September 28, 2017
Would you be surprised to learn that some medical professionals now believe that sleep is an effective way to combat obesity? Scientific studies have found a clear connection between inadequate sleep patterns and obesity, but many people still struggle to sleep soundly because their mattress and/or bed frame isn’t suitable for their weight. There are many other reasons that you may not get a solid seven or eight hours of sleep each night, but investing in a mattress that can support a heavy person is one of the simplest ways to improve your sleep and lower your risk of gaining weight in the future.
There are three mattress types that larger sleepers may consider:
While most foams and mattresses don’t have maximum weight capacities, foundations (the box that sits under the mattress) and adjustable beds do. It’s important to ask your salesperson about the load bearing limits listed by the manufacturer. Here are a few of the best options:
Studies have shown that people who receive five or fewer hours of sleep each night or who confuse their circadian rhythm by working and sleeping in varied shifts are more likely to develop diabetes and become obese. If you’re already overweight or obese, the first step to improving your health is to invest in a bed that supports your body and that allows you to sleep soundly. This means investing in a mattress for a heavy person along with a bed frame or platform that is strong enough to create a stable sleeping surface.
Not only will this keep you comfortable at night, but it could save you money in the long run. Keep in mind, however, that most mattress foams will compress sooner due to the pressure of the additional weight, so you may need to replace your mattress earlier than expected. Do your wallet and your waistline a favor by investing in a bed designed for your body type. You can then start tackling those lifestyle changes to combat obesity, starting with dedicated sleep and wake-up times.