3 Americans don’t get enough sleep (Mattress Insider). The following environmental factors can cause a disruption in your sleep: 10% uncomfortable mattress, 9% temperature, 8% inside noise, 5% light, 4% outside noise. What is even more shocking is that only 47% of Americans sleep on a comfortable mattress. 1 in 5 employees even call in sick to catch up on more sleep. Additionally, a new baby on average results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for the parents in the first year (Mattress World).
If it is taking you longer than 10-15 minutes to fall asleep, you may need a better mattress (Mattress World). They also explain that experts say one of the most appealing sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.
You also might think that you do not have to clean your mattress because you have a mattress protector. Unfortunately, you are wrong. Dreams exposes the myth by stating that mattress protectors do not fully protect your mattress from dust mites and other allergens; they only protect your mattress from spills and dirt. Keep in mind that the average bed is home to 6 billion dust mites. You shed about 40,000 skin cells per minute, so there is an abundant amount of skin cells for dust mites to feed on (iHeart).
A messy bed is healthier. Making your bed everyday might be part of your routine, but by covering your bed with a comforter, you are trapping in moisture and sweat which is an ideal environment for dust mites. Leaving your bed undone leaves your bed open to air and sunlight which helps kill mites. (Guide Me To Bed)
Indoor air can be more polluted than outside air. Some studies show that bedroom air is polluted up to about 60% times or more than your living room (Ruby Gemstone). How do you feel about spending 1/3 of your life in your bedroom now?
In essence, the facts shown above may be shocking to you. If you believe it is time to replace your mattress, come see us at El Dorado Furniture for a wide range of options and brands for you to choose from. In addition, click here to view our previous blog post for tips on mattresses and the latest technological changes in the industry.