Most people can agree that a comfortable mattress is important for a good night’s sleep, but how many of us actually have a proper mattress? There’s always an excuse: my mattress isn’t that old, I don’t want to spend a fortune on a mattress, I can just buy a new blanket to make it more comfortable… but the condition of your mattress can really affect your sleep and health.
It’s more than just back pain or a stiff neck, the wrong mattress or an OLD mattress can cause other health problems. Here’s five ways your mattress can affect your every day life.
If the comfort of your mattress is causing you to toss and turn and wake up at night, you could spend your day a little more irritable than normal. You start to worry about whether you can perform well at work because you’re tired. You’re not sleeping well and that’s causing you related stress. A 2009 study showed that new, firmer beds caused a “significant decrease in stress” for 58 healthy men and women. This is because the new mattress offered more support and a better sleep.
Microscopic creatures, called Dust Mites, live on dead skin cells. These skin cells are shed naturally and can be found in many places, including and most prominently in and on your bed. Millions of Americans are allergic to these dust mites — which causes a stuffy, uncomfortable sleep. To get rid of dust mites, wash your sheets and pillowcases frequently. You can also try using an “allergy proof” slipcover over your mattress. The older your mattress is, the more likely you are to have a build up of dust mites.
People that don’t get enough sleep or toss and turn during the night are at a higher risk of becoming obese. Drowsiness and lack of energy can often lead to overeating. A poor quality mattress could be to blame for sleep deprivation. Sleep is an important part of weight loss, so having a comfortable mattress is important. We can help you find the perfect mattress. Give us a call today!
4. Immune System
Lack of sleep can also contribute to a weaker immune system. When you don’t sleep enough, you’re more likely to get sick. Low quality sleep can wear down your immune system, causing anything from the common cold to fevers to occur more easily. A supportive and comfortable mattress will give you a good night’s sleep so you don’t have to worry about catching a cold.
5. Brain Training
There are studies that prove using electronics in bed messes with your brain! If you work from home and use your laptop in bed, you are training your brain to think that the bed is where you answer work emails. So even if it’s night time and you’re not even working, you’ll get in bed and you’re brain will expect to do something other than sleep. This causes you to stay up longer and get a bad sleep. Try to limit the time you spend working in your bed!
If you have trouble falling asleep, wake up with unexplained aches and pains or feel overly drowsy during the day, it might be time for a new mattress. Come to our store and lay on our beds to find the perfect one for you. Your health will thank you!