Insomnia … asthma and hayfever … excruciating back pain – just some of the symptoms many of us put up with every day because we assume we’re stressed, getting old or that pollen season is here.
And yet the cause could be something as simple as sleeping on a bed that’s past it’s ‘best before’ date.
Once we’ve invested in a bed, most of us don’t give it another thought. Years and years go by and even the best quality mattress begins to deteriorate. Ideally, a mattress needs to be replaced every eight to ten years, depending on your weight. Obviously heavier people cause a mattress to sag more quickly. And that leads to all sorts of health problems.
Back ache is one of the most common symptoms. As your mattress starts to sag, it loses its ability to support your body correctly. If your spine is poorly aligned during the 6 – 8 hours you’re asleep every night, your body is going to feel stiff and sore when you wake up. You may also suffer from disturbed sleep as you toss and turn, trying to find a more comfortable position.
Chronic fatigue and poor mental health
Suffering from a bad night’s sleep once in a while won’t kill you. But if this becomes a regular occurrence, you not only deprive your body of the time it needs to repair and restore itself, you’ll suffer from drowsiness and impaired mental ability, leading to poor judgment and even mood swings. Your mattress could be making you mentally ill as well as physically uncomfortable!
Older mattresses also have a larger collection of dust mites – as many as 10 million, feeding off your dead skin cells and body oils that collect over time. Although these microscopic bugs are invisible to the naked eye and don’t bite, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may notice your sneezing, runny nose, tight chest and watery, itchy eyes getting worse and worse. Waking up congested or stuffy is a common symptom of a dust mite invasion. Although vacuuming your mattress and washing bedlinen once a week in very hot water helps keep dust mites in check, the long term solution is a brand new mattress.
Mould and mildew
We humans don’t only shed skin cells – on hot nights, sweat soaks through the sheets and collects in the mattress. Over the time, this can cause mould and mildew to grown in the mattress and the result can be more allergic reactions – from a tight chest to skin rashes.
A good night of rest is one of the best things you can do for your health. You owe it to yourself to invest in a new mattress regularly.