An old mattress or a mattress that is not designed to suit your particular needs can cause an array of issues. According to the American Chiropractic Association, if you're waking up sore or not sleeping well, it may be time to invest in a new mattress for your bed. Though the association says there is no standard lifespan for a mattress, The Sleep Better Council recommends replacing your mattress every five to seven years.
Pain is a common symptom for those who sleep on bad mattresses. Many old or inexpensive mattresses lack proper body support because they have uneven surfaces. Sleeping on lumpy or sagging mattresses can cause back pain and muscle aches because, according to "The Chiropractor's Self-Help Back and Body Book," they allow your spine to bend, which strains your muscles, joints and ligaments. The book suggests that purchasing a firm mattress is the best way to combat back and body aches.
Insomnia and Poor Sleep Patterns
Sleeping on a bad mattress can cause insomnia and poor sleep patterns in some people. "The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy" says that you may not realise that your old mattress is keeping you from falling asleep and snoozing soundly. Many people may toss and turn for the better part of the night as they try to find a comfortable position on the mattress. Sometimes, purchasing a 2.5 to 5cm (1- to 2-inch) thick mattress pad can help with this issue.
Poor sleep patterns and insomnia can lead to daytime fatigue. "The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy" recommends that if you're feeling low-energy during the day, you investigate the role your mattress may play in that matter. If you are sleeping so restlessly that you feel physically and mentally fatigued during the day, it is time to explore trading in your bad mattress for a newer model.
Asthma and Allergies
An old mattress can trigger asthma symptoms and allergic reactions in those with these conditions. "Asthma: The at Your Fingertips Guide" says that bad mattresses often contain dust mites and materials that can trigger allergic reactions. This can be particularly true of older mattresses, which are less likely to be made from hypoallergenic material. Purchasing a new mattress and covering it with a special mattress cover can cut back on these reactions and keep the bed from becoming infested with dust mites.
- American Chiropractic Association: Stop Dreaming About Quality Sleep and Do Something
- The Better Sleep Council: When Should I Replace My Mattress?
- "The Chiropractor's Self-Help Back and Body Book"; Samuel Homola; 2002
- "The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy"; Jonny Bowden; 2008
- "Asthma: The at Your Fingertips Guide"; Mark Levy, Trisha Weller and Sean Hilton; 2006