Do you ever have nightmares? If you do, you’re not alone. About 85 percent of adults report having nightmares at least once a year, with 8-29 percent reporting monthly nightmares and 2-6 percent having nightmares weekly. What causes these bad dreams to keep coming? And could your mattress be to blame?

It seems there are several different factors that can cause you to have bad dreams. Your experiences are a part of it, and people who have gone through a traumatic experience are likely to have nightmares in the aftermath. Stress, anxiety, and depression can trigger nightmares, as can taking in frightening content, like a scary movie. Nightmares can even be caused by medication you’re taking, or food you eat too close to bedtime. So where does your mattress come into play? Not getting enough quality sleep can also contribute to having nightmares, and your mattress plays a big part in how much and how well you sleep.

If you toss and turn at night, have to lie in a particular place on the mattress to fall asleep, or wake up feeling unrested or sore, your mattress may be to blame. If it makes noise when you move, or has lumps, springs, or sagging, those are clear signs that your mattress is on the way out. Consider this: Is it easier to fall asleep when you’re away from home or dozing on your couch than it is to fall asleep in your own bed? This may be a sign that you need a new mattress.

The perfect mattress is subjective, and the only way to really determine the best one for you is to do a bit of shopping and try some different types of mattress and levels of firmness. Then, too, you’ll have to consider your budget and sleep position. Perhaps the most important thing to assess when you’re looking for the right mattress is the support it provides. A mattress should keep your spine in proper alignment, supporting your body in a neutral position without creating any pressure points. Finding a mattress with good support will go a long way in helping you get a good night’s sleep.

Food for thought: if your mattress is over eight years old, you probably should be having nightmares about the mattress itself. Old mattresses are not just uncomfortable, they’re also unhygienic, containing bodily fluids like sweat, which can lead to the growth of mold. They also contain a buildup of dead skin cells that attracts dust mites. Have you ever seen a dust mite magnified? Now, that is the stuff of nightmares.

When you’re ready to find the perfect mattress in Northern California, you owe it to yourself to check out Mancini's Sleepworld. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, the Mancini'snow have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same-day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini's Sleepworld, contact us through our website or call 800-647-5337.