A good mattress plays an important role in your health and well-being. Without a good night’s sleep, you are interfering in a vital function your body needs to survive. While you sleep your body experiences many changes including the repair of damaged cells, the recharging of your immune system, resting and recovery from physical activity, and recharging your heart and cardiovascular system. You also require a good sleep to help acquire new information experienced during the day and keep your metabolism working properly to maintain a healthy weight. Without good sleep, you can lessen the effects of these natural healing functions and begin to see your health and mood change for the worse. Knowing this, it is always a good idea to make sure you are doing everything you can to sleep well each night. Here are nine reasons it might be time to buy a new mattress:
1. Your mattress is old
According to Consumer Reports, you should be replacing your mattress every seven to 10 years. To keep track of your mattress purchases, remember to write the date you bought your mattress on one of the labels so you can refer to it when it feels like it might be getting close to the seven year mark. Although it might seem your mattress is in good shape, keep in mind even high-quality mattresses get an unhealthy buildup of dust mites that can have an ill effect on your health.
2. Poor sleep
When you wake up in the morning feeling tired and achy, there’s a good chance your mattress isn’t working for you. You should wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face your day. If you still feel tired when you wake up, you are more than likely not sleeping well because you are unable to find a comfortable position on your mattress.
When you don’t sleep well, you will find you are experiencing growing issues throughout the day. This can include:
- Feeling drowsy
- Difficulty learning or maintaining new information
- Poor decision-making
- Craving unhealthy foods
- Strain on your nervous system
- Weakened immune system
- Inability to concentrate
- Weight gain
The longer you put off buying a new mattress, the worse these issues will become.
3. Aches and pains
When you wake up in the morning with aches and pains, you are not getting the support you need from your old mattress. As mattresses age, the compressed materials designed for support and comfort tend to weaken. As this happens, your mattress will develop “comfort zones” where the weight of your body creates a permanent dent. This means the support that is left has become uneven, leading to back, neck, and shoulder pain.
4. You don’t feel comfortable
If you find it difficult to fall asleep at night because you are constantly shifting to get comfortable, your mattress is losing its appeal. Some signs your bed is not comfortable can include you sleep better when you are on vacation or you find it easier to fall asleep watching TV on the couch. You might also find you are constantly adjusting your pillows or adding more pillows for a more comfortable position.
5. Squeaks and creaks
A noisy mattress can not only cause you to wake in the night, but also be a sign the supports in the mattress are failing. Squeaks and creaks are often a result of an old box spring, or sometimes an issue with the frame your box spring rests on. Either way, the sounds alone are reason enough to buy a new mattress set so you can sleep in peace.
If you can see your mattress is sagging, or that there are indents left from your body when you get up in the morning, the support of your mattress is failing. The loss of resiliency in an old mattress is common as the materials lose their “spring.” Experts have found that even a slight dip in your mattress can lead to back pain.
7. Sinking sensation
Although most good mattresses today sink slightly to fit the contours of your body, it should not be to the extent where you have to claw at the mattress to lift yourself out of the dip! This is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous for young children who can be smothered when mattresses are not firm enough.
8. Worsening allergies
When allergies worsen at night, it could be caused by dust mites. Older mattresses provide an environment where dust mites thrive. It is worse in older spring mattresses with a cotton felt layer. Dust mites can cause a whole list of woes including:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red, or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth, or throat
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
- In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose
If you suffer from allergies, these symptoms can worsen leading to difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness and pain, waking in the night with shortness of breath, and a tendency to get more viral infections.
9. Changes to your weight
This might sound like an odd reason to buy a new mattress, but weight gain can affect the comfort of your mattress. When you choose a mattress, the comfort is often dictated by the amount of give when your weight is distributed. If you gain a substantial amount of weight in excess of 10 pounds, how your body’s pressure points affect the mattress will change. It is in your best interest to look into a new mattress to ensure you have the proper support, as weight gain also puts more pressure on your spine and joints, which can lead to pain. A supportive mattress will keep you comfortable while you sleep without adding any additional pressure on your back or joints.
A new mattress will help alleviate a number of issues, including reducing allergy symptoms and pain, improved mood, sharper focus, and less stress. If you have noticed any of these signs, it’s time to start shopping for a new mattress!
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