Our beds are supposed to be retreats; they are the safe and warm places in which we curl up at the end of a long day. They are the places we happily start our weekends, relaxing until we chose to finally rise. There is simply no place in the world better than your own bed.
Unless your bed is actually a hotbed of sickness-inducing pathogens, mites, and body waste. Have you considered the possibility that your bed–sweet, glorious bed–is actually making you sick? Could any illnesses or conditions that ail you be linked to the place you spend 6-8 hours every single night?
Unfortunately, it may be true. Your bed may be betraying you one night at a time, especially if you own an older mattress. If you sleep on an older mattress each night, it may be time to shop for a replacement mattress for an adjustable bed. You can then link comfort with health, wellness, and relaxation—the way life should be.
But first, consider your own ailments and the mattress that may be causing them. Here are the gritty, gross details that could literally make anyone sick.
First, let’s consider the secondhand effects of an old mattress. As mattresses age, they permanently change shape and lose their springy comfort. The less comfortable your bed is, the less fulfilling your sleep will be. Poor sleep has been associated with a number of conditions, including short-term problems like anxiety, headaches, irritability, and the common cold; and long-term effects like diabetes, hypertension, and depression.
Did you know that your allergy problems may be linked to your own bed, or at least the dust mites that call it home? Dust mites feed on skin cells and oils your body naturally deposits, and the mites quickly reproduce. In older mattresses, as many as 10 million of these goose bump-inducing arachnids can dwell inside. Dust mites are associated with allergies, congestion, and even asthma.
An old mattress teems with more than mites, skin cells, and sweat. Older mattresses may contain PBDEs, chemicals that have been found to cause liver, thyroid, and nervous system disorders.
In addition, old mattresses can simply be filthy. Dust, sweat, and traces of body waste like urine can have serious effects on the body, especially for those with suppressed or impaired immune systems. Even if you do not wet the bed or wake up drenched in sweat, you are still leaving trace amounts of these illness-inducing substances behind. At the very least, body moisture can cause mold and other fungal matter to sprout inside your mattress. Exposure to mold can cause upper respiratory illnesses and other serious conditions.
If you suffer from a chronic skin condition like acne, rashes, or eczema, your mattress may be the cause—or at least a worsening agent. There is a strong possibility that washing your sheets, comforters, and pillowcases is not sufficient. Bacteria and other filth in an old mattress may infect your skin and cause flare-ups.
If your mattress is more than 10 years old, you are making yourself sicker by the night. If you notice that you are frequently in poor health or are not sleeping well, you should seriously consider shopping for a replacement mattress for an adjustable bed in Minneapolis, MN.
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