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Money Under Your Mattress, or Into Your Mattress?

Given the recent state of the economy, you may be thinking it's better to store your money under your mattress and save it, in case times get rough.

However, if you want a good night sleep, it's probably a better idea to put your money INTO your mattress.

No, I'm not talking about stuffing your mattress with money. I'm talking about buying a good quality mattress so that you can get a good night's sleep, preserve your health, and get on with living.

Your Mattresses
Saving money is important, of course, especially today. However, one thing you shouldn't skimp on is your mattress.

Slumber Away in Comfort

Think about that for a minute; you spend literally a third of your life (if you're smart) sleeping on your mattress, and it's supposed to support you so that you can slumber away in comfort.

However, if you've got a lumpy mattress, or if it's too hard, too soft, or simply too old, you're not doing yourself or your body any favors. And consider this.

Especially considering that more and more of us are obese every day, you may be among those of us who want to lose weight.

Did you know, however, that getting a good night's sleep can actually help you stay slim? That's because when you don't sleep enough, or when you don't get enough good sleep, you mess up your body in a number of ways that actually help encourage weight gain.

Number one, you increase the level of the hormone cortisol, which is a stress-related hormone that encourages you to gain weight around your middle -- especially fat weight.

Number two, not getting enough sleep messes with two hormones that are very important to hunger management. It increases levels of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you hungrier.

It also decreases levels of the hormone leptin, which signals your brain that you have had enough to eat, thus making you feel full.

What's even worse, though, is that when you mess with these hormones because you're tired, you're not just hungrier than you should be.

You're hungry for fatty, sugary, refined-carbohydrate "junk" foods that have little to no nutrition and lots of calories, so that they're sure to make you pack on the pounds.

People who don't get enough sleep

And another really sobering fact is that studies have been done on people who don't get enough sleep (or enough good sleep); it's been found that they gain this weight even though they eat LESS food and less calories than people who sleep enough and sleep well.

What's the point of all of that? The point of all of that is that you need a good mattress, and you need it now. Don't skimp on your mattress when it comes to spending money, either.

You're not going to have to break the bank to get good mattress; if you shop online, you can get a good mattress for relatively little money. However, that doesn't mean you should settle for a cheap mattress just because you've bought an inexpensive one.

The best way to shop for a good memory foam mattress is to first go to a brick-and-mortar retailer, test some mattresses out, find a brand you like, and then shop for one online.

Chances are, the online retailer is going to be able to save you considerable money over the brick-and-mortar retailer, but you'll still need to test out a mattress before you buy.

Finally, make sure you replace your mattress about every 10 years. Even "good" mattresses wear out in about that time, and lumpy, bumpy and saggy simply won't get you a good night's sleep. So choose your mattress well and carefully, and replace it about every decade. You'll sleep well, and your body (and health) will thank you, too.