One Mom's Moxie: Could Circulation Be Harming Your Sleep?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Could Circulation Be Harming Your Sleep?

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When it's time to crawl in bed at night, the last thing you want on your mind is how long you'll spend tossing and turning before you're able to get to sleep. For some people who sleep on bedding that's too soft, the body gets insufficient support, leaving you with strain and tightness in your muscles and joints. While uncomfortable, the issue of tossing and turning is more closely tied to firm bedding however, as the rigid surface generates pressure issues that cause you to re-situate.

Typically referred to as pressure points, these problem areas are the result of body parts pressing too firmly against a surface, inhibiting normal blood flow. Much like a hose with a kink in it, too-firm areas against your body can reduce your circulation. When this happens to able bodied individuals, they turn or roll over from the discomfort it generates. This is actually one of the things that leads people to declare that they just can't get comfortable! While that is upsetting, it can also become a serious health issue for individuals who aren't as mobile. Left un-addressed, pressure and circulation issues can lead to sores.

To manage issues like these, sleep surfaces need a proper balance of comfort and support. This leads to a predicament for some people however, as they feel more comfortable overall on a firm surface, despite some nagging pressure issues they may be encountering. Luckily, there are materials that can add soft comfort to a bed, without detracting from its support. Memory foam is one of those products, and is particularly helpful in maintaining circulation, with its body-contouring temperature sensitivity. Often, people switch to memory foam, and wake to realize they barely moved during the night. Without pressure issues, your body can enjoy its most comfortable position, and you'll fall asleep quicker and more deeply!


Article submitted by The Foam Factory, an online source for memory foam mattress and topper products; outstanding bedding for reducing pressure point issues and improving circulation.