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How Your Mattress is Harming Your Health

On average, a person spends about a third of their life in bed, probably more. These hours upon hours play an integral role in your overall health and well-being in more ways than you may imagine. Having the wrong mattress, or keeping the same one for too long, can lead to things like body aches, excessive sweating, a decrease in mental health, and even allergies!

Here are some important facts about your mattress that you can’t ignore.

The Wrong Mattress

Your mattress itself has the potential to have a brutal effect on your health. Something as simple as the level of firmness of your mattress could impact your daily life. Sleep on the wrong bed and you could be up against muscle and joint pain, night sweats, increased stress, and sleep deprivation.

Back, Neck, and Joint Pain

Back Pain - If your mattress is too soft, you are not doing your spine any favors. Whether you purchase a bed that isn’t firm enough, or it has worn in over the years, your mattress does not have your back. This causes you to sleep with your spine unnaturally bent, inevitably ending up in pain. If you wake up each morning and there is still an indent in the mattress then your mattress is most likely too soft.

Neck Pain - The trick to avoiding neck pain while sleeping is to keep your head level with the rest of your body, which can be difficult. Any indents in the mattress can cause your neck to tilt; the key here is to have the right pillow set up to accompany your mattress.

Joint Pain - On the other hand, having a mattress that is too firm can result in eventual joint pain. This is because there is pressure being put onto your shoulders, hips, and knees. A way around this is to place a mattress pad on your bed to add a little extra comfort.

Night Sweats

Most people tend to sweat a lot at night, and the wrong mattress could only be further exacerbating the problem. This comes down to the material that your mattress is made out of. While a foam mattress might help with spinal support, it hugs your body and causes you to sweat more. This sweat can get into your mattress and deteriorate the inside, leading to some of the aforementioned problems. There are mattresses, pillows, sheets, and mattress pads made specifically to remain cool throughout the night that could help curb this issue.

Stress Levels

Believe it or not, your mattress could be impacting how stressed you are. One study found that people who slept on a new, medium-firm, mattress had lower stress levels than participants that slept on their own mattress that they’ve had for an average of nine and a half years.

In terms of stress they looked at how much people worried, if they had any racing thoughts, whether or not they were nervous, and other signs of tension. The study suggested that the lower levels of stress were due to people feeling less pain and getting better sleep overall. They concluded that sleep quality is directly linked to levels of stress.

There are a lot of health risks that accompany not getting enough sleep. Without the right mattress, you could be heading down a dangerous path. A lack of sleep can lead to cardiovascular troubles, a compromised immune system, an increased risk of getting Type II diabetes, mental health issues, and weight gain.

Allergens and Germs in Your Mattress

Your mattress is riddled with allergens and dust mites at any given time; in an average bed there are typically about 10,000 dust mites. If you’re not cleaning your bed regularly and protecting your mattress and pillows, you’ll come into contact with them. This can lead to coughing and sneezing, a runny nose, and irritated eyes.

But wait, there’s more! You might also be able to find fungal spores in your mattress which can lead to more allergies or respiratory issues.

Extend the Life of Your Mattress

Over the years, your mattress accumulates things like dead skin cells, dust mites, and oils which damage the interior of the mattress, making it less comfortable and less hygienic. While it truly varies exactly how often you need to replace your mattress (as each goes through different wear and tear) most suggest that you get a new one every 5-8 years, while all advise against keeping a mattress for any longer than ten years.

However, there are some steps to take care of your mattress that will ensure you hang on to it for as long as possible.

Protect Your Mattress 

First and foremost, use a mattress protector. This is integral and the most beneficial when it comes to keeping your mattress for a long time. It keeps your mattress safe from sweat, spills, and bed bugs, while also helping you stay away from dust mites and other allergens.

Keep It Clean

Clean your sheets and your mattress regularly. Your bedding should be washed once a week to remove germs and allergens from your bed; for the best clean in terms of eliminating dust mites, do so in hot water that's 130 degrees Fahrenheit. In regard to your mattress, vacuum it regularly to remove dust mites, and spot clean when necessary with a solution of one teaspoon of dish soap and one cup of hot water.

Maintain a Pet-Free Zone

As heartbreaking as it is to say, don’t let your pets sleep in the bed next to you. They’re bringing in germs from outside, drool, and dander. There is also the risk of your pet having an accident which can permanently damage your mattress.

Rotate It

Rotating your mattress 180 degrees (and upside down if it’s double sided) every 2-6 months makes it so that the mattress is being worn down evenly. This hinders the process of large indents being created in the mattress.

Let the Sunshine In

Every couple of months, remove all the linens from your bed and let your mattress sit in the sun for a few hours. This will dry out the bed, keeping down mold and mildew growth as well as the number of dust mites.

Considering it’s one of the places where we spend most of our time, our bed plays a big part in our everyday life. Not having the right mattress, or holding on to a mattress for too long, can have a serious negative impact on your life – you could be lending yourself to body aches, excessive sweating, a decrease in mental health, allergies and more. Take care of your mattress while you have it and be ready to say goodbye when it’s time.

We hope these tips help you keep your mattress for as long as possible while also keeping you safe to any of its potential dangers.

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