Sometime ago, Ergoflex provided me with a fantastic memory foam mattress to help me improve my sleep and in turn, aid my half marathon training. It’s a well-known fact that a good quality of sleep is essentially for rest, recovery and increased performance, so it’s been interesting to compare a memory foam mattress to a standard spring one.
As you know, I was initially very impressed with the Ergoflex mattress. I love the way it moulds to my body and the firmness it offers. However, did you know that when taking the plunge into buying a memory foam mattress, it’s important to make sure that your bed is also suitable?
I started waking up in the morning feeling stiff with some mild back pain again. I also wasn’t sleeping so well at night. This would have been partly stress related, but it’s so frustrating to lay in bed, tossing and turning. My sleep tracker had gone back to showing a reduced sleep quality and I was really tired.
This was when I started doing some research and discovered that it isn’t just the mattress that’s important, but it’s also the bed. I had a bed with slats, which is best for a spring mattress. Unfortunately, some of them aren’t so good for memory foam mattresses. They generally aren’t constructed in a strong enough way to support them which can lead to discomfort. Ergoflex recommend that if you are using slats, they shouldn’t be more than 2.5” apart – mine were.
I pleased to discover that this was an easy problem to overcome. A trip to B&Q later, I had some plywood cut to size and I created a solid basis instead of stats. Much cheaper than buying a new bed and provided the memory foam mattress with the solid base and support that it needed.
That night, I slept much better and woke up in no pain at all.
A month or so on from this and I’m pleased to report that this is still the case. And the sleep stats back this up – I’m back to getting some solid sleep and a good quality.
It was pretty eye-opening to find out that it’s not just a great mattress that is essential to a good sleep, but that it’s also important to make sure that the support for the mattress is suitable. I’m looking forward to reporting back in a month or so to let you know how it’s helped with my running performance!