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Pop quiz: how old is your mattress?

Unless you bought it within the past year, you’d probably have to count backward, and do some tricky memory math to try to figure it out.

Most of us don’t think much about our mattresses, which is odd, considering how much of our lives we spend on them. Just because we’re unconscious for most of those hours doesn’t make our beds any less important. It’s the opposite, in fact.

A good night of rest is one of the best things you can do for your health, so having a supportive bed is key. And it’s not just for your comfort, although that is one of the reasons. Theeffects of sleeping on a bad mattressextend beyond your bedtime and can even affect your breathing and mental health.

In this article, we’ll give you some guidelines on how to know when it’s time to say adios to your old bed and replace it with something new.

Life Expectancy of a Mattress

How long you can reasonably expect to keep your bed varies depending on who you ask. Mattress manufacturers will tell you once every eight years, but Consumer Reports says a quality bed should last for ten years. Call it paranoia, but it seems like the manufacturers are trying to steer us into replacing our beds more quickly than needed.

That being said, there are a lot of factors that can affect the life expectancy of your sleeping surface:

Type of mattress:Natural latex and high-density memory foam last longer than innerspring and low-density memory foam.

Quality:Usually, you get what you pay for.

Your age and weight:Heavier people will naturally make a mattress compress or sag more quickly. And as you age, you become more sensitive to subtle indentations.

Lifestyle:If you use your bed only for sleeping and take good care of it, it’ll outlive something that has kids jumping on it or sustains other bouncy extracurricular activities.

When to Ditch Your Old Bed

Dust Mites

10 million. That’s the average number of sleeping partners you have on any given night. These microscopic dust mites feed on your dead skin cells and use your bed as a toilet. Gross, isn’t it. It’s a good thing you can’t see these guys because they’re downright gross.

Many of us unknowingly sleep right on top of them without realizing it, but if you’ve got allergies, asthma, skin rashes, or experience tightening in your chest when you lie down for sleep, you may be allergic to dust mites and their fecal matter.

To prevent their population from raging out of control, make sure you wash your sheets weekly in hot water, vacuum the surface of your bed, and keep the temperature and humidity in your room as low as possible.

Over the course of several years, these critters multiply. If you haven’t taken precautions to control their multiplication, it might be time to consider a new bed sooner rather than later.

Body Pain

An aging mattress often bows or sags in the middle where we put the most weight on it. When this happens, we might wake up with low back pain, stiffness or sore muscles.

If you find that you feel this way after a night of what should have been restful sleep, it might be time to find something new. If you put it off too long, the pain can become chronic and could increase your chances of injury.

Deformation

Deformation, or sagging, occurs when the surface of the bed gets indents in it from years of bearing your weight. Take out your measuring tape and take a look at whether or not there are any visible areas of sagging. Some companies cover this under warranty provided you’ve taken good overall care of the rest of the surface.

Hygiene Issues

Dust mites aren’t the only thing you have to worry about. As humans, we’re pretty gross ourselves. As we sleep, in addition to skin cells, we also secrete about a cup of water per night. What doesn’t evaporate, soaks right through our sheets and into our mattress. It encourages the growth of mold and mildew.

Thankfully, a waterproof mattress cover can prevent this issue from happening, but if you didn’t put one on your bed from day one, you’ve most likely got some spores sprouting up.

Allergies

It’s not the dust mites themselves that people are allergic to, it’s their fecal matter that causes the itchy eyes, rashes and breathing challenges. Other culprits include mold, mildew, pet dander, dust, and pollen.

All of these things build up over time, so the longer you have your bed, the higher the chance of having an allergic reaction.

Joint Soreness

If you wake up in the morning or the middle of the night feeling any aches and pains, your bed could be the culprit. It’s likely that it’s not providing ample support to keep your spine in alignment. It’s natural for a sleeping surface to become softer over time, but if it becomes too soft, you’re in for a night of tossing and turning.

When you lie down, your spine should maintain a natural, relatively straight line. When a bed ages, it can cause your body to dip. If you spend hours in this position, you’ll likely feel the effects.

Lack of Sleep

If you’ve slept eight hours but still wake up groggy, it could be your bed’s fault. A night or two won’t kill you, but chronic sleep deprivation can lead to more serious health conditions. Not only are you depriving your body of the time it needs to repair and restore itself, lack of proper bedtime also results in daytime drowsiness, poor judgment, and mood swings.

How to Fix a Bad Mattress

Mattress Topper

If you’re not quite ready to invest in a whole new bed, you can extend its life by about a year if you add a mattress topper. It can smooth out any dips and sags and provide extra cushion and support.

Look for one that doesn’t trap your body heat. That way you’ll sleep both comfortable and cool.

Mattress Cover

If you’re suffering from allergies, you can create a barrier between yourself and those icky dust mites by adding a mattress cover to your bed. Some even have a bit of padding to make your experience extra comfortable.

Make sure the one you get is waterproof to prevent even more moisture from sinking down into bed.

Pillows

The right pillow can work wonders. If you feel yourself dipping down into the surface, relieve the pressure by placing a pillow between your knees for side sleeping. If you’re more of a back sleeper, put the pillow underneath your knees to give you a bit of lift and take the strain off of your lower back.

For those who sleep on their stomach, a pillow placed at the pelvic area helps prevent your body from bowing or arching.

Sleep Environment

Even if you have the best and newest mattress money can buy, you won’t rest well if your sleep environment is subpar. Here are a few tips to prepare your bedroom for a night of blissful shuteye:

  • Room temperature: cooler rooms help you sleep better than warm ones. This is because our body’s temp naturally drops at night. By keeping your bedroom cool, you allow nature to take its course.
  • Remove distractions: kick the television out of your room, or at least turn it off by a certain time. The same goes for electronic devices like smartphones and tablets. The last thing you need to do before your bedtime is stalking your high school ex on Facebook.
  • Eat and drink appropriately: avoid drinking a gallon of water before bed. The same goes for caffeine and excessively spicy foods. All of these serve to keep you awake and could send you to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Tell if My Mattress is Bad?

There are some telltale signs that you’ve got a bad mattress. Some of them may surprise you. Here are our top five things to look for:

  1. It takes you a long time to fall asleep: if you’re not comfortable, it’s more difficult to fall asleep.
  2. You wake up tired: your old mattress could be causing things like sleep apnea or other breathing issues that compromise the quality of your sleep.
  3. Your sex drive is low: this is surefire sign that you’re not getting enough Zzz’s
  4. You wake up feeling congested or with a stuffy nose: Unless it’s allergy season and you’ve got hay fever, waking up congested or stuffy is a common symptom of a dust mite invasion.
  5. Your skin looks lackluster or even starts breaking out: lack of quality sleep increase stress hormones, which result in acne, a loss of skin elasticity, and even wrinkles.

Can It Possibly Cause Sciatica?

If you know anyone that has sciatica, you’ll probably hear them complain about it constantly. It’s quite painful. Sciatica is a painful, tingly or numbing sensation down the side or back of the legs that runs down the sciatic nerve (the nerve that starts at the low back and runs down to the feet).

It’s caused by degenerative disc disease and sleeping on a bad mattress can accelerate or exacerbate sciatica symptoms. Therefore, indirectly, you could say that it can cause sciatica. It certainly won’t help!

Conclusion

Sleep is an essential function for everyday health. And as you’ve read here, not getting adequate sleep can cause wrinkles. Nobody likes wrinkles.

Think back to when you purchased your bed. If it’s been more than five years or you’ve cut some corners on its care maintenance, it might be time for something new. Your health is your greatest asset, and a new bed is a simple and inexpensive way to protect it.

Sources and References:

  1. Changes in back pain, sleep quality, and perceived stress after introduction of new bedding systems – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
  2. How to Find Bed Bugs – epa.gov

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Is Your Mattress Messing with You? The Health Effects of Old Mattresses

By Marygrace Taylor
Last Updated On March 12th, 2020

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Like light bulbs or batteries, mattresses tend to be the kind of thing that we don’t give much thought to as long as they’re doing their job. But when the light or a battery stops working, you know right away and replace it ASAP.

But unless a mattress pops a spring or breaks somehow, most of us will keep using it long after it probably should have been replaced. Which can spell bad news for your health—andyour ability to get a decent night’s rest.

Here’s what you need to know about how an old mattress could affect your health, and how you can cope.

The Life Expectancy of a Mattress.

A high-quality mattress can give you years of comfortable sleep—but there’s no magic number as to exactly how many.

Typically, manufacturers recommend replacing your mattress every eight years. But according to Consumer Reports, a mattress that’s well cared for could easily last a decade. (Unless you’re over 40. By that age, your body tolerates less pressure, which means you might need a new mattress after five to seven years.)

In fact, most mattress companies, even the newer mattress in a box companies, offer a 10-year warranty. Some brands will even go above and beyond and offer a 20-year warranty or more. However, the length of the warranty and the length of a mattress’s life are two different things.

To ensure that your mattress lives a long, happy life, experts recommend giving it a little TLC. Some tips:

  • Don’t let kids jump on the bed.
  • Rotate your mattress every two months. Rotate single-sided mattresses from end to end, and flip double-sided mattresses over.
  • Use a bed frame with a center support to prevent sagging.

Still, even with the utmost care and attention, your mattress will eventually start to wear out. And when that happens, some not-so-great stuff is likely to follow.

Dead Skin, Body Oil, and Dust Mites, Oh My!

Since you spend about a third of your life in bed, you better believe that over time, your mattress starts to collect loads of dead skin and body oils. Who loves to snack onthatstuff? Dust mites.

In fact, the typical used mattress can house as many as10 millionof the microscopic bugs, according to Ohio State University experts. And since even dust mites poop, that stuff is in your bed, too.

Pretty disgusting, right? Mercifully, the little buggers are invisible—and most of us seem to get along with them just fine. But if you suffer from allergies, sleeping on a too-old mattress can pose a problem. Dust mite allergies can cause sneezing, runny noses, itchiness, watery eyes, coughing, and sinus pressure.

It gets worse if you have asthma, which can be exacerbated by dust mites. Then, you could be at risk for difficulty breathing, chest tightness, or even trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath.

Of course, even a mattress that’s a few months old can have dust mites, just not (nearly) as many as what would be in an older mattress or worse, a secondhand mattress. And since you can’t buy a new mattress every year (though wouldn’t it be great if you could?), it makes sense to take other steps to keep your sleeping space as dust mite-free as possible.

  • First, use allergen-proof bed covers. Their fabric is more tightly woven than regular covers, which can keep dust mites from escaping your mattress. Avoid purchasing used bedding at all costs.
  • Similarly, steer clear of bedding that’s difficult to wash, because it’s important to…
  • …Wash bedding frequently and thoroughly. Once a week in very hot water is the golden rule.
  • Vacuum frequently, too. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove dust from carpeting and upholstered furniture.
  • Always use a mattress protector. We recommend a mattress encasement because it covers all sides of the mattress and protects it from spills, bed bugs, allergens, and dust mites.

Bad Back Pain

As a mattress ages and begins to wear out, it starts to sag in the middle. So rather than sleeping on a flat, comfortable surface, you end up sleeping on one that’s awkwardly curved in the middle. In fact, one prominent spine expert compared it to sleeping in a hole.

Which sounds pretty unpleasant, right? Chiropractors agree that sleeping on an old mattress is a recipe for chronic back pain. That can mean tossing and turning through the night to find a more comfortable sleeping position, or simply waking up the next morning feeling stiff and sore.

Over time, the pain itself can make it harder to nod off and stay asleep, which can create a vicious cycle of discomfortandexhaustion. In fact, two-thirds of Americans say that their pain causes sleep problems, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Doesn’t sound so fun.

Fortunately, strategically placed pillows can help you find short-term relief: Place them under your knees if you sleep on your back, or between your knees if you sleep on your side.

That can help release some of the pressure on your back for the time being. But the better, more permanent solution, experts say, is to look for the best mattress for back pain.

Finding The Best Mattress

The best way to get rid of the problems caused by an old, worn-out mattress is simple: Replace it with a new one. But with so many options to choose from, how are you supposed to know which sleep surface is the best one for you? Here’s a quick breakdown of the basics:

  • Innerspring mattresses:This is your family of standard coil spring mattress, some of which come with comfortable topper materials like pillow or latex. They tend to range in firmness, though experts say that people who suffer from lower back pain might do better with a firmer surface. Note that innerspring mattresses must be used with box springs, which can trap bed bugs and dust mites.
  • Memory foam mattresses:These mattresses, which are growing in popularity, are made from layers of plush foam that respond to body weight and temperature. Since they mold to the shape of your body, memory foam mattresses are known for reducing pressure points and relieving pain.
  • Latex mattresses:Made from natural or synthetic rubber, these also offer firmness and support. That can make them a good choice for those with back pain, however, some people complain that latex mattresses aretoofirm.

What about mattress size? The most popular is the queen mattress, but if you’re in college, a twin or twin XL is probably best. If you’ve got kids sharing a room, try a full mattress or a twin mattress. And if you share your bed with a restless partner and you both need lots of room, go with a king size mattress. A California king is a great option for taller folks who need the extra leg room. Most mattress types are available in these wide range of sizes, so it’s easy to nab any size bed that fits your lifestyle and space restrictions.

The best way to tell which new mattress will work best for you? Test it out. If you’re a side sleeper, pick the best mattress for side sleepers. If you’re hitting the store, be sure to spend at least 10 minutes laying on the surface. And remember to bring your pillow, which will help to replicate your true sleeping environment as closely as possible.

Of course, you’ll get an even better idea of how comfortable a mattress really is if you can sleep on it for a full night—or forseveralfull nights. And not to toot our own horn or anything, but did you know that Amerisleep offers a 90-day sleep trial? Seriously—you can sleep on one of our top-rated mattresses for three months, and if for any reason it isn’t comfortable, you can return it.

Don’t forget about your budget! The average mattress price runs from about $800-$1200 for a high-quality queen size. Watch out for luxury beds that are marked up simply because of features that don’t actually help with sleep. And don’t fall for a cheap mattress eitehr

Saying Goodbye To Your Old Mattress

Once you’ve waved goodbye to dust mites and back pain with a new mattress, you still have to get rid of the old one. Which, thankfully, is pretty easy. There are over 50 mattress-recycling facilities in North America, and their numbers are growing all the time.

Did you sleep better after getting a new mattress? Is your current mattress impacting how you sleep right now?

This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.

About the author

Marygrace Taylor is a health and wellness writer based in Philadelphia. She’s covered healthy sleep and sleep hygiene for Amerisleep and other outlets since 2014. She also writes about diet and nutrition, women’s health, and fitness for outlets like Healthline, Men’s Health, and Prevention.

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10 Annoying Health Side Effects of Sleeping on a Bad Mattress

How do you feel after a bad night’s sleep? From drowsiness to headaches, the short-term effects of a night of low quality sleep are usually easy to notice as soon as you wake up.

The long-term effects, on the other hand, can take slightly longer to develop. From a less effective immune system to weight and respiratory issues, low quality sleep can cause a wide range of negative health effects.

Your mattress plays an important role in helping you fall and stay asleep. A mattress that’s too firm, too soft, not supportive enough or just plain uncomfortable can often be all it takes to prevent you from getting the quality sleep you need.

Are you concerned about the effects your mattress is having on your health? In this guide, we’ll share 10 annoying – and in some cases, potentially serious – health side effects of sleeping on a bad mattress.

Drowsiness

It shouldn’t be any surprise, but low quality sleep will usually leave you feeling tired and drowsy. If your mattress prevents you from falling asleep, it could have an effect on your alertness throughout the day.

While it’s normal to feel a little drowsy during the afternoon and particularly late in the evening, early or extreme drowsiness is not normal. If you can’t fall asleep easily on your mattress, it could be causing you to feel unnaturally tired during the day.

Back pain

Does your back hurt? While a wide range of different things, from sports injuries to joint issue, can cause back pain, a low quality mattress can often force you to sleep in an unnatural position that twists and strains your back.

If you need to twist awkwardly to feel comfortable in your bed, you could eventually injure your back. A soft but supportive mattress that lets you sleep comfortable on your back or side can keep your back straight and prevent injuries from developing.

Obesity

People that don’t get enough sleep, or often wake up during the night, have a higher risk of becoming obese than their peers. This is because the drowsiness and lack of energy caused by sleep deprivation can often lead to overeating.

If you feel hungrier during the day but haven’t increased your activity level, a poor quality mattress could be to blame. You should be able to fall asleep in 30 minutes or less – if not, consider replacing your mattress or adjusting your lifestyle.

Lung and throat irritation

The older your mattress is, the higher the likelihood of it containing large numbers of dust mites. Dust mites are a reality in every mattress, but older mattresses have a particularly high chance of being a haven for these irritating creatures.

Dust mites can lead to a number of skin and reparatory conditions such as eczema, asthma and sore throat. If your mattress and pillows are getting old, think about if it’s time to replace them. If new, take steps to prevent dust mites from developing.

Weak immune system

Have you ever noticed that you’re more likely to become sick when you don’t sleep enough? Long nights out with friends and low quality sleep at home can wear down your immune system and make your more likely to become sick.

From fevers to the common cold, a weak immune system makes you more likely to get caught by a wide range of illnesses. Keep yourself protected against illness with a mattress that gives you the comfort and support you need for great sleep.

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Heart conditions

If your mattress prevents you from getting eight hours of quality sleep per night, it could have a negative effect on your cardiac health. According to a European Heart Journal review, short sleepers have a 48% higher risk of developing heart disease.

That’s not an insignificant amount. When you cut your sleep short or fail to enjoy a full night’s sleep because of an uncomfortable mattress, you could increase the risk of developing heart disease.

Short sleep is also associated with a heightened risk of stroke, as well as high blood pressure. Replacing your mattress and spending an extra hour in bed could help you avoid several serious heart-related conditions.

Memory issues

It’s no surprise that your memory starts to fade after a bad night’s sleep. However, the long-term effects of sleep deprivation on memory are less well known and just as worrying.

Sleep plays a fundamental role in creating memories. When you’re sleep deprived, you won’t just fail to recall memories – you’re also less likely to form memories in order to remember the events that happen to youat that time.

Premature aging

Have you ever noticed black half-moon shapes under your eyes after you wake up from a bad night’s sleep? If your mattress keeps you awake, it could affect your skin in both the short term and the long term.

In a study of women’s sleep habits, cosmetic company Estee Lauder found that the women that slept the soundest had the youngest looking skin. Women that failed to get a good night’s sleep, on the other hand, were more likely to show signs of aging.

Joint soreness

Is your mattress too firm for comfort? Firm mattresses are occasionally marketed as being good for your posture, but the reality is that they’re more likely to contribute to joint pain than softer, more supportive mattresses.

There’s nothing wrong with a firm mattress, provided it’s supportive. If you sleep on a mattress that’s overly firm and stiff, the extra pressure on your tailbone, shoulders and arms could lead to joint soreness over the long term.

Reduced libido

The less you sleep, the lower your sex drive is likely to be. Research shows that lack of sleep has a serious negative effect on the sex drive and, in men, can lead to lower-than-normal levels of testosterone.

The link between low quality sleep and a weak sex drive is common to both women and men, although men appear to suffer the most side effects. In addition to a lower sex drive, lack of sleep can lead to erectile dysfunction and a reduced sperm count.

How Does Sleeping on a Bad Mattress Affect Your Health?

It’s clear that an old, worn out mattress can cause you to lose sleep, but so can a mattress that’s new or perfectly reasonable for someone else. Maybe it just doesn’t suit your sleep position or work for your body type. Either way, a lack of sleep can cause lots of problematic health issues and exacerbate symptoms you might already be dealing with. Here are a few important reasons to prioritize your sleep for better health in 2020.

Fatigue

The first problem with a bad or old mattress is the fatigue that you’ll experience when you don’t get a quality 7-9 hours of sleep. The feeling of fatigue is common and well-understood by most of us for various reasons: parenthood, job stress, family issues, etc. Feeling exhausted can slow your reaction time, cause you to make bad decisions, and generally hurt your performance, whether it’s at work or at home. If you’re waking up tired on a regular basis, your bed could be a major factor.

Weakened immune system

Studies show us that sleep loss or deprivation can cause a weakened immune system, making you more likely to get sick if you’re exposed to something (like the cold virus) and making it harder to recover quickly.

Weight gain

When you get less than optimal sleep, your body’s ability to detect when you are full is distorted. When that happens, people often feel hungrier, which leads them to eat more than necessary and ultimately gain weight. Sub-optimal sleep is also associated with increases in the secretion of insulin — a hormone that regulates glucose processing and promotes fat storage — after a meal. Higher levels of insulin are associated with weight gain, which is also a risk factor for diabetes.

Cardiac problems

Lack of sleep has been associated with hypertension (high blood pressure), which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. One study showed that men with sleep apnea were 58% more likely to develop congestive heart failure than men without the breathing disorder.

Mood disorders

Poor quality sleep or insufficient sleep can also lead to elevated levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, sleeplessness and stress can become a destructive cycle. Work on finding a sleep routine that helps you relax before bed and try to start winding down around the same time every night.

Body aches and pains

Back pain, neck stiffness, and shoulder aches are all common symptoms of a bed that’s not working for your body. You might be sleeping on a mattress that’s too soft or a mattress that’s too firm if you’re waking up sore.

Allergies or respiratory issues

Older mattresses have likely accumulated a decent amount of dust and dust mites. For those with sensitive sinuses, a response to this might manifest as allergy symptoms, like sneezing, headaches, or a stuffy head.

If you’re managing health issues and you think they might be related to how much sleep or the quality of sleep you get, it’s time to talk to the sleep experts at Mattress Man. We’ll help you find a mattress that makes the most of your sleep and puts you in position to get the best sleep possible.

How does a bad mattress affect sleep?

Having trouble sleeping is probably something that scares you with the crazy schedule you’re keeping. Therefore, you’re looking for every means at your disposal to avoid this issue that many people experience in adulthood. You still remember your worst night ever, when your parents took you camping, and you slept on a cot that looked more like a sheet of plastic than a real mattress.But did you know that this can also happen to you at home with a bad mattress?Polysleep, your foam mattress specialist, describes in detail the impact a poorly adapted mattress can have on your sleep, and how to remedy the situation if you are affected!

A bad mattress can have many shapes!

A bad mattress can take several forms, starting with a mattress with a fully integrated structure, but the size and/or firmness of which is not adapted to your morphology. In both cases, your sleeping position will feel unnatural! If the mattress is too small or does not provide you with the required support, you won’t sleep in an adequate position and you will unnecessarily use your muscles, which will then be under permanent strain instead of resting. You’ll also put pressure on your bones, especially your back, while your pressure points will not be relieved at all. As a result, you will be muscularly exhausted and still have pain all over your body in the morning, that is if the pain didn’t wake you up during the night!

Another problem is a mattress that prevents good air circulation. Poor ventilation will have the effect of retaining moisture, which is conducive to the development of mould. This lack of ventilation through the mattress will also prevent the effective dispersal of the heat you generate, which will make you sweat, especially in the summer! You will then move around more often to find a bit of coolness, not to mention the number of times you will wake up sweating in the night. Not great for a good night’s sleep!

Unrestful sleep, a variable to take seriously!

The only good thing about sleeping poorly is that you’ll notice it as soon as you wake up the next day. In the morning, you’ll find it harder to concentrate and make decisions. You’ll be much less productive, no matter what you do!

But all this will be the least of your worries if your sleep is disturbed over the long term. Lack of sleep over a long period of time weakens your immune system and can lead to cardiovascular complications.

What is more, a poor sleeping position can have serious consequences on your back, going from a herniated disc to, more frequently, a crick in the neck! These same ailments, combined with a lack of sleep, can increase your nervousness, and therefore your stress. So, sleeping on the wrong mattress can have disastrous consequences!

How to choose THE right mattress for restorative sleep?

The first thing to do is make sure you know WHEN to replace your mattress. The golden rule is, in the best-case scenario, your mattress will last 8 to 10 years. So, if you’ve had it for at least that long, or even longer, it’s time to change it! There is no mistaking some signs. For example, if when you lie down in bed, you sink into it, and when you get up, the shape of your body is still imprinted on it, you need a new mattress!

Once you’ve figured this out, you need to choose the right dimensions according to your height and weight, but not only that. You’ll also need to consider the best mattress design for you. Do you perspire a lot? Think about choosing a mattress that promotes better air circulation, so you don’t dehydrate to death. Do you have allergies? Favour mattresses with antimicrobial properties, such as Polysleep adult mattresses, which are composed of a viscoelastic foam that has such properties.

Now you know all the effects of a bad mattress on sleep! Thanks toPolysleep, you also know how to do something about it. Are you looking for a mattress that offers you state-of-the-art support and comfort? Take a look at our range of foam mattresses at polysleep.ca!

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