Sufficient sleep is a necessity for people of all ages, not least because of its rejuvenating qualities and health benefits. The WebMD.com medical website noted that quality shuteye, which average from 16 to 18 hours for newborns to 7 to 9 hours in adults, is vital in “sharpen[ing] your brain, [getting a] mood boost, healthier heart, steadier blood sugar, [and] weight control.”
Sleep Foundation backed these findings, particularly for younger people. “Children rely on quality sleep to fuel their rapid growth and learning. Children also need more sleep than adults,” said the website. “Younger children usually require the most sleep, with a recommended 10 to 13 hours of sleep per day for children between 3 and 5 years old. Older children tend to need less sleep, with a recommended 8 to 10 hours for children between 14 and 17 years old.”
Sleep Foundation added that “a good night’s sleep could promote many health, learning, and behavior[al] benefits [for kids]. Quality sleep is thought to contribute to improved learning, attention, memory, behavior, mental health, and physical health.”
On the other hand, healthline.com warned that sleep deprivation or insufficient sleep among children can put them at risk of health problems such as “obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, irregular heartbeat, and diabetes.” Nor is that all.
“Sleep deprived kids have more behavioral problems, more academic problems, more health problems, more risk-taking behaviors, and more anxiety and mood related problems,” and are more likely to experience sleep terrors, nightmares, sleepwalking and bedwetting.
Qualities to look for in a kids’ mattress
Children’s need for a quality mattress to help them get peaceful slumber is all too clear. However, the right mattress for them need to fill a number of criterias.
Finding the right mattress for kids is never a one size fits all solution, as children, like adults, come in all shapes and sizes. Sleep Foundation suggested that you keep the child’s weight and sleeping position of choice before choosing the right firmness.
“A child’s weight affects how firm a mattress feels to them. Heavier children put more force on the bed, which can make it seem softer,” the website noted. “Lighter children usually do not sink in as much, which can make a bed seem firmer…Firmer models may be easier for children to move around on, while softer models will likely provide more cradling.”
Sleep Foundation also found that the various sleeping positions are just as important in determining the mattress’ firmness levels. “Side sleepers often prefer a softer mattress to accommodate their hips and shoulders. Back and stomach sleepers often look for a firmer, more supportive model to prevent their midsections from sinking in excessively,” they noted.
Children, like adults, find that comfort from the right temperature is key to getting a good night’s sleep. “Some mattresses tend to trap heat, while others allow it to dissipate,” Sleep Foundation said. “If your child is prone to overheating or sweating during the night, a mattress with better temperature regulation may keep them more comfortable.” They recommended using Innerspring, hybrid, and latex mattresses, due to their breathable characteristics.
Edge support is an important characteristic for beds, particularly children’s bed. “[Edge support] refers to how secure the edge feels when you sit or sleep near it. If the edge does not feel secure, children might not be able to use the full surface of the mattress because they may feel like they could accidentally roll off,” warned Sleep Foundation. “A mattress with a weak edge could also make it more challenging to sit on the edge of the bed, which may make it harder for children to get into or out of bed.”
healthline.com warned against weak edges, noting that they “can limit the usable surface of the mattress. The website recommended that you “look for [mattresses] with firm edge support.”
Mattress types for kids
As with adults, the type of mattress used by children can influence their feel and durability, depending on their physical characteristics, sleeping positions and other preferences. They include hybrid, innerspring, and latex mattresses.
Sleep Foundation characterized hybrid mattresses by its use of combined “coil support systems with comfort layers that may include polyfoam, foam, memory foam, latex and/or microcoils, so as to provide the benefits of multiple types of mattresses.”
This mattress type is known to balance contouring and edge support. “The comfort layers of hybrid models tend to cradle the sleeper to relieve pressure points, with foam providing the deepest cradling. Hybrids with deep contouring provide a hugging sensation that could comfort some children,” noted the website.
healthline.com backed Sleep Foundation, as it noted that “the benefit of a hybrid mattress is that you can get the support of an innerspring interior as well as a softer, plush sleeping experience, thanks to the foam exterior.”
Sleep Foundation finds innerspring mattresses to be “the most traditional type of mattress…[as they] consist primarily of a layer of coils.” But there is more to innerspring mattresses than this, as they “also have comfort layers of foam or fiber.”
healthline.com recommended innerspring mattresses for children, as they “have a longer lifespan and tend to be more durable, especially if you have kids who love to jump on the bed.”
The website also found that Innerspring mattresses can accommodate a wide “range of sleep positions, including side, back, and stomach sleepers.
Latex proves to be a popular material for kids’ mattresses as well as adults, whether they are made in single or multiple layers.
healthline.com highlighted the material’s eco-friendly characteristics. “Latex is made from natural materials and is also known for being resistant to dust mites as well as being hypoallergenic. This is a great choice if your child has allergies or skin sensitivities,” said the website.
“Talalay latex usually has a lighter, softer feel, so it is frequently used in comfort layers. Dunlop latex tends to be denser and more durable, and it may be used in a mattress’ comfort and/or support layer,” noted Sleep Foundation. “Latex contours to the body…This cradles the sleeper to help relieve pressure points without significant hug…Since latex mattresses tend to feel bouncier and more responsive in this way, children may have an easier time moving around on the mattress surface.”
Quality mattresses play a vital role in refreshing, rejuvenating sleep. This is no less the case with children’s mattresses, which are determined by a number of factors. These include factors influenced by the child’s physical characteristics or sleeping position of choice, such as mattress firmness as well as its ability to regulate temperature and provide edge support.
King Koil Indonesia can fill your children’s need for quality mattresses through its Kids Series mattresses. Sold in Kids Single Set and Kids Duo Set, the features included Stain and Water Repellent Cover and Anti-Dust Mite protections to protect from dirt, liquid, mites, fungus and micro-organisms. The Premium Comfort Knit Cover and lightweight NanoFiber Plush provides a comfortably pleasant sleeping experience, while the latter’s resilience responds to the shape of your body. The sets also have your children’s back, as the 7-Zone Pocket Coil does wonders for your kids’ spine by maintaining its alignment. Last but not least, the bed sets feature Anti Roll-off Encasement to prevent the mattress from sagging at the edges while creating a larger surface.
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