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Surveys Reveal Americans are More Stressed and Sleeping Less.

Karoline writes:

Hi Pete,

I was startled to discover, while researching for an article.
An American Psychological Association survey found that more than half of Americans are living with moderate to high levels of stress. 
Moreover, 44% say that their stress levels are only increasing. 
Meanwhile, the average sleep length is just 6.8 hours, which is more than an hour less than it was during World War Two. 
Could the stress and sleep epidemic be linked? 
I think so, and I’d like to write about it for your website.

Let me explain. 
I have spent most of my working life as a therapist, helping those with job insecurity to find a remedy to their high stress levels. 
While changing their work circumstances can help, much stress can be alleviated by just getting enough sleep. 
Sleeping properly lowers stress, while lowering stress aids sleep; it becomes a virtuous circle. 
I now work as a freelance writer, which is how I came upon https://themattressexpert.com/2014/07/04/simmons-beautyrest-recharge-a-good-quality-reasonably-priced-mattress/. 
I realized your audience would really appreciate an article on the link between poor sleep and high stress levels, with tips on what they can do about both.
If I wrote this for you. Would you publish it on your website? 
I would really like to contribute to eradicating the stress epidemic through promoting healthy sleep patterns. 
All I ask is to include some resources to give the article credibility.
I can get started on an article now, if you’re interested. 
Let me know – it would be wonderful to work with you on such an important topic.
Kind Regards, Karoline
Hi Karoline,
You conclude, from the survey, that Americans are getting less sleep due to increased stress.
I submit that it’s the other way around…increased stress due to less sleep.
There is a factor, of which, you may not be aware.
Tempurpedic introduced their memory foam mattresses at the turn of the century.
They did such a good job of promoting and advertising, that they soon began to take business away from the name brands….Sealy, Simmons, Serta and Stearns & Foster.
Alarmed by the loss of market share, these manufacturers began using memory foam in their mattresses, as well.
Since then, all of these name brand companies have been sold to investors.
One investment group bought Serta and Simmons.
Tempurpedic bought Sealy and Stearns & Foster.
For several years, now, these mattresses have been made with lots of memory foam.
Memory foam is now about 20 years old, and has proven to be the absolute worst upholstery material ever made.
It is the only upholstery foam that is temperature sensitive.
As is warms from the user’s body heat, it softens and allows the user to sink into it.
Memory foam is not as resilient as the polyurethane foam, which was invented around 1968 and was the primary foam used in mattresses for the next 30 some years.
Nor is it as resilient as natural latex foam, which was introduced during the 1920’s.
It doesn’t take long before the memory foam loses the little resiliency it has, allowing the user to sink through it.
By this time, the user’s spine is no longer properly aligned and the pressure point pain at the hip and shoulders has increased.
I have never before seen such a poor quality product so successfully promoted.
All of the TV, Radio and print ads, along with the sales pitches at stores, promote this lousy product as though it were the best thing since sliced bread.
They continue to do so, because of the boon it has created in the mattress industry.
Memory foam is highly deceptive in its nature…promoting a very comfortable feel when trying as new on the showroom floor, but beginning to lose its support and comfort within months after purchase….and finally needing replacing within a couple/few years.
However, people who have spent thousands of dollars for it, are not so willing or financially able to simply go out and buy a new mattress. And those who do, usually end up buying the same junk, not realizing that it’s the memory foam causing the problem. And that’s not hard to understand, what with everyone promoting it so highly.
The diabolical part about memory foam is that no matter how bad it gets after only a couple of years…no matter how far you sink into it, the foam returns to its original shape when you get out of bed.
It almost never shows the 1.5″ sustained impression need to prevail in a warranty claim.
The manufactures are no longer exchanging mattresses at their expense.
It’s the consumer who is forced to replace the mattress. Hence the boon to the industry.
Memory foam is purposefully designed to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing…selling more mattresses, more frequently to the same people.
Many people simply suffer along with it, not being able to afford to buy again.
Being a temperature sensitive product, it absorbs the body’s heat and reflects it back, causing people to sleep hot, which also adds to the lack of a decent night’s sleep.
And if all that isn’t bad enough, memory foam consists of 61 different chemicals…some, of which are toxic.
Formaldehyde and Benzene are butt to of the several toxic chemicals used.
The memory foam isn’t cured, so it off gasses these toxic chemicals into the air..,more so when new.
This toxic off gassing attacks your respiratory system.
The most common negative side effect is sinus headache.
The worst reaction that has crossed my desk, is bleeding sinuses.
Not only is memory foam a horrible product, it’s also a health hazard…not only to the user, but also to every living creature in the home.
Memory foam is also made from soy. Plant based memory foam is not toxic…but is still a lousy product in every other way that I’ve mentioned.
So, you can now see from where all this stress originates.
Keeping your mattress clean and dry will increase longevity.
Use our Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector. 
Thanks, Pete

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