Is your mattress uncomfortable, making you achy all over? Does it creak and groan when you get into bed? Do you toss and turn all night and wake up as tired as you were at bedtime? Your mattress may be telling you it’s gone over to the dark side.
A bad mattress is more than just a pain in the back and neck. New or old, a mattress that causes difficulty sleeping and daytime pain is a bad mattress. If you said yes to any of the above questions, you are probably well aware of the effect a bad mattress can have on sleep quality. A bad mattress, however, may cause other problems that are not as readily obvious.
How a Bad Mattress Affects Your Sleep
While factors like stress, stimulants (caffeine, nighttime gaming, etc.), and heavy late-night snacks can affect your sleep, a bad mattress is often the primary cause of poor sleep quality. Although sleep quality has no clear definition, experts describe it as an individual’s satisfaction of the sleep experience. The guidelines include falling asleep in 30 minutes or less, waking no more than once a night, and feeling rested and restored upon awakening.
According to medical experts, the average adult requires seven to eight hours of good quality sleep a night to maintain mental and physical health. Good quality sleep consists of two cycles, the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) cycle and the non-Rapid Eye Movement (non-REM) cycle. During the REM cycles, the brain is resting and rejuvenating. During the non-REM cycles, the body is healing, regenerating tissue, and building bone and muscle.
Sleeping on a bad mattress can interrupt sleep cycles in a number of ways:
- makes it hard to get comfortable and fall asleep.
- causes breaks in the sleep cycle (tossing and turning)
- creates painful pressure on sensitive points of the body
- fails to give adequate support to neck and spine, causing stiffness and pain
The negative effects of sleep interruption on body rejuvenation are determined by where in the sleep cycle the interruption occurs.
Your Bad Mattress and You
Sleeping on a bad mattress is more than just painful. It can cause a number of health effects that range from simply annoying to very serious. Next day drowsiness, headaches, dust mite-induced lung and throat irritation, lack of concentration, and memory loss are all short-term problems that can result from sleeping on a bad mattress. Other, more serious, long-term effects include:
- inactivity-induced obesity due to lack of energy
- a weakened immune system
- heart conditions, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of stroke
- premature aging and a breakdown of skin elasticity
- decreased libido
As frightening as these can be, avoiding the possibility of having to deal with them is simple. Get rid of that bad mattress. There are a number of mattress recycling locations throughout the country. Check to see if there is one near you. If not, research disposal methods approved for your area and dispose of the problem responsibly.
Do you sleep better on a bed other than your own? Is your sofa more comfortable than your bed? Do you wake up tired and cranky? It may be time to dump your bad mattress and invest in a new one that is better suited to your personal needs. Here at Mindy’s Ohio Mattress, our experts will help you find the perfect mattress to give you the quality sleep your body needs. Contact us today for more information.