When training for races, we all know that it’s really important to hydrate well (not just drink beer), look at nutrition (not just eat cake), and get the running done. But did you know that sleep quality is also really important? It sounds so obvious, yet it’s an area that’s commonly overlooked. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve run a race or bowled a tournament on a bad night’s sleep!
Benefits of good sleep quality
- Improves memory
- Less daytime fatigue and improved stamina (Stanford University study)
- Lower stress levels (which is good for mental and physical health)
A good quality mattress is also essential for ensuring you get a good night’s sleep. I suffer with back pain, especially in the morning when I wake up stiff and I often toss and turn at night, trying to find a comfortable position for my back. As a result, I’m often not well rested and wake up tired and grumpy. We invested in a new spring mattress when I was pregnant as I also had SPD which meant my hips were also painful, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite the right selection.
With the Royal Parks Half Marathon coming up, I’m trying to make a real effort to train properly and hopefully run a personal best. Restful sleep is going to be an essential part of this, so I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to document how my quality of sleep improves and helps my training with the aid of an Ergoflex memory foam mattress. Boasting “a layer of high density visco elastic memory foam, 9cm in depth and rated at 85kg/m3 delivers an exceptional supportive performance comparable to that of the established memory foam market leader. This grade of memory foam is not found in lesser alternatives.”
The unique “Cool-Sleep” airflow system layer allows air to flow naturally through the body of the mattress, preventing overheating and keeping the bedding temperate throughout the night. This layer is typically avoided in lesser memory foam mattress alternatives, meaning that the mattress can heat up to uncomfortable levels and the HD impact resistant High-Resilience base foam layer provides the optimal long-term support for the visco elastic memory foam comfort layer, resulting in the very best quality sleep, night after night.
Memory foam mattresses mould to the contours of your body to provide support, so I am looking forward to seeing how this compares to my old spring mattress. A double mattress costs from £1,099, however they are currently on sale from £499.
My initial impressions are favourable, despite the nightmare service we received from UPS. Fun story: we found the delivery man sleeping in his van having failed a delivery attempt when we were in. Perhaps he wanted to try out my new mattress. However, Ergoflex were apologetic and helpful when it came to resolving the issue. The mattress itself is exceptionally comfortable. Memory foam mattresses feel slightly hard after being used to spring, but when lying down, there’s no sinking feeling, just support.
Check back in a couple of weeks time to see how I get on – hopefully my Fitbit will show improved quality and I’ll be buzzing and raring to go!