How you wake up feeling in the morning is to a very large extent dependent upon how well you spent the night before. Sleep deficiency has been linked with a myriad of problems, including fatigue, irritability, headache, high blood pressure and increased risk of obesity. Experts recommend at least eight hours of sleep at night. However, the quality of sleep matters as much as the quantity. A few hours of deep, peaceful sleep can do you more good than eight hours of tossing and turning in bed.
Believe it or not, your mattress has a big role to play in determining the quality of your sleep. However, the sad truth is that we don’t give much thought to our mattress until it shows the visible signs of physical wear. All products come with a use-by date. The same is true for mattresses. It is highly likely that after seven or more years of use, your old mattress is not providing the comfort and support needed for a good night’s sleep. Mattresses that have become old or are inappropriate for your body are known to cause several problems, some of which are listed below.
The most common symptom experience by people sleeping on the wrong mattress is back and neck pain. An old saggy mattress or a very firm one adversely affects your sleeping posture, straining your muscles and wreaking havoc for your spine alignment. So if you are experiencing pain in your neck, shoulders, back or spine, it might be time to consider replacing your current mattress.
Allergies and asthma
Over long years of use, mattresses become a good breeding ground for bugs, bacteria, fungi and dust mites, triggering asthma symptoms, sneezing, eczema, itching and allergies in many people. The best way to prevent is by changing the sheets and vacuuming, drying out and airing the mattress at regular intervals. Further, you can use mattress and pillow protects and anti-bacterial spray to keep mites and bacteria away.
Increased anxiety and stress
Sleep deprivation has been known to increase anxiety levels and make a person susceptible to depression. Headaches, irritability, lethargy and pain caused due to poor quality of mattress adversely affect your stress levels. Adequate sleep improves mood, attitudes as well as promotes feelings of competence and self-esteem.
Inadequate sleep is also associated with reduced physical performance, low motivation and decreased work productivity. While workouts and exercise positively affect sleep patterns, sleep deprivation leads to lethargy, drowsiness and lack of attention in people, thus compromising with their performance.
People who don’t get adequate sleep at night are more prone to obesity than the ones who do. This is because the drowsiness and low energy levels caused due to sleep deprivation induce them to indulge in over-eating.
If you are experiencing any one or more of the above problems, it might be time to consider replacing your current mattress. Buying the right mattress involves investment of time, money and effort but at the end of the day, it is worth it. After all, a good night’s is simply priceless.
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