Is Your Mattress at Fault? The Health Effects of Poor Quality Sleep

Is Your Mattress at Fault? The Health Effects of Poor Quality Sleep

If your ongoing attempts to get a full night’s sleep are met with failure and constant wakefulness, you need to understand why sleep matters and why it’s important to turn your restless nights into a restful 7-9 hours of sleep. Most adults need at least this amount of uninterrupted sleep every night to function at full capacity the next day. While everyone knows that waking up sleepy and having to go about your day groggily isn’t the most comfortable experience, the profound consequences of sleep deprivation on your physical and mental health are less discussed. Read on to discover negative effects of poor sleep on your body, and how a good mattress might help your sleep. 

Back Pain

Back pain is commonly experienced by people who suffer from poor sleep quality. This is likely due to the correlation between a good quality mattress and good quality sleep. Firstly, your mattress type might not be suitable for your sleep style. Sleeping on an unsupportive mattress, or one with sags and protruding lumps and bumps makes for an uncomfortable night of twisting and turning in bed. You might also find yourself awkwardly curled up in bed if your mattress size is too small. While most might be tempted to brush off a back ache as something that will resolve itself with time, the trouble comes when these painful episodes occur with such frequency that back pain becomes a chronic issue. 


Obesity is a less known, but scientifically backed consequence of sleep deprivation. Hormones play an important role in the proper functioning of your body. Unfortunately, sleep loss creates an imbalance of leptin and ghrelin hormones in your body. These hormones are responsible for regulating your appetite. Sleep deprivation transforms the aforementioned hormones, in such a way that increases your body’s hunger levels. At the same time, growth hormones are conversely decreased, impairing your metabolism of food. Those who sleep less are also likely to be more fatigued throughout the day, leaving little energy for exercise and healthy physical activity. 

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is another negative health side effect of sleep deprivation. There is a direct correlation between short sleep and rising blood pressure levels. This is because our blood pressure levels naturally regulate itself during sleep. Logic goes that the more time you spend awake, the more time your blood pressure levels remain high. High blood pressure causes poor cardiovascular health in general, and can lead to more complicated heart conditions.

Mental Health Issues

The mind is just as important as the body. A persistent lack of sleep can cause severe mood disorders. This chronic sleep debt is not one that can be paid off overnight and often manifests in long-term conditions like clinical depression or generalised anxiety disorder. In fact, people with anxiety or depression are found to sleep for less than 6 hours a night. 

Choose a Mattress for Your Particular Need

One factor to consider as the root cause of sleep deprivation would be the mattress you sleep on. Your mattress you choose should be tailored to your personal needs and circumstances in order to provide you with the right environment for restful sleep. 

For example, if you live in a country like Singapore, where hot and humid weather persists year round, it might be a good idea to invest in a cool gel memory foam mattress with unique cooling properties to aid your journey to uninterrupted sleep. On the other hand, if you share your bed with another, and find yourself being disturbed by your partner’s tossing and turning at night, investing in a pocketed spring mattress with different zones might reduce movement transfer issues. Your mattress size also plays an important role. If you have a large build, sleeping on a single mattress might feel slightly claustrophobic. In this case opting for a queen size mattress might be a more sensible option. 

Shop for Premium Mattresses at The Mattress Boutique

If you’re finding it difficult to choose the right mattress for your needs, feel free to reach out to us via our online form or at with your questions. Our customer service associates will get back to you in a timely manner with our advice on products that may be suitable. You’re also invited to pay us a visit at any one of our three showrooms located at Boon Lay, Sembawang or Paya Lebar in Singapore to view and test out our variety of different single, super single, queen and king size mattresses for yourself!

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