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5 Ways Your Old Mattress Could Be Harming Your Health

October 23, 2018


Your mattress could be harming your health. Here’s how.

Investing in a new mattress can seem a little daunting. Depending on the sleeping surface you require, it could be quite a big expense. However, putting it off could be harming your health in ways that you haven’t even considered. This statement may seem a little hyperbolic, but it makes more sense when you take into account that you might be spending up to 8 hours every day on this particular surface. Proximity to any given item for such a long time each day is bound to have a significant impact on the quality of your life.

Here are 5 ways in which your old mattress could be harming your health:

Dust Mites Could Cause Allergies

When we sleep on a mattress for a long time, we shed quite a bit of dead skin cells and natural oils onto its surface. These biological components appeal to dust mites, which can become problematic for individuals with a propensity for allergies like asthma and skin condition like eczema, since these conditions become worse in the presence of mites.

There Could Be Mold Involved

When you've been sleeping on a mattress for 8+ years it contains a lot of your sweat. Sorry, but it's true. This sweat causes a damp environment, which is the ideal environment for mold to thrive. Exposure to mold, in turn, can lead to breathing problems and sleep disruption.

Back & Neck Pain Could Develop

Old mattresses do not provide adequate support while you sleep. This places pressure on the joints, ligaments and tendons of the spine, which will ultimately result in neck and back pain.

It Could Cause Relationship Stress

If you’re sharing your bed with your partner or spouse, an older unit is likely to become the cause of relationship (and overall) stress. Older mattresses tend to sag and move when one partner shifts or gets up at night, thereby waking or disrupting the other partner as well.

It Could Impact Your Memory

Proper sleep is imperative for optimal memory consolidation. If you are not comfortable enough to sleep soundly, your memory will definitely suffer in the long run.

These are just a few of the ways in which an outdated sleep surface could be hampering your ability to enjoy a healthy and vital life. If you are concerned that your current mattress could lie at the root of some of your health concerns, or may start impacting it in future, it could be time to invest in a new model that suits your sleeping style and comfort requirements. Even if you’re not sure what exactly you need, there is an easy way to find out! Simply visit your nearest Bed King branch in store to try out the Comfort Solutions Lab®, a newly-developed unit that assesses your body’s unique pressure points and recommends the comfort-graded mattress best suited to your needs.


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