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Motherhood Chronicles: How Selecting the Right Mattress Can Improve Your Health.

Charlene loves all things home related and has a wide range of knowledge/skills learnt day-to-day as a caregiver, home-maker, mom and wife


"Tired minds don't plan well. Sleep first, plan later. " - Walter Reisch

I am a mother of three, sadly my eldest passed away last year at 16 years of age. My angel was severely disabled and for 16 years he had trouble sleeping because of different health problems. As a mom especially a special needs mom, if your kids do not sleep, you do not sleep. This lack of sleep became a problem to my health, and I suffered a mild stroke due to high blood pressure. Lack of sleep or troubled sleep causes stress and stress causes stress related illnesses thus manifesting itself differently ergo my blood pressure.

After my son’s passing, I still had trouble sleeping because of grief and I just started to explore this ‘not sleeping’ a bit more. In the end, I discovered that even if you got less sleep, that the quality of that sleep was essential to your overall wellbeing also your mattress plays an important role as well. Many people ignore this fact, but the type of mattress that you use affects your body's ability to contour properly while sleeping. Selecting the best mattress according to your body and the way you sleep is of the utmost importance.


Why select the right mattress?

The right mattress is beneficial in many ways especially if you want to wake up feeling relaxed and active. You have to consider the quality and type of mattress you use. The best mattresses are those which not only improve your health but give you a better quality of life.

  • Comfort and relaxation - The right type of mattress will make you feel comfy once you crawl up in your bed. It will relax your tired body and mind; this is imperative for a night of sleep.
  • Quality sleep - Even if your sleep quantity is less, you have to take care of quality sleep. If you are not comfortable during your sleep, you will wake up feeling tired and restless. The right mattress helps you sleep sound, which is important for quality sleep, even if you only manage 2-3 hours of sleep you will still manage to feel refreshed.
  • Stay active during the day- When you get the type of sleep necessary for your body and mind, you will wake up feeling active and energetic. You will be all ready to wake up to the achievements and challenges of your day.

Health benefits of selecting the right mattress.

If you are not getting proper sleep and are not comfortable during your sleep, it will lead to a weakened body and an inactive mind. Mattress quality and type affect sleep and health more than you even realize.

Here are few examples of how your mattress can affect your health.

· Chronic back pain

By selecting the right mattress which supports your back fully, will Eliminate the risk of Chronic back pain. The coils of the bed should be strong enough to support your weight and spine. If you do not get the correct body contouring, you will slowly start developing backache which eventually can worsen with time.

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· Joint Aches

The Best mattresses provide proper support to the body, even if you sleep in the same position for a long time, there will be no pressure will be put on your joints or strain on your neck joints, hip joints, elbow joints. Your mattress should adjust according to your body and should not give rise to any kind of discomfort or pain in the body.

· Allergic reactions

People who use poor quality mattresses are at a greater risk of developing asthma, poor skin, pimples, freckle, running nose, and nasal congestion. Most superior quality mattresses are hypoallergenic and help prevent allergy onset problems. This means that a hypoallergenic mattress will aid in the reduction of allergy triggers such as dust mites, mold, and bacteria. Any Hypoallergenic mattress can help the prevention and penetration of dust mites, which usually infest the average mattress in numbers.



Using the right mattress improves your overall health, reduces stress and anxiety because you get quality sleep (even if it is a limited amount of sleep). This deep sleep takes you to another level of comfort and relief so Invest in a mattress for a better quality of life and health. As moms, we tend to forget that we need to take care of ourselves too if we do not want to do it for ourselves then we need to do it for our kids. Our kids need us, to be present, to be healthy so we can be our best selves, for them.


Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on April 27, 2021:

Yes, Elaine very true...thanks so much for your interest:)

Elaine Byers on April 26, 2021:

Such a great article, it's so overlooked how often we should change our mattress and indeed make sure we select the right one - especially if you have back issues.

Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on April 25, 2021:

Yes, we often forget to take care of ourselves...Thank you, Devika:)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 24, 2021:

I remember when I had my first new mattress I had the most peaceful sleep. It was amazing! Your suggestions are useful. It is important to sleep on a good mattress and to feel good after getting up.

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