Memory Foam Topper
Not enough sleep? If you know why, you can fix the problem … is a common line of thought. But sometimes, it’s really not that easy. For example, sometimes, there is just too much work to do, and saying “No” is not an option. Sometimes, a health problem like sleep apnea is what’s causing your perpetual tiredness, and maybe your doctor can fix it, but often not. Sometimes, it is a lifestyle issue, and even if you work at it, it can take some time to see results.
But what if your sleep problem has a simple cause and a simple cure? Many people take their sleeping environment for granted. They buy the best bed and mattress they can afford, and they install an air-conditioner and/or heater so that they can sleep at a comfortable temperature. If you have done that for your own bedroom, it doesn’t seem like you can do anything more, does it?
However, that is not the case. For example, many older people are forced to sleep on a firm mattress to prevent backaches. Unfortunately, a firm mattress is clearly less comfortable than a soft mattress. But you may ask, “What can I do? After all, I get backaches when I sleep on a soft mattress!” That’s true. But do you know what a memory foam topper is? If you put one on top of your mattress, it will make the mattress more comfortable without taking away the spinal support that is so important.
A memory foam mattress pad looks like a thin travel mattress. The difference is the material it is made of – memory foam instead of normal foam. Memory foam is a special material invented by NASA in the 1960s. Officially, it was meant to be used in the ejection seats of all the new high speed fighter jets entering service. The reason or excuse was that fighter pilots were getting seriously injured when they ejected due to the high stress from gravity and acceleration.
That same memory foam, when used in a mattress topper, can also help you sleep better. Whether it is the fighter pilot ejecting out of his jet, or you lying flat on your back, the force of gravity acts on both of you. The only difference is the intensity. The memory foam topper absorbs that force and spreads it out, hence reducing the intensity.
But what if you sleep on a soft mattress and you do not suffer from backaches? So clearly, the problem is not your bed. But maybe the problem comes from outside your bedroom? Do you know the noise profile in your environment when you sleep? For example, that train rumbling past at 3:00 AM in the morning. Or the animals waking up at dawn in the nearby farms. Or maybe your teenager getting up for his paper rounds at 6:00 AM.
You may say you can’t do anything about this problem. But have you thought about sound-proofing your bedroom? Of course, a 100% effective soundproofing solution will be very expensive. But if all you want to do is cut down on the noise coming from outside, there are often cheaper alternatives. For example, you can seal your windows, switching to double-pane glass. You can also install thick wall-to-wall carpeting to further muffle the noise. Of course, sometimes, you can just change your sleep schedule. Maybe the only thing disturbing your sleep is the truck trailer roaring past at 5:00 AM every morning. Instead of sleeping at 11:00 PM and waking up at 7:00 AM, try sleeping at 9:00 PM and waking up at 5:00 AM.
This is real life, and there is no ideal solution to every problem. But if you whittle away at the issues keeping you from sleeping well, eventually, you can improve the quality of your sleep. What’s important is to start taking action.