It’s no secret that poor sleep is bad for your health. But few people realise the true power a memory foam mattress has to ease many conditions. To bring the point home, we’re working our way through the health benefits of memory foam – from head to toe.
Sleep Disorders: Insomnia
Mental Illness: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder
According to the NHS, approximately 1/3 of the UK population is suffering from insomnia at any one time with particular prevalence in the older population. Sleep disorders are often a side-effect of stress, Depression or other mental disorders. And while a memory foam mattress is not the cure, having a bed which relaxes your muscles and supports every curve creates an environment which is enjoyable to rest in and will help sufferers to drift off.
Even if you don’t suffer from a sleep disorder, a memory foam mattress will improve your quality of sleep. The foam absorbs motion from your partners movements and reduces your own tossing and turning by up to 80%. A severe lack of sleep can put you at risk of high blood pressure which can lead to heart problems such as heart attacks and strokes, so a comfortable mattress which helps you sleep well is really important for a healthy and happy heart.
Head and Neck
Headaches and migraines
Tension, pain and stiffness
The real star of the show here is the memory foam pillow. Unlike your standard squishy pillow, memory foam provides proper support for your neck and upper spine. Not only does this reduce the frequency of headaches and migraines, and allow your neck muscles to fully relax and recover (which means no aching in the morning), it also keeps your airways open and makes it easier to breathe – which eases snoring and sleep apnoea. Asthma
The dense structure of memory foam makes it a naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial and dust mite-resistant material. This hygienic sleep environment is perfect for asthma, allergy and eczema sufferers – particularly as dust mite allergies are often to blame for nighttime attacks.
Frozen Shoulder Syndrome
Aches and pains
The rigid and unflexible design of traditional mattresses means they absolutely pile pressure on your shoulders. Unlike traditional mattresses, memory foam doesn’t expect your body to do the adapting. The heat-sensitive foam provides extra cushioning for these high-pressure areas, so you wake up free from upper body aches and stiffness.
Arms and Hands
Pins and Needles
Thanks to the tailored support of a memory foam mattress, you sleep in an optimal anatomical position. This results in increased, healthy blood circulation around your body – right to your extremities. Healthy blood circulation reduces the chance of pins and needles, numbness and blood clots.
This tender damage to the muscles and tendons around the elbow is a self-healing ailment, however it can take a long time. Thanks to the full body support of a memory foam mattress, pressure is not piled on your elbows during the night which allows the muscles and tendons to fully relax and recover faster.
Upper and lower back pain
Whether you sleep on back or side, a traditional mattress does little for your lower back. Most of the time, your lumbar area is left suspended in mid air without any support from your mattress at all – so is it really any wonder so many of us suffer from back pain? Memory foam is the best mattress for bad backs, because it moulds to the natural contours of your spine and provides optimal support for your upper and lower back. This allows your spine to rejuvenate and heal overnight, and reduces the chance of back problems developing again in the future.
If you’re really struggling with back pain, check out our range of Orthopedic Mattresses. These medically-inspired designs use memory foam, medical foam and pocket springs to provide ultimate support for your lumbar region. Click here to shop!
Pain and irritation
Much like your shoulders, your hips are a high-pressure area on traditional mattresses. Over a long period of time this can result in aches, pains and – for severely ill and bedridden people – bed sores.
The pressure-relieving properties of memory foam means that your hips no longer bear the brunt of your body weight during the night. Instead, your weight is evenly distributed which greatly reduces the change of pressure sores forming, even for bedridden people. That’s why the NHS uses only foam mattresses to support their patients.
Legs, Knees and Ankles
Memory foam is a temperature sensitive material, so when it detects your major pressure points on the mattress (which exert the most pressure and heat), the mattress reacts and provides extra cushioning for these tender areas.
As mentioned above, sleeping with a healthy posture encourages greater blood flow around your body. This eases swollen joints and prevents additional swelling during the night.
With a memory foam mattress, every bit of your body is fully relaxed and supported including your legs. This allows your hard-working muscles to fully relax and rejuvenate, and calms involuntary movements and twitches which can be a potential disturbance for both you and your partner.
So there we have it, the health benefits of a memory foam mattress from head to toe. If you have any questions at all, give us a call!. We’ve been producing foam mattresses for the NHS in our Yorkshire factory for years, so we really do have a deep understanding of memory foam and the health benefits which it can offer.