The Effects of Your Mattress on Both Health and Sleep

Most people do not generally think about it, but we spend one third of our lives asleep. This means that the mattress you sleep on can affect your health positively or negatively. Interestingly, most people recognize just how important it is to have a mattress that is comfortable in order to achieve a great night’s sleep. However, many people do not want to spend money on purchasing the right mattress for them.

The Effects of Your Mattress on Both Health and Sleep

This means that they end up sleeping on a substandard mattress without realizing that it is costing them their health and their sleep. When you sleep soundly, your memory improves, it contributes to weight loss and you also tend to live longer. You therefore cannot put any price tag on the value gained from sleeping comfortably and soundly through the night. If you are sleeping on a mattress that is very old, or if you purchased the wrong kind of mattress, you may end up with lower back pain, a crick in the neck or both.

Sleep studies indicate that if you sleep on a good mattress, you are more likely to reduce your stress levels. By sleeping soundly, you can wake up in the morning and deal with whatever challenges come your way without too much nervousness, trembling, irritability, racing thoughts, or worry. Better sleep quality means a better and healthier you.

When it’s time to change your mattress

Even the best mattress can become bad for you over time. As you continue to use it year after year, you may find that dust mites find a home in the mattress as well.  These microscopic organisms love mattresses because they feed on the cells of your dead skin that are often shed naturally as you toss and turn in bed.  Unfortunately, dust mites cause allergies that can exacerbate the condition of asthmatic people.

Of course it helps to clean both the pillowcases and sheets in hot water but if you do not have an allergy-proof slipcover, they may be in your mattress too.  Vacuuming the mattress helps but with time, it is better to simply replace the old mattress and make sure that you have an allergy-proof slipcover to prevent dust mites from moving into the mattress.

A mattress is not ready to be switched out only when there is a gaping hole in it. If you find that your sleep is not as good as it was before and there is too much tossing and turning, it may be time to make the change. If you notice that you sleep better when you are away from home than you do when you are in your own bed, it may be time to make a change.

The most important thing in mattress selection

Many things have been written about how to select a mattress. In truth, comfort is dependent on an individual. Some people push firm mattresses as ideal, while others push softer ones. However, you are the one to decide what works for you based on your preferences. When purchasing a mattress, look for what is comfortable for you. Lie down on it and see how you like it.

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