A good night’s sleep is vital for your well-being. It’s conducive to maintaining happiness and good health.
Many people understand good sleep’s role in their well-being and are willing to splurge on a mattress that will facilitate quality sleep. Over 90% of people believe that sleep quality depends on bed quality.
A mattress that is too stiff, soft, uncomfortable or unsupportive will ruin your sleep and negatively impact your health.
The short-term effects include headaches and drowsiness after you wake in the morning. A bad mattress, when used for a long time, can also have serious long-term health complications such as spine problems, allergies, and more. Here are ways your mattress can ruin your health.
Your Mattress, if Not Supportive Enough, Can Cause Severe Back Pain
A quality mattress should offer adequate spine support. If it can’t achieve this, it could contribute to back pain and eventually lead to severe spine problems.
The reason for this is simple. The human spine is made up of interlocking bones called vertebrae. These bones have some natural curves that need to be maintained in their natural alignment at all times, including during sleep.
Any pull or push on your spine, even a slight deviation from the natural alignment, primarily due to a saggy mattress, could put pressure on the tendons and ligaments that connect your spine to your muscles and other bones. This results in discomfort during sleep and back pain when you wake up.
Fortunately, there are mattresses for chronic back pain that can help end the problem. Such beds are soft enough to contour to your body and firm enough to support your back if you’re a back sleeper.
Your Mattress Can Trigger Allergies
You spend more than seven hours in bed, and dust, dead skin, and body oils collect on your mattress every day. And dust mites love to feast on this stuff.
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live on mattresses and beddings. These tiny organisms feed on the flakes of skin that people and animals shed daily and thrive in warm environments.
According to experts from Ohio State University, more than 10 million dust mites are found in your bed. So if your mattress is more than ten years old, it has probably become a breeding ground for dust mites.
These creatures are invisible to the naked eye and can cause respiratory problems, skin problems, and eczema. So if you’ve begun to have breathing problems or allergic reactions, you may have your old mattress to blame for that.
A Bad Mattress Can Weaken Your Immune System
As mentioned earlier, your mattress affects your sleep quality. Sleeping on a lousy mattress prevents high-quality sleep, weakening your immune system.
Note that when you sleep, your body replenishes all that has been depleted during the day. Poor sleep (or no sleep) prevents your body from performing this task. This results in a weak immune system and predisposes your body to many illnesses, such as a cold.
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