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How Your Old Mattress Is Sabotaging Your Sleep And Overall Health

Many of us experience aches and pains after physical activity. It’s understandable, we suppose. However, waking up sore after a night of sleep seems to be unfair. As we age, stiffness and achiness are often felt after getting out of bed. The culprit, however, isn’t always the simple act of getting older. An aging mattress can wreak havoc on your sleep quality and leave you with unwanted aches and pains.

Sagging gives you no support.

Over time, the core of a mattress loses its firmness and sags under the weight of your body. This lack of support can lead to improper spinal alignment during the night. The end result is often discomfort and pain in your back, neck and shoulders. As your body tries to compensate for the lack of support, it can result in restless sleep and waking up feeling less than refreshed.

“Where there is a dip in the mattress your body will follow its shape,” explains the UK’s Original Bed Company, “Your spine will be curved while you sleep and your muscles will have to work harder to keep your body supported. This eventually leads to your bed causing you back pain.”

An uneven surface creates discomfort.

No one wants to sleep on a lumpy surface. However, due to wear and tear, an old mattress can develop unevenness. This can create pressure points that dig into your body. Ouch! These pressure points can restrict blood flow, leading to numbness and discomfort in your extremities. In addition, unevenness can make it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position, further hindering your sleep quality.

Accumulated allergens make you sick.

Old mattresses are notorious for harbouring dust mites, dead skin cells and other allergens. Yuck! These unwelcome guests can trigger allergies and asthma, making it difficult to breathe freely during the night. Constant exposure to allergens can lead to chronic sleep disturbances, leaving you feeling fatigued and congested in the morning.

“The dreaded house dust mite is one of the most common triggers for an allergic reaction,” informs the UK’s National Bed Federation, “And the hub of these dust mites is your bed – one of their favourite places to live…A typically used mattress has anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million mites inside.”

Noise keeps you up at night.

Does your old mattress creak and squeak with every move you make? Annoying groans from an aging mattress can prevent a good night’s sleep. These nocturnal sound effects can create interruptions in your sleep cycle, preventing you from reaching the deeper stages of restorative slumber.

Restlessness stresses you out.

Are you stressed out from getting a lack of sleep? If so, you are among more than a third of Canadians who complain of chronic stress due to sleep deprivation. As Olivia Bush reports on MadeInCA.ca, “lack of sleep is linked with chronic stress, with 36.3% of people sleeping less than the recommendation reporting feeling chronically depressed.” She goes on to reveal that investing in a new mattress can improve the quality of your sleep by up to 55%.

Are you ready to invest in a high-quality mattress that can vastly improve your sleep? Home hospital beds allow individuals to increase sleeping comfort by adjusting bed positioning with proper therapeutic mattress surfaces. To learn all about them, please don’t hesitate to call LifeCareMobility Solutions at 416-267-9800 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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