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Why Old Mattresses Mean More Than a Sore Back

By Chris Brown

It's understood that the longer you own a mattress, the more it breaks down, starts to sag, and becomes increasingly uncomfortable. However, it's less known just how much a mattress's breakdown similarly breaks down a sleeper's body. Old mattresses cause health problems that go well beyond the occasional soreness. They can impact the quality of your nightly sleep, which can have lasting health effects and impacts upon nearly every bodily function. Diagnosing and replacing an old mattress is one way (along with other healthy sleep habits, such as reducing your nightly noise pollution) that can provide you with the healthy, rejuvenating night of sleep you deserve.

How a Broken-Down Mattress Impacts the Sleeper

Not only does a bad or old mattress lead to a sore back or hips, it can impact your overall health by reducing your ability to get much-needed deep sleep. Lack of deep sleep occurs when the body tosses and turns throughout the night to get comfortable. This movement effects your sleep even if you don't consciously remember waking to move. Even partial waking keeps a sleeper from reaching the deep sleep levels required for health. Deep sleep is important for proper functionality of the body and a lack of it can cause:

  • Lowered immune system
  • A 48 percent higher chance of heart disease
  • Issues with long-term memory formation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Aged skin
  • Greater instances of obesity
  • Lowered levels of testosterone in males

Do I Have a Bad Mattress?

In general, mattresses are only built to last between 7-10 years, but that is entirely dependent upon mattress care, user weight, and environmental attributes. There are some fairly obvious clues that it is time to switch your mattress.

  • You experience bad sleep quality
  • You wake up sore and achy
  • You notice a sag in the mattress
  • You get more allergies than normal

If any of these signs becomes a regular occurrence, it is likely time to shop for a new mattress.

Your poor nights of sleep may not be caused only by your mattress. Bodily pain from joint or spinal dysfunction may be keeping you from the deep sleep you deserve. Stop by for a walk-in session at your local chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic. Treatments are affordable at The Joint, without insurance, and can provide priceless improvements to your nightly sleep, according to research.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Simi Valley, Calif.

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