Different types of mattresses have different lifespans, but the average mattress will last about 10 years before it starts showing its age. Some people try to use their old mattresses for as long as possible before replacing them. The problem with using this tactic is that it can compromise your health. Consider whether your old mattress could be causing you to suffer from any of the health issues discussed below.
Your mattress may trigger your allergies.
The recommended amount of sleep is equivalent to about one-third of a person’s life. That’s a lot of time to spend on a mattress, and during those hours, your body is shedding dead skin cells and natural oils. These substances create an appealing environment for dust mites. Dust mites have been linked to everything from eczema to snoring. They are particularly harmful to people with asthma and allergies. Signs of dust mite allergies include:
- A runny nose.
- Itchy, red, or watery eyes.
- Postnasal drip.
- Persistent coughing.
- Facial pressure and pain.
- Itchy nose, throat, or roof of the mouth.
Your mattress may contribute to back pain.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for trips to the doctor’s office—and old mattresses can make back pain worse. Over time, even high-quality mattresses become degraded and no longer support the body the way they should. An uncomfortable, lumpy, and unsupportive mattress makes it difficult to maintain a neutral spinal alignment at night. This can lead to back and neck pain. Sleepers who already have chronic back or neck pain may find that an old mattress makes the problem worse.
Your mattress may be robbing you of the healthy sleep you need.
Even if you aren’t allergic to dust mites and don’t have chronic back pain, your old mattress could still be compromising your health in other ways. It’s harder to get comfortable on an old mattress, and this cuts into your sleeping time. Sleep deprivation has been linked to a number of health problems, including an increased risk of the following:
- Overweight and obesity.
- Heart disease.
When it’s time to invest in a new mattress, you can head over to Mancini’s Sleepworld. We have 33 convenient locations in northern California, where you can check out the latest in luxurious, comfortable mattress models. Call (800) 647-5337 for more information, or continue browsing our site to view new mattress models by Aireloom, Stearns and Foster, and Kluft.