Well – it’s safe to say that many of us have had a challenging year! After a year as difficult as 2020, it’s probably no surprise that lots of people have had trouble sleeping. Recent studies at Oxford and Harvard have found that, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, poor sleeping and even short-term insomnia have been widely reported. Difficulty sleeping during an uncertain and unsettling time isn’t uncommon – however, the impacts of poor sleep can be hugely detrimental. 

It’s vital to take care of ourselves as much as possible, and sleep plays an enormous role in our health and wellbeing. Matthew Walker, author of the bestselling investigatory tome ‘Why We Sleep’, outlines just a few of the reasons why sleep is the biggest boost to our bodies and immune systems – and why a lack of it can be more than simply frustrating. Here at The Odd Company, it’s our mission to help people sleep as well as possible. A good quality bespoke mattress can help you improve your sleep, with breathable, natural fibres and proper lumbar support from a pocket spring system. Sleep better in 2021, by investing in a good mattress from The Odd Company. 

 

Why is sleep so important?

To put it simply, sleep is essential for our health. Walker’s 2017 treatise on sleep gave more than a few insights into how much sleep can impact our health, our wellbeing and ability to fend off illnesses and diseases. For instance, Walker found in his studies that people aged 45 years or older who sleep less than six hours a night are ‘200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in their lifetime’ when compared with those sleeping seven or eight hours a night. 

This shocking statistic is just the tip of the iceberg, as it has also been discovered that after just one night of substandard (4-5 hours) sleep ‘your natural killer cells – the ones that attack the cancer cells that appear in your body every day – drop by 70 per cent per cent’. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to bowel, prostate and breast cancer and the adverse impact a lack of sleep has on our mental health, happiness, energy levels is becoming more widely understood. 

 

How can a good quality mattress help you sleep better? 

So, we know that getting restful sleep is absolutely essential. How can a good quality mattress help you sleep better? 

First, let’s look at the problems with a mass-produced mattress. A mattress sold in a retail park or high street store might, with their unimaginable spring counts, ludicrous discounts and space-age technology, seem like a great deal – but there’s more to this than meets the eye. 

Many popular mattresses use thickly-cut cheap foam in either part or all of their construction. Foam makes these mattresses easier to mass produce, but means they provide less support for your spine and muscles as you sleep when compared with a fully-sprung bespoke mattress. Inadequate support from your mattress means your muscles remain tense throughout the night, which is a common cause of troubled sleep (not to mention those aches and pains when you wake up!). In addition, foam does not breathe particularly well. It retains body heat in order to mould around you- a result of which is that many sleepers who use foam-based mattresses complain of overheating, particularly during the warmer months of the year.

At The Odd Company, ensuring that your quality of sleep will be second-to-none is our primary purpose. Our bespoke mattresses use a pocket spring system with high spring counts to support your body as you sleep. With pocket sprung mattresses, your body’s correct posture is maintained whilst you sleep, with the lumbar curve of your spine being supported. This in turn means with an Odd mattress, the muscles around your rib cage and spine can relax: letting you wake rested and refreshed and ready to start the new day in a positive way. A good-quality bespoke fully-sprung mattress is a perfect way to get better sleep.

At The Odd Company we use natural fillings such as lambswool, horsehair, cotton and cashmere in all our bespoke mattresses. These fillings pair sumptuous softness with breathability – keeping you cosy in winter and cool in summer months! Naturally hypoallergenic, the fibres of the natural fillings we use wick away moisture from the body, keeping you cool and comfortable and helping maintain a continued hygienic sleeping surface. Our mattresses improve the quality of your sleep thanks to the skill and craftsmanship which go into their manufacture, as well as the fillings and materials we use which when brought together help you to get the rest you need. 

Crucially, our mattresses can be designed to exactly your specification – allowing us to provide the correct level of support whatever the length or width. 

How can you get your bespoke mattress? 

Here at The Odd Company, it’s our mission to make sure you get the type of quality rest we all deserve and help improve your health, mood and outlook. If you would like to enhance the quality of your sleep in 2021, simply speak to one of our experts about our range of bespoke sized and standard sized mattresses who would be more than happy to help you.