The Best Latex Mattress for Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, and Poor Circulation
Can a great mattress improve your overall physical health?
The concept may not be as strange as it sounds. With at least 40 million Americans each year suffering from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, finding the best mattress for your body has never been more important. Sleep apnea, insomnia, and poor circulation are some of the most common sleep ailments that plague adults today. You spend a third of your life sleeping. We know it’s important. So how can we make sure we get the best night’s rest possible?
Start by investing in a mattress with thoughtful, quality, and natural materials. Latex, made from the sap of rubber trees often found in South America (the Hevea brasiliensis), is becoming one of the most popular materials for mattresses today.
Latex is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to the mold, dust mites, and dead skin cells that can sometimes take root on the inside of spring and memory foam mattresses. The Talalay latex production process allows us to create each mattress with you in mind and helps us determine how firm and how soft each mattress should be. (Read more about the benefits of Talalay, and why we chose it for our Zenhaven mattress here.) With latex, we can now design a mattress that’s perfect for your whole body (especially your back), and we think the Zenhaven does just that.
Are you one of the many millions suffering from poor sleep, and perhaps even worse, a sleep disorder? Here’s how our natural latex mattress may help.
The Greek word for “apnea” literally translates to “without breath”. Sleep Apnea is a partial or complete collapse of the upper airway caused by relaxation of the muscles controlling the soft palate and tongue. There are three types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Central sleep apnea
- Mixed sleep apnea
According to the Alaska Sleep Clinic, Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common variety of the sleep disorder, affecting 4% of men and 2% of women. OSA is caused by the partial or complete blockage of the airways during sleep. During the paused breath (otherwise known as apneas), the breath is restricted from moving beyond the obstruction, reducing blood flow to the brain.
Central sleep apnea (CSA) is when the brain fails to signal the muscles responsible for controlling your breathing. Mixed sleep apnea is those who suffer from a combination of both Obstructive sleep apnea and Central sleep apnea.
Apneas (pauses in breath) in general can vary anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and are often followed by a loud snore or jolt of the body as the body resumes its natural breathing cycle. In some severe cases of sleep apnea, the apnea episodes can last all night, with a person waking up every thirty seconds. This process robs individuals of an entire night’s sleep and can contribute to a large number of serious health problems such as heart disease, depression, and high blood pressure.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders estimates that over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and many go undiagnosed throughout their lifetime.
How can a latex mattress help sleep apnea?
The University of Maryland Medical Center states that those diagnosed with Sleep Apnea can start by adjusting their sleep position. Side sleep positions have shown to significantly improve the effects of sleep apnea.
“As a first step in dealing with sleep apnea, the patient should simply try rolling over onto the side. Patients who sleep on their backs and have 50-80 apneas per hour can sometimes nearly eliminate them when they shift to one side or another.” (source)
The Zenhaven latex mattress is perfect for side sleepers because it supports the body’s pressure points- at the shoulder and hip- that are often stressed in the side sleeping position. From top to bottom, every support layer in Zenhaven is made of 100% Talalay latex, giving it more of the elevating sensation latex is known for while providing unmatched comfort and support.
Latex mattresses also provide firmer support where your body needs it most, beneath the heavier torso and shoulders- and softer support elsewhere. The pliable material conforms to your body as you move throughout the night.
We’ve all had nights where we count metaphorical sheep for hours on end, hoping to fall asleep. Imagine that being your reality every night of the week. Chronic insomnia, or habitual sleeplessness, plagues almost 10% of adults (30% experience insomnia-like symptoms). For working adults, the side effects are huge. The physical and mental effects of sleep deprivation are more severe than just needing one more cup of coffee. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, sleep deprivation can dramatically affect your physical and mental health.
“The sleep stage known as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is believed to play a role in the mental processing of the experiences of the day just past and the organization of memory. With too little REM sleep, memory may suffer. If prolonged, inadequate healthy sleep may be a precursor to cardiovascular disease. And even in the short term, the sleep deficit that results from too little sleep leads inexorably to daytime drowsiness, a potential killer to anyone operating heavy machinery or driving an automobile.”
Sleep Education estimates a loss of $63 billion in work performance for the US Workforce each year due to the side effects insomnia.
Step one of a good solution is conditioning yourself to have a healthy nighttime routine. From avoiding your cell phone before bed (the blue light is proven to harm our ability to fall asleep) to cutting back on your caffeine intake, there are small steps you can take each day to support a healthy sleep routine. The next step is to examine your mattress. Does it support a great night’s sleep?
How can a latex mattress help insomnia?
Falling (and staying) asleep often comes down to your mattress choice. Our Zenhaven Talalay latex mattress is designed for overall comfort, so you can have an optimal sleep (and drift off when you need to).
Maintaining a comfortable temperature can also help you get your best sleep. Latex has an open cell structure that makes it naturally breathable, but our Talalay process enhances it so you keep a healthy temperature throughout the night. Latex is also inherently pliable, so that quality in addition to our lumbar support, will help support your body where you need it. A more comfortable, and supportive mattress, can dramatically improve your ability to fall, and stay, asleep.
Poor circulation means constricted blood flow in the body. Do you ever wake up to find your hand or fingers asleep, unable to move them? The constant tingling or sensation of numbness in your arms or legs is unsettling, and experiencing it at night isn’t exactly desirable. Poor circulation can lead to a night full of tossing and turning and morning full of grogginess and fatigue. Each time you wake up, your body resets its sleep cycle, leaving you groggy and tired the next day. While poor circulation is often a result of other health conditions like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, a bad mattress can sometimes be to blame.
How can a latex mattress help poor circulation?
A great latex mattress can actually help improve blood circulation. Latex mattresses are engineered to get rid of pressure points and have increased lumbar support. As a result, you’ll see an improvement in your spinal alignment. Better spine alignment supports natural blood flow throughout the body.
Doctors also recommend avoiding firm mattresses if you suffer from poor circulation. Latex mattresses are a great choice for those wanting a softer option. Latex mattresses (especially Talalay products) have a varying degree of firm levels, allowing those with poor circulation to find the right fit for them.
We know that your body needs rest to function properly. The physical benefits that come from sleeping soundly are widely documented. According to the Sleep Foundation, a good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy heart.
“It’s not completely clear why less sleep is detrimental to heart health, but researchers understand that sleeping too little causes disruptions in underlying health conditions and biological processes like glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and inflammation.”
The Zenhaven is carefully engineered so that you can have your best night’s sleep, even if you suffer from sleep apnea, insomnia, poor circulation, or one of the many hundreds of other sleep disorders. Why? Because we know that every detail matters. Each layer is made of 100% Talalay latex, making a more breathable mattress that conforms to your body and supports you while you sleep. Sleep disorders are never fun, and we know how important a good night’s rest is. The Zenhaven can help you get there now and for the next 20 years.