Flipping Olympics and the Night of Horrors. Shall We Blame the mattress?

An old mattress or the wrong mattress choice may affect your sleeping and wellbeing. If the mattress doesn’t give you proper support or you feel uncomfortable, you will be moving a lot – changing your sleeping positions. So, how to prevent tossing and turning with a good mattress? let’s take a look at the basics.

Please, remember, if you think you may have any type of a sleep disorder you should consult a doctor and follow the recommendations.

  • BACK TO BASICSComfort and Support. If one or both are compromised, you may experience the following:
    1. You are tossing and turning all night and don’t feel rested enough when you wake up in the morning.
    2. You have aches and pains in your lower back/shoulder, stiff neck.

    Let’s take a closer look at the first scenario – TOSSING and TURNING. Why does it happen?

It happens because your mattress doesn’t provide enough pressure relief.

What is pressure relief?

Simply put – the mattress is comfortable, and you can stay in the same position for a long time without shifting positions during the night.

Technically – the weight of your body is distributed (especially when you are on your side), it doesn’t accumulate on your pressure points (shoulders, hips, knees and ankles).

Therefore, if the mattress doesn’t do the job and all your body weight is on your pressure points, it may cause the hindrance of blood circulation or a pinched nerve.

  • Now, let’s take a look at the second scenario – ACHES and PAINS. I’m not talking about chronic conditions. This is if you start to notice that your back, shoulder or neck hurts in the morning.

It happens because your mattress doesn’t support you properly. It affects your body alignment and put more strain on the muscles supporting spine. The result is lower back pain or stiff neck.

  • So, you are not properly supported and comfortable. The body will send a message to the brain every 15-20 minutes stating this discomfort, begging for a shift in position. This happens over and over again and begins the Flipping Olympics which can turn into the Night of Horrors, tossing and turning all night, waking feeling like you have not slept at all, more tired than when you retired to bed the previous night. Sleep deprivation is the worst thing you can ask for.


You lay down and are trying to go to sleep. Slowly you are drifting off to sleep and going into deeper stages of sleep to restore your body but suddenly a message goes to your brain “Hey I am not comfortable, switch positions “. So, you change position. Another few minutes into the routine, another message goes to your brain “Hey, I am still not comfortable, switch the position “.

Hence, we begin our Flipping Olympics. Here is the problem with Flipping Olympics. Every time you turn, twist and flip, the whole process of you trying to get through sleep cycle and reach deep sleep is disrupted. You are caught in an endless loop. You are cutting off your time from DEEP SLEEP stage, which is your “charger”, providing you with energy for the next day. Compare to your cell phone or laptop – How long will it last if it is not fully charged?

This agony can only be relieved by a good night’s sleep, which one can accomplish by getting the appropriate mattress. The goal is to move and re-adjust as little as possible, if not at all. Getting through the sleep cycle without interruption is the ultimate goal.  You want to get to DEEP SLEEP stage and stay there, so, your body can be recharged.  Real life example for DEEP SLEEP stage is when your partner wakes you up in the morning, and says “Did you hear that Big Bang outside?” (around 2am). Your reply “I did not hear anything “. That is deep sleep. You were lost to the world!

Waking after such a productive night can only be euphoric. We have 7-to-9 hours to make our next 11-to-13 hours the best that they can possibly be! We are only as good as the previous night’s sleep.

  • CONCLUSION – THE RIGHT MATTRESS IS A GATEWAY TO A BETTER SLEEP.You can find helpful resources on this website such as: