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How Your Mattress Can Negatively Impact Your Health

By Sara Butler

Settling into bed after a long day is a great feeling. Waking up in the morning refreshed and ready to face the day is even better. But sometimes the mattress you’re sleeping on can make the goal of a great night’s sleep impossible -- and not simply because your mattress is uncomfortable. Here are a few ways that your mattress could be having a negative impact on your sleep and your overall health.

It Might Be Triggering Allergies

Dust mites love to live in mattresses. These microscopic creatures live off the humidity in your mattress and the dead skin cells that flake off you nightly. You can’t see them but there’s a pretty big chance they’re living in your home and you may not even be aware of it.

Some people are allergic to the feces and decaying bodies of dust mites and coming into contact with it can cause problems breathing, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. If you have asthma, it could make your symptoms much worse too.

The bottom line: dust mites in your bed could mean a restless night.

It Might Be Causing Back Pain

One of the most important jobs your mattress does is support your spine. If it doesn’t support your spine adequately, then you’ll wake up in the morning with a stiff, achy back.

A good mattress will support your body enough to keep your spine in a neutral position and support its natural curves. If your mattress sags, your spine will too. So, if you’re waking up in the morning with a sore back, then it’s probably time for a new mattress.

It Might Increase Night Sweats

If you ever wake up in a pool of your own sweat, then it might be because of your mattress. Some medications and medical conditions can cause night sweats, but your mattress could be an unsuspecting source of a sweaty night.

Mattresses made from a dense foam or some other material that collects heat can cause you to sweat and that may interrupt your sleep at night and make you feel as if you’ve not rested at all when it’s time to get up. If you have night sweats, first consult a doctor. If it’s not an underlying health issue and it’s not the time for a new mattress, try investing in sheets and are made of light fabric to try to help.

Your mattress is very important. So make sure you have one that is helping you to be healthier, not the other way around!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orlando, Fla.

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