Sore, Sick and Sad: Surprising Reasons Your Mattress May Be to Blame


You may go to bed every night and wonder why you feel so uncomfortably sore when you wake in the morning, and you might even be feeling sick a lot of the time and a bit down, without realizing that one of the causes of these issues, could actually be your mattress.

If you have not had a new mattress for some time, it is something that is certainly worth reviewing, as a change could help to bring about an improvement in your health as a result.

Addressing your back pain

It is hard to argue with the observation that where and what you sleep on can make a big difference on how your back feels a few hours later.

If you have spent an uncomfortable night tossing and turning in your bed in a futile attempt to get the right sleep position, you will no doubt agree that the quality of the mattress you are sleeping on can be a big influence on the matter.

If you regularly wake up feeling sore and stiff, your back pain may well be telling you that you are overdue a new mattress.

Take care to choose the right mattress however, as one that is too soft could end up compressing your spine while you sleep, so look for one that provides just the right level of support, especially if you suffer from back problems.

Bad for your allergies

As unpleasant as it might be to consider, your mattress is pretty good at collecting dead skin and body oils.

These are attractive ingredients for dust mites, and a single mattress can become home to as many as ten million of these critters, who are invisible to the naked eye, but if you were to get a microscope on your mattress, you might just find them feeding on the skin cells and oil.

If you are one of the estimated twenty million people in the U.S who are allergic to dust mites, there is every chance that your mattress could be causing you to experience itchy eyes, coughing, a runny nose and watery eyes, all classic symptoms of an allergic reaction to dust mites.

If you are experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis or have been diagnosed as suffering from asthma, it may well be time to evict your unwelcome residents and get a new mattress.

Feeling stressed?

You might not consider there to be an obvious connection between your mattress and your stress levels, but there have been studies that showed when people slept on a new more comfortable mattress, they demonstrated lower levels of stress.

There will almost certainly be other factors contributing to your stress levels rather than just your mattress, but trying and failing to get a good night’s sleep on an old or poor quality mattress, is hardly going to help improve your mood.

Sleep is so important to our general health and well being, so it makes sense to give yourself the best chance of a restful sleep, by having a good mattress.

Owen Brady is passionate about home decor and DIY/Renovation projects. He works in a home furnishings store and is happy to offer his insights on color schemes and more. He shares his knowledge further through his articles.