Mattresses and Their Impact on Health

Mattresses and Their Impact on Health

Getting a good night’s sleep has health benefits thus a good amount of quality sleep is recommended. However, there are a number of things that can help you sleep peacefully throughout the night or keep you tossing and turning all night. The mattress you sleep on is one of those things. A mattress can affect how well you sleep and your health.

Soft mattresses

Soft mattresses are thought to help in relieving back, and joint pain and are said to be ideal for providing support to those who sleep on their side. However, one of the concerns regarding the use of soft mattresses is that they don’t provide adequate support for the spine. This introduces the risk of the spine being pushed out of alignment. These mattresses are also not recommended for children.

Firm mattresses

These mattresses are praised for their ability to help maintain a straight body position that keeps the spine in alignment, in a neutral position. They also promote better breathing during sleep. Some people, however, find them uncomfortable, and this can affect the quality of sleep; leading to problems associated with inadequate sleep.

Old mattresses

Old mattresses often have a build-up of oils, dirt, skin cells and to top it off, dust mites that can trigger allergic reactions and worsen conditions such as asthma. They can also cause back pain and sore joints due to the fact that they are worn out and not providing the required support or cushioning you from a hard bed. Other health problems though not directly resulting from an old or poor quality mattress include drowsiness, obesity, a weakened immune system, poor memory, and lower libido. These problems are linked to lacking enough sleep, a problem that an uncomfortable, old mattress can cause.

Memory foam mattresses

Though not studied well, there are a number of benefits associated with the memory foam mattress. These include better sleep among people with back pains. The advantages are associated with its ability to soften under body heat resulting in a shape that follows the body’s curves. This is thought to provide better support for the body. Certain negative consequences have also been associated with memory foam mattresses though, again, no scientific evidence has proved that they indeed cause these effects. Stemming from the chemicals that may be used in memory foam mattress production such as Acetone, Formaldehyde, and PentaBDE, health concerns have been raised. This is mainly due to phenomena such as off-gassing, i.e., the chemical-like new smell released by these mattresses. Off-gassing is thought to contribute to a number of health problems like irritation of the eyes and the respiratory system, other symptoms of allergy, headaches, dizziness, and forgetfulness.

The type of material used in some types of mattresses such latex can also cause allergic reactions in people who have latex allergies.

Since what you sleep on is so important, it makes sense to take the time to select a mattress that will give you maximum comfort as you sleep and keep you healthy. Blindly following advertisements and people’s recommendations is not wise because with mattresses, what is right for one person may not work for you. Know the types of mattresses available and understand the features you will be getting with the help of before you go to purchase a mattress.

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