We all know how important it is to sleep enough each night. Not only will you be healthier, but you will also be more alert and focused when you are awake.
That is if your mattress is not actually making your sleep ineffective and making you even less effective than if you didn’t sleep at all.
Mattress experts at Mattress Makers share some ways a faulty and uncomfortable mattress can negatively affect you and your health.
Pain All Over
If you have an old mattress or one which is not suited for you, you may experience back and neck pain when you wake up.
Even though some people have accepted this to be a normal thing to happen, it really shouldn’t be. Your mattress should support your back and your neck in such a way as not to put a strain on your muscles during your rest.
You may need to get a new mattress, potentially one with an adjustable base for beds. This way, you can not only decide on the firmness of your mattress, but you can also find the ideal angle at which to put your mattress.
Allergens Reside in It
In this age of allergies, we need to be careful about things which can trigger allergic reactions. One of the most common allergies is dust allergy.
This kind of allergy is triggered by small creatures called dust mites which feed on our dead skin cells and similar organic matter they can find.
Dust mites are pretty much everywhere and we cannot get rid of them completely. However, we can minimize their numbers and where they appear.
One of the most common places to find dust mites are old mattresses because we sleep in them a lot. These mattresses can be terrible for our health causing symptoms such as itchy eyes, dry cough, sneezing, congestion of nasal cavity and similar problems.
Not to mention that all of this can negatively affect your sleep, causing you to wake up more tired than you were when you fell asleep.
Soreness of Joints
If you have chosen a mattress which is not suited for your sleeping style, you may experience some pain due to improper sleeping position.
An overly stiff mattress can make you toss and turn everywhere in order to find a comfortable sleeping position. However, it is most likely that you will not find it, because the firmness of the mattress doesn’t suit you.
In the end, you will fall asleep in a somewhat uncomfortable position, putting additional pressure on your joints, especially your lower back or your shoulder, causing you to wake up with sore joints and pain.
Interrupted Sleep Cycles
Apart from physical pain, a bad mattress can have a negative effect on your concentration and pretty much everything else in your life.
In order to get a good night sleep, your body needs to go through a whole sleep cycle (or several of them, in fact). You start with light sleep, which is followed by a deeper kind of slumber where you can experience dreams. This repeats approximately every hour or two.
However, if your mattress is not comfortable, it may cause disruptions to this cycle. Even though you may not think much of this, it can actually be the source of a lot of problems.
Not going through full sleep cycles, you will wake up just as tired as when you fell asleep. It is during deep sleep that your body clears its memory of useless things, making you ready to take in new stimuli the next day.
As you can see, sleep is important, and your mattress may have a much more important role in your life than you realized, so take picking your new mattress seriously.