10 Ways Your Mattress Can Affect Your Health Negatively and How to Prevent it
Sleeping is a crucial part of our daily life. There is no better feeling than hitting your pillow after a long, tiring day and sleeping well to wake up feeling refreshed. Bed mattresses are designed to help people to get a solid seven to nine-hour of fantastic rest and have an excellent day after waking up fully restored. However, sometimes, a bad mattress can negatively affect your health.
Reportedly, over 90 percent of people know the importance of a high-quality mattress for sleeping, according to The National Sleep Foundation. But most of them show a lack of interest in buying a new mattress just because of the price tag on it. But do you know that a poor mattress can do a lot more damage than just leaving you tossing and turning throughout the night? A poor mattress can cause very unpleasant diseases such as chronic back pain, allergies, aging, weight gain, etc. Here is what science has discovered as common mattress diseases:
- Back Pain
Although there are tons of reasons why people suffer from backache, Low-quality bed mattresses are very commonly identified as a primary reason for causing it. Your spine has some natural curves, and your mattress should provide adequate support for it. But sometimes you don't find that assistance when you are struggling on your bed to find a comfortable posture for your body. Any awkward push or pull on your spine due to a poor mattress could put pressure on your connecting ligaments and tendons, resulting in chronic back pain. Furthermore, the pain presents more discomfort and exhaustion over time since it will only increase in your old mattress.
This happens mostly because your old mattress begins to wear out after a particular time. Therefore, it starts to sag in the middle, and you end up sleeping in an awkwardly curved bed instead of sleeping on a flat surface.
- Neck Pain
Unquestionably, your pillow plays a pivotal part in causing neck pain. However, your mattress can also play a role in the connection of your head with your body. Since your spine connects your body to your head, a mattress with a ton of lumps or saggy parts can tip your head back or forward and cause discomfort. That's what ends up becoming neck pain. There is no alternative to using a mattress with no dips or bumps in this case. It is also recommended to use additional pillows to support your head and neck at night.
- Joint Pain
Commonly, firm mattresses are known for providing a good sleeping position. However, if your mattress is too firm, it can put added pressure on your shoulders, knees, hips, side, and back. An old or too firm mattress can generate additional pressure which prompt aches and pains in your joints.
The ideal solution is to change your mattress if you are suffering from pain in your neck, back or joints. Medical professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths often recommend latex mattresses to counteract these kind of pains because of its exceptional body pressure distribution properties. That is why the unique balance of proper support for your spine and soft comfortness for your joints and neck makes latex mattress an excellent choice.
Ordinarily, it is advised that you change your mattress every 6 to 8 years. Because after that time, the mattress itself becomes a breeding place for dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic creatures which eat the dead cells of your body sheds. WebMD reports that about 20 million Americans are allergic to bed bugs. If you are allergic to dust mites, it can trigger allergic reactions to your skin by causing eczema and develop respiratory conditions by making your throat sore and itchy. In addition to causing eczema and respiratory conditions, dust mites can also contribute to snoring.
- Mold and Fungus Infections
Although it sounds pretty nasty, but your toss and turns could release several fungal spores from ordinary mattresses into the air while you sleep at night. This happens especially in a humid bedroom with inadequate ventilation where several strains of mold and fungus can take shelter. You will be breathing in and out these mold and fungal spores, which triggers allergies and causes problems to your respiratory system, including serious lung infections.
Although you can opt for an allergy-proof sleep cover to help you to reduce the number of outbreaks, you can choose latex mattress as a long term solution. Latex mattress is naturally resistant to dust mites and it is known as the most durable of all mattress types available.
- Heart Issues
May sound very strange, but a poor mattress can also trigger heart conditions. Getting insufficient sleep or no sleep can elevate the risk of stroke and high blood pressure by a good margin. If you get insufficient sleep or suffer from insomnia, you have 48 percent more chances of developing a cardiac disease compared to those who sleep well, according to the European Heart Journal.
Hybrid mattresses can function superbly in order to make you sleep because their coil support system perfectly cradles your body. In addition, it contains additional cushioning along with cooling materials(such as gel) which slows down your body temperature while you go to bed.
Recent medical studies have found a connection between sleep duration and weight gain. The American Thoracic Society’s Annual Conference by Dr. Arn Eliasson shows that getting the right amount of sleep time can assist you in losing weight in your waistline. In contrast, other scientific evidence shows that people who sleep 7.5-8 hours weigh less and lose weight quickly. So lack of sleep due to your lousy mattress can promote your weight gain too.
- Memory Impairment
Proper sleep plays a crucial role in forming and preserving memories, while insufficient sleep can affect your brain patterns and lead to memory impairment. Besides, if you are sleep deprived, your brain may record events thoroughly, and you will not only fail to recall memories, but you will also fail to form new ones.
- Weakened Immune System
Insufficient sleep often weakens our immune system. Sleeping in your old mattress can frequently turn your sleep into nightmares, and it can lead to a weak immune system. A poor immune system gets trouble while fighting germs and makes you more prone to sickness and cold, including other illnesses.
- Premature Aging
If your mattress keeps you awake at night, it could affect your skin in both the short term and the long term. Research run by cosmetic company Estee Lauder on women’s sleep habits found that poor sleepers displayed exaggerated signs of skin aging, including fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity. On the other hand, women who slept the soundest had the younger-looking skins.
Again, a hybrid mattress can be your rescue option to avoid most of the above situations considering it is known for making sleep extremely enjoyable.
According to The International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health, we spend one-third of our life sleeping in our bed. Therefore, our bed mattress is supposed to provide us comfort and healthy sleep while we keep it for a long time. However, we should also keep it clean and usable by all means and say goodbye when it needs to be replaced.
- Eric Blackmon