Sleep is vital to our health and well being. When we sleep, the brain sends and receives signals from parts of the body regarding health and pain and resets itself to face a new day tomorrow. This process resets the body to peak health.
All this happens every night in the eight hours we’re in bed sleeping. When we’re sleep deprived, it can’t happen, says the National Institutes for Health (NIH).
Many sleepers still wake up unrefreshed, achy, and grumpy. They fall asleep mid-afternoon, eat sugary snacks and drink energy drinks for energy, and can’t mentally process things without a lot of thought.
“Our doctors may think we’ve caught something,” said Martin Regueiro of PangeaBed, “but what we’ve caught is lack of quality sleep.”
Our mattress could be the culprit. Here are four signs it’s time to splurge on a new one.
1. You Have Chronic Back Pain
If you wake with lower back pain, you should get a new mattress. When you stand up and stretch, does your back pain ease? As you move around, does your back pain disappear?
The natural S curve of your spine should be visible if you sleep on your back. Side sleepers’ S curve should be straight.
Too soft or cheap mattresses won’t sustain this curve.
2. Your Asthma Or Allergies Get Worse
Beds and pillows are a haven for dust mites. They leave behind waste which, when added to the dust, makes life worse for asthmatics and allergy sufferers.
As sleep science has advanced, so have mattresses. They contain materials now that fight dust, dust mites, and other allergens. We can’t see it, but beds get filthy.
Pangeabed offers copper-infused mattresses that are hypoallergenic and antimicrobial.
3. Your Mattress Is Over Eight Years Old
The National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your mattress every eight to 10 years. Many things affect this such as the size of the person, if the person sleeps with someone, manufacturer and mattress type.
Also look for things like sags, stains and rips–that could be a sign that it’s time for a new one.
Of course, wear and tear will age a product faster. Remember that old cliche, “You get what you pay for.”
Cheap mattresses will wear faster than quality ones, but even quality mattresses will wear out one day. Remember the age of your mattress, and you might find it’s time for a new one.
4. Your Mattress Is Uncomfortable
Even if your mattress looks brand new, you could still wake up sore and stiff.-
Memory foam, gel memory foam (polyurethane and gel beads and polyurethane respectively,) and latex generally last longer than innersprings, but you should still replace that at least every five to seven years, especially if you’re over 40.
Our health and how well our body works during the day owes a lot to what we sleep on.
The PangeaBed mattress contains a layer of Cloud Foam. It stays cool and maintains pressure points so you won’t be tossing and turning, or sticking your foot out, as you try to get comfortable or stay cool.
If you’ve been putting off getting a new mattress, it’s time to make the leap. Your body and mind will thank you.