Surprising Ways Your Mattress Affects Your Sleep
We look to our bed for comfort and warmth, to curl up in a cozy ball after a hard day’s work and to feel refreshed for the next morning cycle. It may surprise you, then, to learn your mattress may actually be hindering — rather than helping — your health. Read on to discover the ways your mattress means more to your health than you may think, how it may be harming your health and how to do something about it.
- Your Mattress Could Be Triggering Allergies
Allergies are a real pain, both on your wellbeing and to track down the source. Unfortunately, millions of allergy sufferers find that it’s something called “Home Fever” behind their recent bout of sniffles. This is because your mattress can be the source of dust mites, a microscopic relative of the spider found in warm dusty areas like pillows and mattresses. Feeding off dead skin, dust mites can trigger allergic reactions in some people, causing everything from your typical cough and runny nose to wheezing. The best antidote against these pesky mites is consistent cleaning, regular mattress turning or getting a hypoallergenic memory foam mattress like the Emma.
- You’re Waking Up with Back Pain
Your mattress may be silently hurting your back by not providing enough spine support. This commonly manifests itself in lower back pain, a consistent problem for many adults. If your mattress is either too lax or too soft, it puts pressure on the tendons which connect your spine to other muscles and bones, causing lingering pain. If you wake up sore, it may be time to buy a new firm mattress to help support your spine.
- … Or Sore Joints
Like back pain, a mattress can also affect our joints. Sufferers with arthritis, for instance, often complain about their mattresses support, with nagging pain in the morning. This is because your mattress must provide enough support for your spine, neck, shoulder, waist, hips, legs and knees to provide lasting comfort through the night. Although finding the perfect mattress to help your joints is entirely subjective, an orthopaedic mattress can help support and minimise chronic joint pain.
- Using your mattress as an office can trigger anxiety
We all sometimes feel we have to take our work to bed with us, to complete an assignment or check-in with the office. However, this constant attachment to work-related stresses and screen technology can have an inverse reaction on our sleeping health. What’s more, by preventing sleep in the one area designed for sleeping, you are only fuelling further anxiety problems as your tired brain cannot function correctly. To kick this habit, stick to regular sleeping routines with regular exercise and, perhaps most importantly, cut-off all work-related associations from your mattress; it is a sacred place of sleep, not stress.
- Your Waking Up Tired
Waking up tired is never a nice feeling. Although we tend to blame our tiredness on stress or inadequate sleep (and rightly so), the root cause may also be your old mattress which needs replacing. While we think of mattresses as hardy long-life partners in sleep, they do have a finite life span. Although your old mattress may offer plush-like comfort, it needs to be both functional and comfortable. Looking for the perfect mattress that’s not too soft and not too firm will work wonders on your sleep, leaving you relaxed and refreshed instead of tired the next day.