Many people wake up tired and often also with an achy back even after enough for the night. They usually try to find what’s wrong with their sleep or health, but they almost never consider one of the most important factors influencing their sleep, which is their mattress.
A mattress tends to affect the overall quality of your sleep in more ways than one, making it a very important factor to consider when you’re trying to treat any issues related to your sleep.
Let us walk you through a few of the ways below in which your mattress affects your sleep.
Lower Your Stress
Well, of course, a mattress can have both positive and negative effects on your body and mind, depending on the condition it is in.
If you sleep on a good mattress, you may experience your stress levels going down just with a good night’s sleep. Older mattresses, however, typically do not offer this benefit, especially if they are older than 8 years.
Lead to Allergies
You would be surprised to know that your perfectly clean looking mattress may be home to millions of tiny dust mites. This is considered to be a major factor for 20 million Americans falling prey to different types of allergies every year.
Better Sleep Council recommends that this could be prevented to some extent by periodic cleaning of your mattress. However, all mattresses reach a point where they just can’t be cleaned “enough” anymore, and need to be replaced.
New Mattress and Back Pain
Can even a brand-new mattress cause back pain? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.
And that’s because the type of mattress you buy is just as important as replacing a very old mattress. Mattresses like an ultra-plush mattress may sound amazing, but they can do more harm than good to your back, as they do not promote a healthy curvature in your lower back when you’re sleeping on them.
It’s the reason many people recommend sleeping on a mattress before buying it so that you can be sure of both the comfort and support it offers.
Fail to Eliminate Fatigue
What is a night’s sleep if it can’t help eliminate the feeling of fatigue? Well, the thing is, the quality of sleep a mattress offers tends to deteriorate significantly with time, so a very old mattress may not help much with your fatigue.
Cause Body Ache
There are many negative effects an extremely old or bad mattress can cause to your body, and body ache is one of them.
Many times, when a mattress gets too old, lumps start forming on it. They might seem harmless at first, but over time, they harm your lower body and lead to body aches.
Serious Health Hazards
Yes, a poor mattress can even lead to more serious health hazards if not replaced in time. A sign to look out for is a creaking sound from your mattress when turning and tossing in it.
This sound indicates that the springs of your mattress aren’t working properly, leading to poor support for your back and neck, and eventually ending up in a serious health issue over time.