How To Tell If Your Mattress Has Gone Bad

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.

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Sleep and Your Health – Does It Really Matter?


Sleep and Your Health

Sleep – wonderful, restorative Sleep. We all know how refreshed we feel after a good night’s sleep, but is “feeling good” just a feeling? In truth, adequate, quality sleep has major health benefits as well. While you are sleeping, your internal systems are working hard to keep you healthy in mind and body. The central nervous system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system are all dependent upon the amount and quality of your sleep to keep your body in good working order.

Here are just a few of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep:

  • Improved Memory. While you sleep a process called consolidation occurs. This process strengthens memories and re-enforces skills learned while you were awake.
  • Extended Life Span. Sleep allows the body to regenerate itself and improves the quality of your waking life.
  • Reduced Inflammation-linked Diseases. Sleep increases the body’s immune system, which helps keep diseases like heart disease, diabetes and arthritis in check.
  • Increased Creativity. Sleep helps the brain restructure memory to enhance talent and ability.
  • Increased Stamina. Sleep decreases daytime fatigue leading to improved performance at work, school or during recreational activities like sports.
  • Improved Mental Capacity and Attention Span. Sleep rejuvenates the brain, reducing functional impairment and increasing mental ability.
  • Healthy Weight Management. Sleep and metabolic function are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. Adequate sleep helps control the hormones that drive hunger.
  • Reduction in Stress and Depression. Sleep helps the body control blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as decreasing the anxiety that often leads to depression.

Sleep and Your Cardiovascular Health

sleep and your heartSleep, surprisingly, has a profound effect on cardiovascular health. Too much or too little sleep creates serious cardiovascular problems that can lead to chronic heart disease, stroke, and/or premature death.

Recent studies involving nearly 500,00 people have shown that too little sleep – less than 6 hours a night – increases the risk of developing or dying from coronary heart disease by nearly 48%.  Follow up studies on these same groups indicated a 15% increase in the risk stroke. Those in the studies who slept 9 or more hours a night showed a 38% increase in coronary heart disease and a 65% increased risk of stroke.

While sleep patterns may not necessarily be the primary cause of cardiovascular complications, it is obvious that the amount and quality of nightly sleep are certainly a contributing factor. Research into the possibility of reversing the effects of too much or too little sleep is relatively new and the ability to monitor effects are not always accurate. The best rule of thumb to avoid sleep-related cardiovascular problems would be to keep your nighttime routine to 6 to 8 hours of undisturbed sleep.

Sleep and Your Mental Health

sleep deprivationSleep deprivation has become a major health crisis in the United States. While we often feel the physical effects, many of us don’t realized the effect that our sleep patterns have on our mental well-being. Statistics show that nearly 1 in 5 Americans exhibits some form mental illness. Of those diagnosed with psychiatric illness, 50% to 80% complain of ongoing sleep problems. In comparison, only 20% of the general population have similar complaints.

The chemical disruptions caused by sleep problems can be both a cause and a symptom of mental disorders. Some psychiatric problems like depression, insomnia, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and bipolar disorder can adversely affect sleep patterns, while some like anxiety can be triggered by sleep deprivation.

Many of the effects of sleep deprivation may be modified or avoided completely by simply resetting your sleep pattern to the recommended 6 to 8 hours nightly. A process called chronotherapy is an excellent, drug-free place to start your re-set. Chronotherapy involves changing your bedtime and wake-up time a little bit each day until your schedule is where it should be. This change of schedule allows the melatonin (the body chemical that promotes sleep) in your system to be released at the proper time to insure quality, restorative sleep.

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Other suggestions include meditation, a warm bath, a cooler bedroom, and reducing stimulating activities near bedtime.


A good mattress can also make a difference in the quality of your sleep. At Mindy’s Ohio Mattress, we carry a full line of top name mattresses at competitive prices. You’re sure to find one that will have you sleeping like a baby again. Contact us today for more information.

Why Buy a Tempur-Pedic Mattress?

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Why buy a Tempur-Pedic Mattress?  Here’s some quick facts-
​​-98% of Tempur-Pedic owners report that they are satisfied with the quality of their mattress
​-95% say they are satisfied with the quality of sleep their Tempur-Mattress provides
​-95% say they are satisfied with the comfort of their Tempur-Pedic mattress
​-96% are satisfied with the support of their mattress
​-98% say they are satisfied with the lack of motion disturbance of their Tempur-Mattress
​-95% are satisfied with their Tempur-Ergo set

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2.  Know the people behind the business
Shopping at LOCAL businesses means shopping from a neighbor or friend.  Building relationships with people from your town is always a plus!

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Pete Primeau, Sales Representative for Sherwood Bedding Group, stopped by Mindy’s Ohio Mattress to Thank them for the Opportunity to bring Sherwood Mattresses to the Mount Vernon, Ohio area!  Pete says they looked at all the stores in the area and Mindy’s was their very 1st Pick!  Mindy’s Ohio Mattress offers over 13 different Sherwood Mattresses to choose from! 

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Why buy at Mindy’s Ohio Mattress?  We all know that most people check online for reviews before making any purchases.  I’m the same way.  I read reviews not only about the product I’m considering buying but also the company I’m buying the product from.  Here are some things to consider before making your next Mattress or Recliner purchase.
Read the quotes directly from the reviews and testimonials our Customers have given to us!

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If you read my last Blog- Bed Bugs- What to Look for, then you are probably itching and ready to check every room in your house if you haven’t already!  I know I did after learning all of that!  So now you’re probably asking what can I do to prevent Bed Bugs from coming in.  If you’ve already had an infestation stay tuned for my next blog and I’ll help you too!

It’s much easier to prevent bed bugs from coming in than it is to get rid of them once they are in your house.  According to the 2013 Bugs without Borders survey bed bugs remain the most difficult pest to treat – more difficult than cockroaches, termites and ants!  Follow these tips from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and  to help prevent Bed Bugs from coming in to your house!

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Latex Mattresses- Reasons to consider a Latex Mattress

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CertiPur-US- What does this Mean?

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Mindy’s Ohio Mattress has several mattresses that proudly display this symbol.  But what exactly does the CertiPur-Us symbol stand for and what does it mean to you, the consumer?  Keep reading to find out!

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