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How does a bad mattress affect sleep?

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Having trouble sleeping is probably something that scares you with the crazy schedule you're keeping. Therefore, you’re looking for every means at your disposal to avoid this issue that many people experience in adulthood. You still remember your worst night ever, when your parents took you camping, and you slept on a cot that looked more like a sheet of plastic than a real mattress. But did you know that this can also happen to you at home with a bad mattress? Polysleep, your foam mattress specialist, describes in detail the impact a poorly adapted mattress can have on your sleep, and how to remedy the situation if you are affected!

A bad mattress can have many shapes!

A bad mattress can take several forms, starting with a mattress with a fully integrated structure, but the size and/or firmness of which is not adapted to your morphology. In both cases, your sleeping position will feel unnatural! If the mattress is too small or does not provide you with the required support, you won't sleep in an adequate position and you will unnecessarily use your muscles, which will then be under permanent strain instead of resting. You'll also put pressure on your bones, especially your back, while your pressure points will not be relieved at all. As a result, you will be muscularly exhausted and still have pain all over your body in the morning, that is if the pain didn't wake you up during the night!

Another problem is a mattress that prevents good air circulation. Poor ventilation will have the effect of retaining moisture, which is conducive to the development of mould. This lack of ventilation through the mattress will also prevent the effective dispersal of the heat you generate, which will make you sweat, especially in the summer! You will then move around more often to find a bit of coolness, not to mention the number of times you will wake up sweating in the night. Not great for a good night's sleep!

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Unrestful sleep, a variable to take seriously!

The only good thing about sleeping poorly is that you'll notice it as soon as you wake up the next day. In the morning, you'll find it harder to concentrate and make decisions. You'll be much less productive, no matter what you do!

But all this will be the least of your worries if your sleep is disturbed over the long term. Lack of sleep over a long period of time weakens your immune system and can lead to cardiovascular complications.

What is more, a poor sleeping position can have serious consequences on your back, going from a herniated disc to, more frequently, a crick in the neck! These same ailments, combined with a lack of sleep, can increase your nervousness, and therefore your stress. So, sleeping on the wrong mattress can have disastrous consequences!

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How to choose THE right mattress for restorative sleep?

The first thing to do is make sure you know WHEN to replace your mattress. The golden rule is, in the best-case scenario, your mattress will last 8 to 10 years. So, if you've had it for at least that long, or even longer, it's time to change it! There is no mistaking some signs. For example, if when you lie down in bed, you sink into it, and when you get up, the shape of your body is still imprinted on it, you need a new mattress!


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Once you've figured this out, you need to choose the right dimensions according to your height and weight, but not only that. You'll also need to consider the best mattress design for you. Do you perspire a lot? Think about choosing a mattress that promotes better air circulation, so you don't dehydrate to death. Do you have allergies? Favour mattresses with antimicrobial properties, such as Polysleep adult mattresses, which are composed of a viscoelastic foam that has such properties.

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Now you know all the effects of a bad mattress on sleep! Thanks to Polysleep, you also know how to do something about it. Are you looking for a mattress that offers you state-of-the-art support and comfort? Take a look at our range of foam mattresses at!


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